ATLANTA — The Miami Heat ended a seven-game losing streak to the Atlanta Hawks with a dominating performance on the backboards and a big effort from the bench.
Forward Chris Bosh had 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Heat to a 100-88 win Monday at Philips Arena. It was Miami’s first win in Atlanta since Feb. 20, 2013.
Guard Gerald Green came off the bench to score 20 points for the Heat. Led by Green, Miami’s reserves outscored Atlanta’s bench, 31-17. The Heat outrebounded the struggling Hawks, 54-37.
Miami took control in the third quarter. Bosh’s corner 3-pointer put Miami up 60-45 with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter.
Miami’s lead quickly ballooned to 18 early in the fourth quarter.
Hawks guard Kyle Korver hit a straightaway 3-pointer to ignite Atlanta’s last challenge. Korver, who had missed his first five 3-point attempts, looked to the sky in sarcastic disbelief after a 3-ball went down. Point guard Jeff Teague followed with a basket, cutting the deficit to 79-66 and causing Miami to call timeout with 9:14 to play.
But Green and Bosh answered with back-to-back jumpers, pushing the lead to 90-74 with 4:24 to play.
Miami forward Loul Deng finished with 18 points, including a late 3-point play that sealed the win.
Atlanta guard Kent Bazemore, who was reinserted into the starting lineup after a seven-game absence, led the Hawks with 28 points. Bazemore delivered early, scoring seven of the Hawks’ first nine points.
But Atlanta soon lost its shooting touch. The Hawks missed their first seven 3-point attempts, before backup point guard Dennis Schroder connected from the corner to cut the Heat lead to 26-23 early in the second quarter.
The Heat closed out the half on a 16-8 run and took a 47-38 lead into intermission.
Miami (14-9) was on the second half of a back-to-back and riding momentum from Sunday’s stunning comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Heat scored the last 11 points of the game to knock off the Grizzlies.
The Hawks, who have lost three straight, were coming off their worst loss of the season, a 103-78 home drubbing at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Since winning seven of their first eight to start the season, Atlanta has gone 7-11.
The Hawks shot 37.3 percent from the floor in Monday’s loss.
NOTES: Atlanta G Kent Bazemore was inserted into the starting lineup in place of F Thabo Sefolosha for the Monday game against Miami. Coach Mike Budenholzer said he was not planning on the lineup adjustment being a one-game move. … Heat G Tyler Johnson (shoulder) and F Josh McRoberts (bruised right knee) were inactive. Each missed his third consecutive game. … Miami assistant coach Keith Smart, who is on medical leave, was not with the team. … Atlanta guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Edy Tavares were inactive.