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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 16 29 22 33 100 ATLANTA 17 15 27 33 92 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 18, BRIAN GRANT 16, AC GREEN 14 ATL - JASON TERRY 23, DERMARR JOHNSON 16, ALAN HENDERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 11, BRIAN GRANT 7 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 9, ALAN HENDERSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, TIM HARDAWAY 7 ATL - JASON TERRY 9, HANNO MOTTOLA 2

ATT: 10,691


Extended Box

MIAMI (100) AT ATLANTA (92)

MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GRANT F 35 6-11 4-4 3 4 7 1 1 0 1 16 MASON F 37 3-8 4-5 3 8 11 2 3 0 1 10 CAUSWELL C 18 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 1 1 4 HARDAWAY G 30 4-13 0-0 1 1 2 7 1 2 5 11 JONES G 28 5-9 6-6 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 18 BOWEN 36 3-5 3-4 0 2 2 4 3 0 1 10 CARTER 27 5-8 1-4 1 3 4 8 1 2 2 11 CEBALLOS 8 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6 GREEN 21 5-7 4-4 3 3 6 1 1 0 2 14 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE

TOTALS 240 35-69 24-29 12 26 38 23 19 6 14 100 (.507) (.828) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HENDERSON F 30 6-9 3-4 3 4 7 0 5 1 4 15 D JOHNSON F 32 5-7 4-5 0 5 5 0 5 1 6 16 MUTOMBO C 32 5-5 1-1 3 6 9 1 6 0 2 11 MALONEY G 32 1-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 TERRY G 40 9-19 4-5 0 2 2 9 4 3 1 23 ROBINSON 22 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 10 WRIGHT 19 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 GLOVER 4 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 MOTTOLA 15 3-4 3-4 2 0 2 2 2 1 0 9 CRAWFORD 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A JOHNSON 9 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 15-19 10 23 33 14 25 8 15 92 (.493) (.789) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

MIAMI 16 29 22 33 - 100 ATLANTA 17 15 27 33 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - NONE. ATLANTA - WRIGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-10 (.600), HARDAWAY 3-6, JONES 2-2, BOWEN 1-2. ATLANTA 5-11 (.455), D JOHNSON 2-2, MALONEY 0-4, TERRY 1-1, ROBINSON 2-3, GLOVER 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - CAUSWELL, ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, SCOTT WALL. A - 10,691. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MIAMI (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 35 6-11 4-4 3-7 1 1 16 Mason 37 3-8 4-5 3-11 2 3 10 Causwell 18 2-5 0-0 0-4 0 4 4 Hardaway 30 4-13 0-0 1-2 7 1 11 Jones 28 5-9 6-6 1-2 0 4 18 Bowen 36 3-5 3-4 0-2 4 3 10 Carter 27 5-8 1-4 1-4 8 1 11 Ceballos 8 2-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 6 Green 21 5-7 4-4 3-6 1 1 14 Fuller DNP - coach's decision House DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - suspended by league _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 24-29 12-38 23 19 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (Hardaway 3-6, Jones 2-2, Bowen 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 15 (Hardaway 5, Carter 2, Green 2, Bowen, Causwell, Grant, Jones, Mason). Steals: 6 (Carter 2, Hardaway 2, Causwell, Ceballos).

ATLANTA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 30 6-9 3-4 3-7 0 5 15 D Johnson 32 5-7 4-5 0-5 0 5 16 Mutombo 32 5-5 1-1 3-9 1 6 11 Maloney 32 1-7 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Terry 40 9-19 4-5 0-2 9 4 23 Robinson 22 4-8 0-0 0-3 1 1 10 Wright 19 1-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Glover 4 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Mottola 15 3-4 3-4 2-2 2 2 9 Crawford 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Johnson 9 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 15-19 10-33 14 25 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (D Johnson 2-2, Maloney 0-4, Terry 1-1, Robinson 2-3, Glover 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 1 (Wright). Turnovers: 15 (D Johnson 6, Henderson 4, Mutombo 2, A Johnson, Maloney, Terry). Steals: 8 (Terry 3, A Johnson, D Johnson, Henderson, Maloney, Mottola). ____________________________________________ Miami 16 29 22 33 - 100 Atlanta 17 15 27 33 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Causwell, 11:17 3rd). Atlanta 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:30 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,691. T: 2:08. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Scott Wall.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, leading a balanced scoring attack that gave the Miami Heat an easy 100-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Heat, who had seven players in double figures, did not need Jones to take control of the contest, using an 11-0 second-quarter run to take control at 35-23 with 5:29 left in the first half.

