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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MIAMI            22   33   28   24    107  
     ATLANTA          25   17   18   13    73      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIA - CARON BUTLER 25, EDDIE JONES 20, 
                      VLADIMIR STEPANIA 16
                ATL - JASON TERRY 17, GLENN ROBINSON 12, 
                      SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIA - VLADIMIR STEPANIA 13, BRIAN GRANT 6, 
                      MALIK ALLEN 6
                ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10, ALAN HENDERSON 
                      7, GLENN ROBINSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 8, MIKE JAMES 3, CARON 
                      BUTLER 3
                ATL - JASON TERRY 5, MICHAEL WILKS 4, SHAREEF 
                      ABDUR-RAHIM 3

         ATT:   8,414

Box Score

MIAMI (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 32 10-15 3-4 1-2 3 3 25 M Allen 30 3-9 2-2 2-6 1 3 8 B Grant 29 3-4 1-2 2-6 0 3 7 T Best 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 E Jones 37 5-14 7-8 0-3 2 2 20 M James 35 4-12 2-2 0-3 3 1 10 V Stepania 27 6-7 4-6 3-13 2 1 16 A Carter 23 3-5 2-2 0-3 8 1 8 R Butler 13 1-4 8-10 0-0 0 1 11 S Lampley 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 S Marks 6 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 2 L Ellis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 29-36 9-39 21 19 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 6-9, .667 (C Butler 2-2, E Jones 3-4, M James 0-2, R Butler 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (V Stepania, M Allen, R Butler). Turnovers:12 (A Carter 5, V Stepania 2, M Allen 2, E Jones, M James, S Marks). Steals: 18 (V Stepania 4, C Butler 4, A Carter 3, M James 3, B Grant 2, E Jones 2). ATLANTA (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Robinson 33 5-12 1-1 1-4 1 4 12 S Abdur-Rahim 29 5-7 2-2 2-10 3 4 12 T Ratliff 17 1-2 4-6 0-2 0 4 6 M Wilks 29 0-6 2-2 0-3 4 4 2 J Terry 35 6-15 3-3 0-1 5 2 17 A Henderson 25 1-4 1-2 2-7 0 3 3 I Newble 22 4-8 0-0 0-1 2 2 8 D Ham 17 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 N Mohammed 14 1-1 3-4 1-2 0 2 5 D Glover 13 0-6 3-4 1-3 1 2 3 M Maloney 6 0-2 1-1 0-0 1 1 1 C Crawford DNP - LEFT KNEE INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-66 20-25 7-33 17 29 73 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (G Robinson 1-3, J Terry 2-9, I Newble 0-1, M Maloney 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:1 (S Abdur-Rahim). Turnovers:24 (G Robinson 7, N Mohammed 6, S Abdur-Rahim 4, I Newble 2, T Ratliff, M Maloney, D Glover, J Terry, M Wilks). Steals: 6 (M Wilks 2, M Maloney, S Abdur-Rahim, I Newble, D Glover). -------------------------------------------- MIAMI 22 33 28 24 - 107 ATLANTA 25 17 18 13 - 73 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:54 1st; COACH Riley, 5:02 4th). Atlanta - 2 (A Henderson, 3:59 2nd; Defensive Three, 11:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,414. T: 2:11. Officials: David Jones, Greg Willard, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

