Going down to the final buzzer the Atlanta Hawks (22-56) had a chance to take the lead but fall short in Miami losing to the Heat (42-36) 101-98.
It was all young guys in Tuesday’s lost which actually worked well throughout the game but coming down to the final seconds the lack of experience showed as it showed when the Hawks were given the opportunity to take the last shot and maybe take the lead, players seemed to not want the ball in their hands.
However, the Hawks battled the entire game once again against a playoff team but wasn’t able to finish the job.
The Hawks started off slow on the offensive end but they found their groove finishing the game shooting 42 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from behind the arc.
The defense also stepped up as they forced the Heat to struggle throughout the game. Hawks held the Heat to just 24.2 percent from three and forced them to commit 14 turnovers.
John Collins lead the Hawks in scoring putting up 19 points and he also recored a double-double snatching 10 rebounds.
Collins was able to knock down a career high 3-pointers shooting 3-7 from deep.
Tyler Dorsey added 18 points, Damion Lee scored 16 and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Isaiah Taylor scored 15 and dished out 9 assists.
Dewayne Dedmon was a late scratch from the Hawks starting lineup and was later ruled not available due to sore ribs.
Tauren Prince was also limited to just 10 minutes of playing time as he sat out the entire second half, according to Mike Budenholzer it was a “coach’s decision.”
The Hawks will head back home to Atlanta and be back in action for a chance at revenge against the Heat at 7:30 p.m.
Daric Clemens – @DClemens_