But the versatile guard made up for lost time after intermission, hitting 4-of-7 shots, including two 3-pointers, and all six of his free throws.

"We have to be happy," Jones said. "We're trying to build a streak. Each game, we're trying to get to .500. In that second quarter, the guys came out off the bench and did a great job. It won't take just one guy to carry the scoring load, we have to do it collectively. The more we do that, the better we'll be."

Jones' big second half helped offset an awesome effort by Hawks second-year guard Jason Terry, who has blossomed during the team's dismal start. Terry poured in 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter, including eight in a row to pull Atlanta within 64-59 with 1:17 remaining.

But Anthony Carter completed a three-point play on the ensuing trip and the Hawks' rally died as quickly as it started.

"It's definitely encouraging, finding my comfort zone offensively," Terry said. "We were struggling offensively and I just had to take it upon myself to either set someone up or to get myself a shot. Somebody had to get the job done. We were struggling."

Brian Grant scored 16 points, A.C. Green a season-high 14, Tim Hardaway and Carter 11 apiece and Anthony Mason and Bruce Bowen 10 each for the Heat, who cruised to their third straight road win.

Atlanta had won two of three after a dismal 2-12 start.

The Heat came out sluggish and Miami coach Pat Riley turned to Green and the rest of his bench to get his team going. The reserves responded immediately and throughout the contest, outscoring the Hawks' backups, 41-25.

"We try to contribute," Green said. "You don't know when your number is going to be called, you just have to be focused. The most important thing is we played a good game from start to finish. We showed a lot of poise and character."

"The bench gave us a great lift," Riley said. "I thought the starters were absolutely flat at the start of the game. A.C. came in and changed the entire game for us. We're playing better. I don't know if you can say it's turning. Somewhere you've just got to put your foot on the pedal."

Clinging to a 24-23 lead after Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo's follow shot, Miami pulled away for good. Cedric Ceballos made a layup, Green hit a 17-footer and two free throws, Ceballos added two from the line and Hardaway buried a 3-pointer to make it 35-23.

Terry began his third-quarter assault with three straight jumpers to keep the Hawks within 13 points. He connected from 17 and 25 feet and knocked down two free throws before making two more jumpers to get the Hawks within 64-59 with 1:17 left in the period.

Carter missed two free throws on Miami's ensuing trip and Larry Robinson had a chance to get the Hawks within two but missed a 25-footer. Carter came down and drilled a 13-footer, drawing a foul from Anthony Johnson in the process.

Carter hit his free throw and the Heat took a 67-59 lead into the final period.

Johnson scored a basket to open the fourth quarter but Carter hit a jumper from the right corner and Mason, who grabbed 11 rebounds, made a 14-footer to open a 71-61 lead with 10:23 to play.

"They were in that lane all night defensively," Terry said. "As a penetrator, that's the worst thing for me to see. They play tremendous half-court defense. We're not working good in half-court right now."

Atlanta rookie Hanno Mottola answered with a basket but Hardaway drilled another 3-pointer to make it an 11-point cushion. The Hawks did not threaten thereafter.

"We think we finally turned that corner," Hardaway sid. "We've come out and played well in two games now. Our defense and offense are playing hard and are understanding how to play with each other. The bench was huge."

The Heat shot 51 percent (35-of-69) and held a 38-33 rebounding advantage. Miami scored 23 points off 15 turnovers.

Rookie DerMarr Johnson scored a season-high 16 points and Alan Henderson added 15 for the Hawks, who shot 49 percent (36-of-73).

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