MIAMI (107) AT ATLANTA (73) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 32 10-15 3-4 1 1 2 3 3 4 0 25 M ALLEN F 30 3-9 2-2 2 4 6 1 3 0 2 8 B GRANT C 29 3-4 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 2 0 7 T BEST G 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 E JONES G 37 5-14 7-8 0 3 3 2 2 2 1 20 M JAMES 35 4-12 2-2 0 3 3 3 1 3 1 10 V STEPANIA 27 6-7 4-6 3 10 13 2 1 4 2 16 A CARTER 23 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 8 1 3 5 8 R BUTLER 13 1-4 8-10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 S LAMPLEY 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 S MARKS 6 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 2 L ELLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-74 29-36 9 30 39 21 19 18 12 107 (.486) (.806) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12 (10 PTS) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G ROBINSON F 33 5-12 1-1 1 3 4 1 4 0 7 12 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 29 5-7 2-2 2 8 10 3 4 1 4 12 T RATLIFF C 17 1-2 4-6 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 6 M WILKS G 29 0-6 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 2 1 2 J TERRY G 35 6-15 3-3 0 1 1 5 2 0 1 17 A HENDERSON 25 1-4 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 0 3 I NEWBLE 22 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 8 D HAM 17 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 N MOHAMMED 14 1-1 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 6 5 D GLOVER 13 0-6 3-4 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 3 M MALONEY 6 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 C CRAWFORD DNP - LEFT KNEE INJURY TOTALS 240 25-66 20-25 7 26 33 17 29 6 24 73 (.379) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 25 (31 PTS) MIAMI 22 33 28 24 - 107 ATLANTA 25 17 18 13 - 73 BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - V STEPANIA, M ALLEN, R BUTLER. ATLANTA - S ABDUR- RAHIM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-9 (.667), C BUTLER 2-2, E JONES 3-4, M JAMES 0- 2, R BUTLER 1-1. ATLANTA 3-14 (.214), G ROBINSON 1-3, J TERRY 2-9, I NEWBLE 0-1, M MALONEY 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH RILEY. ATLANTA - A HENDERSON, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, GREG WILLARD, PAT FRAHER. A - 8,414. T - 2:11.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Not even the loss of their starting point guard could slow the resurgent Miami Heat. Despite losing Travis Best to a right ankle sprain just two minutes into the contest, the Heat routed the Atlanta Hawks, 107-73, for their sixth victory in seven games. Miami's point total represented a season high and the margin of victory was the fifth-largest in franchise history. Rookie Caron Butler tied a season high with 25 points and had four steals. Eddie Jones added 20 points and Vladimir Stepania 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who started the season 5-17 but have won seven of nine since. "I'm learning the system more and more," said Butler, who made 10-of-15 shots. "I'm taking more shots and getting comfortable in the system. My teammates believe in me and tell me to shoot it. It feels real good to start the new year off with a win, the confidence is real high right now." "He's making things happen for me and I'm making things happen for him," Jones said of the rookie small forward. Atlanta led after one quarter, 25-22, but Miami took the lead for good, 35-33, on a layup by Anthony Carter with 8:22 left in the second quarter. "I felt good about coming into the game," said Hawks coach Terry Stotts, whose team also lost to the Heat in Miami on Monday. "I thought after our game in Miami, there were things that we could build on. I like the ways we came out in the first quarter, but we are not a team that has a great margin of error in any game that we go into." The Heat opened a 55-42 edge by halftime behind 15 points by Butler and 14 by Jones, and extended their advantage to 83-60 entering the final quarter. Miami led by as many as 36 points - the team's largest advantage this season. The Heat shot 49 percent from the field (36-of-74), including 6-of-9 from the arc, and 81 percent from the line (29-of-36). "They're really starting to understand ball movement and pick-and-rolls and our best players are stepping up," Heat coach Pat Riley said. Led by the quick perimeter players Jones and Butler, the Heat outscored the Hawks on the break, 31-5. "Earlier in the season we were getting out (on the break) but our decision-making wasn't there," Butler said. "Now we're understanding each other and playing with each other and feeling comfortable." Jason Terry scored 17 points and Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim 12 apiece for Atlanta, which shot just 38 percent (25-of-66) en route to its fourth loss in six games. Miami converted 25 Atlanta turnovers into 31 points, while the Hawks scored just 10 points off 12 Heat giveaways. "Turnovers were definitely the story of the game," Terry said. "We have to take care of the ball and execute offensively. When you turn the ball over it leads to easy baskets. Against good defensive teams you can't do that." "Probably our best game of the year or prob their worst game," Riley said. "We played with a lot of energy. The commitment to run had a big impact. We were pushing the ball off of their misses and in transition." But Riley's happiness with his team's performance was tempered by his concern for Best. "It doesn't look very good," Riley said. "He rolled it. He's had ankle problems all year. He has it now on the inside of the ankle and on the outside." But Mike James filled in admirably, scoring 10 points, and fellow reserve Carter added eight and eight assists, helping the Heat roll to the win. "What bothers me about the first half are that the things that fell apart are things that we can control," Stotts said. "We were soft with the ball. We were not alert on transition defense." "We knew if we didn't come out in the second quarter and play our type of style ... we push the ball, we attack them and got after it defensively," Jones said. "We came away with a lot of baskets and uncontested shots."


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