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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 20 23 22 24 89 ATLANTA 33 19 17 32 101 FINAL


Box Score

MIAMI (89) AT ATLANTA (101)

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

MASHBURN F 37 5-8 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 0 4 10 BROWN F 10 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 6 MOURNING C 10 2-4 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 4 LENARD G 37 7-15 0-1 0 3 3 2 3 1 4 18 MURDOCK G 35 1-9 0-0 0 2 2 11 2 3 0 3 CAUSWELL 34 7-9 1-2 0 5 5 0 3 0 3 15 STRICKLAND 18 4-5 1-1 3 2 5 0 5 0 3 9 WALTERS 18 4-6 1-1 1 0 1 4 4 1 1 9 MILLS 18 2-4 0-0 0 9 9 3 5 0 2 4 CONLON 19 5-7 1-3 3 2 5 2 2 0 1 11 LANG 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ASKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-73 4-8 14 29 43 26 30 5 20 89 (.548) (.500) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 24(31 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 28 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 4 HENDERSON F 28 4-10 5-8 2 2 4 0 1 2 0 13 MUTOMBO C 34 4-6 2-4 4 6 10 1 2 0 0 10 SMITH G 38 9-15 10-11 1 1 2 3 1 3 1 30 BLAYLOCK G 38 3-12 2-4 0 2 2 10 1 1 2 10 LAETTNER 28 7-10 3-5 1 2 3 0 4 4 1 17 RECASNER 17 0-3 4-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 MILLER 6 1-2 2-2 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 4 BROWN 20 3-5 1-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 7 BARRY 3 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 31-43 13 16 29 16 12 10 6 101 (.458) (.721) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 6(7 PTS)

MIAMI 20 23 22 24 - 89 ATLANTA 33 19 17 32 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MASHBURN, CAUSWELL. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, HENDERSON, RECASNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-16 (.313), MASHBURN 0-1, LENARD 4-8, MURDOCK 1-3, WALTERS 0-2, MILLS 0-2. ATLANTA 4-13 (.308), CORBIN 0-1, SMITH 2-3, BLAYLOCK 2-7, RECASNER 0-1, BARRY 0-1. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - CONLON. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, ED F RUSH, DAVID JONES. A - 20,980. T - 1:58.


Agate Box Score

MIAMI (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mashburn 37 5-8 0-0 2-3 3 3 10 Brown 10 3-5 0-0 2-3 1 2 6 Mourning 10 2-4 0-0 3-7 0 1 4 Lenard 37 7-15 0-1 0-3 2 3 18 Murdock 35 1-9 0-0 0-2 11 2 3 Causwell 34 7-9 1-2 0-5 0 3 15 Strickland 18 4-5 1-1 3-5 0 5 9 Walters 18 4-6 1-1 1-1 4 4 9 Mills 18 2-4 0-0 0-9 3 5 4 Conlon 19 5-7 1-3 3-5 2 2 11 Lang 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Askins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-73 4-8 14-43 26 30 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.548, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Mashburn 0-1, Lenard 4-8, Murdock 1-3, Walters 0-2, Mills 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Mashburn, Causwell). Turnovers: 24 (Lenard 4, Mashburn 4, Causwell 3, Strickland 3, Mills 2, Brown, Conlon, Lang, Walters). Steals: 5 (Murdock 3, Lenard, Walters).

ATLANTA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 28 2-8 0-0 1-2 1 1 4 Henderson 28 4-10 5-8 2-4 0 1 13 Mutombo 34 4-6 2-4 4-10 1 2 10 Smith 38 9-15 10-11 1-2 3 1 30 Blaylock 38 3-12 2-4 0-2 10 1 10 Laettner 28 7-10 3-5 1-3 0 4 17 Recasner 17 0-3 4-5 0-0 0 0 4 Miller 6 1-2 2-2 3-4 0 1 4 Brown 20 3-5 1-2 1-2 1 1 7 Barry 3 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 31-43 13-29 16 12 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.721. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Corbin 0-1, Smith 2-3, Blaylock 2-7, Recasner 0-1, Barry 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 2, Henderson, Recasner). Turnovers: 6 (Blaylock 2, Barry, Brown, Laettner, Smith). Steals: 10 (Laettner 4, Smith 3, Henderson 2, Blaylock). ____________________________________________ Miami 20 23 22 24 - 89 Atlanta 33 19 17 32 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Conlon, 1:09 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,980. T: 1:58. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ed F Rush, David Jones.


