Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat: Recap – Heat Handle Hawks 98-81, Extend Streak to 19 Straight

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The Miami Heat sure do make it look easy.

They extended their winning streak to 19 straight games on Tuesday with a 98-81 wire-to-wire home victory over the reeling Atlanta Hawks.

Miami’s streak matches the fifth-longest in NBA history.

The Hawks, meanwhile, have lost five consecutive on the road and six-of-seven overall.

Dwyane Wade paced the Heat with a game-high 23 points on 50 percent shooting, while adding six assists, five steals and four rebounds in 30 minutes of action. LeBron James struggled to find his shot (3-of-11) but still flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, seven boards and seven assists. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers chipped in with 14 points each and Ray Allen added 12 points off the bench.

Atlanta was led by Josh Smith’s 15-point performance, while Al Horford and Jeff Teague each scored 12 points. The injury-plagued Hawks suffered another scare Tuesday as Teague rolled his left ankle late in the third quarter and didn’t return to action. He got re-taped in the locker room and watched the rest of the game from the bench.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat

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