Friday, December 12, 2008. (AP) -- Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Mike Bibby and Josh Smith each added 15, and the Atlanta Hawks easily erased a terrible start to beat the Miami Heat with ease Friday night, 87-73.
Maurice Evans scored 12 points and Al Horford finished with 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who scored the final 14 points of the third quarter, blowing open the game on the way to snapping a three-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which lost for the first time in five games. The Heat missed nine straight shots during one second-half lull, plus were outscored 23-4 in fast-break points and were a mere 4-for-10 from the foul line, compared with Atlanta's 24-for-32.
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