Game Recap

Steve Smith scored 30 points and the Atlanta Hawks won for the fifth time in six games and avoided a season series sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat with a 101-89 victory.

Atlanta (50-32) will be the fifth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference and will face the fourth-seeded Charlotte Hornets (51-31) in the first round of the playoffs. The Hornets, who clinched homecourt with a victory over Orlando just minutes earlier, lost all four meetings with the Hawks this season.

Miami (55-27), which closed the season with three straight losses and five in its last seven games, will be seeded second in the East as reigning Atlantic Division champions. The Heat will face seventh-seeded New York in the first round.

The regular season is all over now, and we've got to get ourselves four or five good days of practice," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "I'm confident we will be right next Friday against the Knicks."

"Without a doubt it's going to be a competitive, physical series," Heat center Alonzo Mourning said. "We can beat them. We have to stick to our game plan, execute our offense and play good, rock-solid defense."

Christian Laettner and Alan Henderson scored 17 points apiece, Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 10 rebounds and Mookie Blaylock had 10 assists for the Hawks, who reached the 50-win mark for the second consecutive season. Atlanta won 56 games last season.

"The first group played really well, as did the first couple of substitutes," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "In the end, I don't care if we've already won the game, I don't like for our last group to all of a sudden lose focus, not knowing where people are. For the most part we came out and played hard. We moved the ball and did things we had to do to win.

"You want to keep a rhythm going for the playoffs. You want guys coming off the bench and producing. When you talk about defense you want to be focused and alert, so that's what we're going to build on this week."

Voshon Lenard scored 18 points for Miami, which was going after its first season sweep of Atlanta. Eric Murdoch added 11 assists and Jamal Mashburn, playing for the first time since missing 31 games with a fractured thumb, had 10 points and three rebounds in 37 minutes.

Tim Hardaway sat out the game with an inflamed knee and Mourning played just 10 minutes, collecting four points and seven rebounds.

Although the Heat outrebounded the Hawks 49-39 and outshot them from the field 55 percent (40-for-73) to 46 percent (33-for-72), Miami had 24 turnovers that Atlanta converted into 31 points. The Hawks only had six turnovers, leading to seven Miami points.

"It was a pretty sloppy game on our part," Riley said. "I thought that we played well in the third quarter, when we took care of the ball and didn't turn it over, but giving them 31 points off turnovers, you know it's not going to work."

Miami took its last lead when a jumper by Mashburn capped a 10-0 run, giving the Heat a 53-52 lead at the 8:35 mark of the third quarter.

Atlanta answered with a 7-0 spurt to regain the lead for good. Blaylock opened it with a basket and a driving layup by Smith capped it at 59-53 with 6:31 to go.

The Heat pulled within 64-63 with 2:31 left, but the Hawks put together a 20-6 burst that carried into the fourth quarter and put away the game. Smith had eight points during the spurt, including a pair of three-pointers, and Mutombo's basket with 7:27 remaining finished it at 84-69.

"It was a good way to finish the season," Smith said. "I'm disappointed we didn't get homecourt advantage, but it's not too bad going into Charlotte, since we beat them four times this season. We played well and gave ourselves a chance to win the game and 50 wins sounds way better than 49, so we'll take it."

Mutombo had two blocks to give him 2,027 for his career, tying him for 10th on the all-time NBA list with Larry Nance. Blaylock also picked up one steal, giving him an Atlanta single-season record of 183. Mutombo finished second in the NBA in blocks and Blaylock led the league in steals.

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