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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 20 23 15 21 79 MIAMI 26 13 28 34 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 18, ALAN HENDERSON 14, ISAIAH RIDER 12 MIA - JAMAL MASHBURN 28, ALONZO MOURNING 20, OTIS THORPE 14

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 20, LAPHONSO ELLIS 10 MIA - OTIS THORPE 10, DAN MAJERLE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - BIMBO COLES 4, ISAIAH RIDER 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 11, ANTHONY CARTER 6

ATT: 19,600


Extended Box

ATLANTA (79) AT MIAMI (101)

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

HENDERSON F 30 4-11 6-6 2 1 3 0 4 1 1 14 JACKSON F 36 6-18 5-6 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 18 MUTOMBO C 38 1-11 4-8 7 13 20 0 3 1 2 6 COLES G 32 3-7 1-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 7 RIDER G 39 6-22 0-0 0 6 6 3 0 0 1 12 TERRY 16 3-9 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 6 ELLIS 24 4-9 2-4 5 5 10 2 4 0 0 10 WRIGHT 10 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 CRAWFORD 7 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 JOHNSON 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 BOWDLER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-92 22-30 18 30 48 11 21 5 7 79 (.304) (.733) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 7(9 PTS)

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

BROWN F 12 3-3 0-0 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 6 MASHBURN F 38 10-19 6-7 1 5 6 3 1 0 2 28 MOURNING C 26 9-18 2-6 0 8 8 0 4 0 3 20 HARDAWAY G 27 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 11 2 0 0 2 MAJERLE G 27 0-4 0-0 0 10 10 1 0 0 0 0 CARTER 25 4-6 2-3 0 2 2 6 1 1 2 10 LENARD 25 4-11 0-0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 8 WEATHERSPOON 27 4-7 5-7 1 7 8 2 3 1 0 13 CAUSWELL 8 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 THORPE 23 7-9 0-3 5 5 10 1 2 1 0 14 WALTERS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-83 15-26 11 39 50 30 20 3 7 101 (.506) (.577) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 7(11 PTS)

ATLANTA 20 23 15 21 - 79 MIAMI 26 13 28 34 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - ELLIS, JACKSON, HENDERSON. MIAMI - MOURNING 4, WEATHERSPOON 3, BROWN, MASHBURN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 1-10 (.100), JACKSON 1-4, RIDER 0-4, TERRY 0-2. MIAMI 2-11 (.182), MASHBURN 2-3, HARDAWAY 0-2, MAJERLE 0-3, LENARD 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, KEN MAUER, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 19,600. T - 2:18.


Box Score

ATLANTA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 30 4-11 6-6 2-3 0 4 14 Jackson 36 6-18 5-6 2-4 1 3 18 Mutombo 38 1-11 4-8 7-20 0 3 6 Coles 32 3-7 1-2 0-2 4 2 7 Rider 39 6-22 0-0 0-6 3 0 12 Terry 16 3-9 0-0 2-2 1 1 6 Ellis 24 4-9 2-4 5-10 2 4 10 Wright 10 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Crawford 7 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Johnson 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Bowdler 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Glover DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-92 22-30 18-48 11 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.304, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 1-10, .100 (Jackson 1-4, Rider 0-4, Terry 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 3 (Ellis, Jackson, Henderson). Turnovers: 7 (Mutombo 2, Henderson, Jackson, Johnson, Rider, Terry). Steals: 5 (Terry 2, Henderson, Jackson, Mutombo).

MIAMI (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 12 3-3 0-0 2-2 1 4 6 Mashburn 38 10-19 6-7 1-6 3 1 28 Mourning 26 9-18 2-6 0-8 0 4 20 Hardaway 27 1-6 0-0 0-1 11 2 2 Majerle 27 0-4 0-0 0-10 1 0 0 Carter 25 4-6 2-3 0-2 6 1 10 Lenard 25 4-11 0-0 0-0 5 2 8 Weatherspoon 27 4-7 5-7 1-8 2 3 13 Causwell 8 0-0 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 Thorpe 23 7-9 0-3 5-10 1 2 14 Walters 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-83 15-26 11-50 30 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.577. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Mashburn 2-3, Hardaway 0-2, Majerle 0-3, Lenard 0-3). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 9 (Mourning 4, Weatherspoon 3, Brown, Mashburn). Turnovers: 7 (Mourning 3, Carter 2, Mashburn 2). Steals: 3 (Carter, Thorpe, Weatherspoon). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 20 23 15 21 - 79 Miami 26 13 28 34 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,600. T: 2:18. Officials: Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The American Airlines Arena finally felt like home for the Miami Heat as they welcomed back point guard and emotional leader Tim Hardaway with a 101-79 rout of the floundering Atlanta Hawks.

