ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim had a big second
quarter, but it was his basket in the fourth quarter that helped
the Atlanta Hawks pull away.
Abdur-Rahim scored a season-high 34 points and pulled down 12
rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 95-83 victory over the Miami
The Heat trailed by 18 points after the third quarter but used a
20-3 run over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the final period to
get within 74-73. Atlanta responded with seven straight points
to put away the game, including Abdur-Rahim's jumper with 2:55
left that made it 80-73.
Atlanta squandered 16-point leads in each of its previous two
games, a 94-89 loss to Detroit and a 99-97 setback to Toronto.
Abdur-Rahim scored 12 points in the second quarter but the Hawks
led just 44-43 at halftime. He had seven more points and four
rebounds in the third period as the Hawks looked like they would
run away, outscoring the Heat, 27-10.
Jason Terry added 21 points and eight assists and Stephen
Jackson scored 15 for the Hawks.
Eddie Jones collected 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter,
but it was not enough as the Heat went down to their fourth
straight road loss.