Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Saturday, November 3rd
Game 2: Thursday, December 27th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 5th
Game 4: Friday, March 29th

Heat 96

(5-21, 2-10 away)

Hawks 100

(11-18, 8-5 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 27, 2001

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 35 23 22 1696
    ATL 18 30 21 31100

    Top Performers

    Miami: B. Grant 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Terry 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Miami blows 19-point second-half lead

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Comeback victories are almost becoming routine for the Atlanta Hawks.

    The Hawks fell behind by double digits for the 17th time this season before rallying to beat the Miami Heat 100-96 Thursday night.

    Dion Glover scored 16 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:36 left. Jason Terry led the Hawks with 32 points, including 24 in the first half, and hit a clinching jumper with 12.3 seconds left.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which won for just the second time in six games.

    "That's been our problem all year, coming out not ready to play and falling behind," Glover said. "Then we end up having to scratch and fight to get back into it. That's all right, we'll get it right eventually."

    Eddie Jones scored 22 points, and Brian Grant had 16 for Miami, which led by 19 in the second half and looked to be on its way to its best offensive game of the season.

    The Heat set season highs with 38 points in the first quarter and 58 in the first half, and were within reach of their season-high of 99 points, set Dec. 11 against Milwaukee. But for the second time in three games, the Hawks slowed down a hot-scoring opponent with a 1-2-2 zone.

    Miami made its first three shots of the fourth quarter, but went just 3-for-15 down the stretch.

    "When you think it can't get any worse, it gets worse," said Heat coach Pat Riley. "We played well in every department. We just didn't defend in the fourth quarter."

    Atlanta trailed by 10 with 6:26 left, but a 12-2 run tied it at 94. Glover then hit a 3-pointer to give the Hawks their first lead since 1-0.

    "I was ready when I got the ball," Glover said. "I knew I would be open, and it felt so good when the ball left my hand. I knew it was in."

    Rod Strickland closed Miami to one point down with a twisting, driving layup, but Terry hit a jumper as the shot clock ticked down to increase the lead to three.

    LaPhonso Ellis missed a desperation 3 with six seconds left, and Glover made one of two free throws to end it.

    "We should be sick with our individual performances," Miami's Alonzo Mourning said. "When you have a team down, you have to keep them down. You have to have a more desperate attitude."

    Nazr Mohammed, mostly nonexistent through three quarters, played a key role in Atlanta's comeback. He scored six in a row during one stretch -- his first points of the game -- and drew a charge from Grant.

    The Hawks made a similar comeback last Saturday against Charlotte, pulling away for a 101-88 victory after trailing by double digits.

    Game notes
    Pervis Ellison, who hasn't played in nearly a year since being waived by the Seattle SuperSonics, sat with Hawks executive Dominique Wilkins at the press table. But Ellison said he wasn't planning to sign with Atlanta. "I'm just here enjoying the game," he said. ... Hawks guard Emanual Davis missed his sixth consecutive game with a broken nose, and forward Toni Kukoc missed his third consecutive game with back spasms. ... Since signing with the Heat on Dec. 2, Jackson has started eight of 11 games. Miami is 2-6 in those games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 100
    FGM-FGA 36-77 (.468) 31-72 (.431)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 20-31 (.645) 30-34 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 6-35
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 15 11
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 10 6
    Fast Break Points 12 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Brian Grant Grant
    Points: 16
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0