Heat Reaction: Postgame grades
LeBron James 3-11 FG | 9-12 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS
Nineteen down, three to go for the modern record. The Hawks made it a point to never let LeBron get comfortable all night as he was absorbing big hits like a running back. He suffered his worst shooting night of the season, but it was telling that, once again, it didn't affect the final score. He sat most of the fourth quarter in the first game of the team's back-to-back, which seems prudent.
Dwyane Wade 9-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS
Collapse and kick, collapse and kick, collapse and kick. Wade has taken a page out of LeBron's book these days, finding open shooters on the perimeter anytime he runs into trouble in the paint. And it has made the Heat virtually impossible to guard. Wade played hop-scotch around Atlanta defenders all night and crushed the Hawks when they overplayed him. Just Wade being Wade.
Chris Bosh 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS
The bizarre rebounding woes continue, but again, it didn't seem to matter. Bosh didn't pick up his first rebound until the closing second of the first half and he was lucky to even get that one. However, he remained active on the defensive end and contained Al Horford better than when they previously met. With every made jumper, Bosh showed Josh Smith what a real stretch big man looks like.
The Other Two
I'm talking about Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem here, not Shane Battier and Ray Allen. The starting duo played brilliantly against the Hawks. When Chalmers drains 3-pointers and Udonis Haslem gobbles up every miss, the opponent's margin for error is thinner than a sheet of Kleenex. None of the Big 3 had a monster night and they blew out a playoff team.
And the Hawks become the first double casualty of the Heat's win streak. After losing to the Heat a few weeks ago in Atlanta, the Hawks had no such luck finding answers this time around. What's most troubling for the rest of the league is that Miami's Big 3 played just so-so and they still picked the Hawks apart. All told, this looked like a team that enjoyed their Monday night in Miami.
LeBron James shot just 3-for-11 (27 percent) on Tuesday, which is the worst shooting percentage of the season and just the second time in the past 21 games that he has shot below 50 percent in a game.
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