Hardaway handed out 11 assists for the Heat, who entered the contest with a 2-3 mark in their new arena with losses against NBA patsies Vancouver, New Jersey and league-worst Chicago.

Hardaway had missed the previous 26 games with a jammed right knee but was activated from the injured list and in the starting lineup tonight. He showed considerable rust, going 1-of-6 for a season-low two points in 26 minutes, but he did not commit a turnover and worked well in tandem with fellow superstar Alonzo Mourning, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter.

"I wanted to come out, get the ball and push it up," Hardaway said. "I wanted to make easy shots for our team. Make it easy and simple for us and that is what I did tonight. Our team responded by making good shots and playing good defense. Although I played pretty well, I still have room for some improvements."

"Tim played a good game. Any time you have 11 assists and no turnovers, it's a good game," Miami coach Pat Riley added. "I think he played a little too much in the first half. I would like to play Tim (Anthony Carter) at the same time. Tim needs to continue to rehab. Players have a tendency to return to the lineup and stop working out."

Jamal Mashburn, playing through persistent trade rumors, scored 28 points as the Heat finally blew away an opponent in the building they moved into on January 2. Mashburn, who has been named in a deal to Philadelphia for high-flying guard Larry Hughes, was 10-of-19 from the floor for Miami, which moved within one-half game of Indiana (26-13) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I enjoy playing basketball. I just go out there and play and let everything take care of itself," Mashburn said. "Having Tim back has helped a lot. He allows me to move and cut and do different things."

"I thought Jamal played exceptional tonight, Riley said. "This is a profession and that is how he played. We talked before the game and we will continue to talk. He came out and played like a pro."

Otis Thorpe scored 14 points and fellow reserve Clarence Weatherspoon added 13 for the Heat, who overcame a season-worst 13-point second-quarter by outscoring the Hawks, 28-16, in the third period to pull ahead for good.

"I just try to come in and fill the gaps," Thorpe said. "I think the bench overall did a great job tonight. They came in and gave us the lift that we needed."

Jim Jackson scored 18 points and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 20 rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped nine of their last 10 on the road and 16 of 20 overall.

"It's the same problem as always," Jackson said. "In the third quarter, we got down again and gave up easy transition baskets. We turned the ball over and gave them easy transition baskets that they didn't get in the first half. I don't understand it."

Miami has won five of the last six games in the series.

Mutombo had a dreadful night from the field, misfiring on 10-of-11 shots, as did Isaiah Rider, who scored 12 on points on 6-of-22 shooting.

Alan Henderson had 14 points and LaPhonso Ellis added 10 and rebounds off the bench for Atlanta, which shot just 30 percent (28-of-92) and lost the battle on the boards, 50-48.

Hardaway's backup, rookie Anthony Carter, had 10 points and six assists in 26 minutes off the bench for Miami, which shot 51 percent (42-of-83) and committed just seven turnovers.

"The second half is as good as we played in a long, long time," Riley said. "We got some great support out of Clarence, Otis, and Anthony. We showed a lot of life. We stayed on course and got on a run and kept building on that."

The Heat jumped to a 26-20 lead after one quarter behind 11 points by Mashburn. But Miami looked out of sync over the next 12 minutes, missing 14-of-19 shots as Jackson scored nine points to give Atlanta a 42-39 advantage at the half.

Mashburn's three-point play with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter put Miami ahead to stay at 46-44 and sparked a 10-2 run that Mourning capped with a 20-footer to make it 53-46 with 7:58 left in the period.

A 3-pointer by Mashburn with 10:53 to play pushed the advantage to 72-60 and Voshon Lenard's layup with 6:09 left gave Miami its biggest lead at 87-65.

"This was a real difficult loss because in the first half we played well and we were in the game," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "In the second half, all of a sudden our defense was not there and we were relying on outside shots, which were not dropping. Then, our heads start dropping everytime we don't get a call. You cannot play that way."

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