Heat turn up defense, stifle Hawks in 95-79 win


Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:15 p.m.

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat were far from perfect offensively. Fortunately for them, the Atlanta Hawks were worse.

Much, much worse.

The NBA's leading scorer, Wade finished with 35 points and the Heat held the Hawks without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes during one first-half stretch, beating Atlanta 95-79 on Monday night.

Atlanta set a franchise-futility record with its 27-point first half. Still, the Hawks got within seven points early in the final quarter before a quick 11-3 burst fueled by Wade and Mario Chalmers sealed it for Miami.

Daequan Cook scored 16 points and Chalmers added 12 points and six assists for Miami (24-19), which moved a season-best five games over .500. Udonis Haslem had a game-high 13 rebounds.

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