Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James tallied 38 points, eight rebounds
and six assists and Michael Beasley drained the two biggest free throws of
his NBA career late in overtime in the Miami Heat's thrilling 121-119
decision over the Atlanta Hawks from AmericanAirlines Arena.
Neither team led by more than a possession in overtime and Miami trailed
119-116 with 1:08 left before Chris Andersen's layup cut its deficit to one.
Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap, who combined to shoot 12-of-18 from behind the
arc, each missed a triple attempt for Atlanta and on the ensuing Heat
possession, James penetrated and dropped a pass off to a slashing Beasley, who
drew a foul with 9.2 seconds remaining.
Beasley drained both free throws to put the hosts in front by a point. Atlanta
had one final look at the basket after Miami took a foul with 2.3 ticks
Out of a timeout, rookie big man Pero Antic inbounded from the left sideline
and lobbed the ball to the rim for a curling Korver, who caught the heave but
failed to get his layup attempt over the rim. Anderson secured the rebound to
seal the outcome for Miami.
Ray Allen, whose free throws forced the extra session, scored 19 points
filling in for an injured Dwyane Wade. Anderson and Beasley netted 12 and 10
points, respectively, off the bench as the Heat won their fifth straight game.
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