When the Hawks arrive in Miami, the Heat will be riding an 18-game winning streak. Yes, eighteen games in a row. On top of that, Miami can sweep the four-game season series over Atlanta with a win Tuesday. The Hawks are charged with the tall task of ending that streak, but in Miami it’s virtually impossible. The Heat are playing at an absurdly high level at the moment and they just knocked off second-place Indiana by double-digits on a night where LeBron James didn’t even reach 15 points. That’s juggernaut status. Fortunately for Atlanta, they’ve at least been competitive in each of the three previous meetings. Look for Larry Drew to try to exploit the Heat in the paint with Al Horford and Josh Smith. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Atlanta play Miami close, but in the end the Heat will make it 19 straight.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat
What?: Southeast Divisional Showdown (Game #63, Road Game #33)
Where?: AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, FL)
When?: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 7:30 PM (EST)
How?: NBA TV
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: DeShawn Stevenson | SF: Josh Smith | PF: Al Horford | C: Anthony Tolliver
PG: Mario Chalmers | SG: Dwyane Wade | SF: LeBron James | PF: Udonis Haslem | C: Chris Bosh
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is a game-time decision. Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are out.
Miami Heat: None.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (34-28) … Miami Heat (47-14)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 4 … Miami Heat –> OVERALL: Won 18 / HOME: Won 14 / ROAD: Won 7
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (15-17) away … Heat are (29-3) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks have lost five of their last six games overall, including four straight on the road.
Miami Heat: Hot. The Heat are virtually unbeatable, riding an NBA season-long 18-game winning streak. Enough said.
Season/Past Season Series
Atlanta visits Miami for the second time in the third-and-final meeting between the teams. The Heat own a 3-0 record in this year’s series, including the last game in Miami (101-92) on 12/10. Miami also posted wins of 95-89 (11/9) and 103-90 (2/20) at Philips Arena. Al Horford is averaging 19.0 points versus the Heat this year, while LeBron James is putting up 25.0 points against the Hawks (with two double-doubles). Miami currently owns a six-game winning streak in the series, including two straight at home. Atlanta’s last win over the Heat was 100-92 road decision on 1/2/12. The Heat lead the all-time series 54-40 (34-13 at home).
LAST MEETING – HEAT 103, HAWKS 90 — PHILIPS ARENA (ATL, FL) — 2/20/13
Atlanta fell behind 24-17 after one and by nine midway through the second quarter, before going on a late 16-2 run helping the home team to a 49-45 lead at the break. The Hawks kept it up in the third, leading by as-many-as-11 in the stanza and 73-63 heading to the final frame. Miami opened the fourth on 13-0 run to reclaim the advantage and never looked back, outscoring the Hawks 40-17 in the quarter (the highest output by an opponent in any quarter this year). Al Horford led Atlanta with 27 points (12-15 FGs) and nine rebounds and Josh Smith nearly recorded a triple-double with 10 points, nine boards and a season-high nine assists. Kyle Korver added 12 points and Ivan Johnson 10. LeBron James paced the Heat with 24 points and 11 assists and Dwyane Wade scored 20. The Hawks committed 21 turnovers on the night leading to 23 points, while the Heat had 11 miscues for 10 points. Atlanta held Miami without a second chance point during the game (7-0) and outscored the visitors 23-13 in fast break points. The Hawks also had a 42-33 edge on the glass shot .500 from the field.
Udonis Haslem played for the Hawks summer league squad in 2002. Al Horford’s father Tito starred at University of Miami (1986-88). Miami assistant coach David Fizdale was on the Hawks’ coaching staff from 2004-08, and Heat assistant Ron Rothstein is also a former Hawks assistant and scout. Chris Bosh played at Georgia Tech in 2002-03. Mike Miller and DeShawn Stevenson were teammates with the Wizards for part of 2009-10. Miller and Dahntay Jones were teammates with Memphis (2003-07). Johan Petro, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis teamed up in Seattle from 2005-07.
Information was used from the Hawks and Heat official gamenotes