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Hawks vs Heat final score: Atlanta zooms past Miami, 99-86

On a night headlined by 2 Chainz, the Atlanta Hawks never trailed in dismantling the Miami Heat by a final score of 99-86.

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2 Chainz did 2 Chainz things, the arena was rocking, and the Atlanta Hawks took care of business. The visiting Miami Heat entered somewhat short-handed, but the home team didn't play down to the competition. Instead, they ran away and hid on the way to a 99-86 victory that was never competitive in the second half.

In a nice change from the recent past, the Hawks came out of the gate flying on Friday evening. Atlanta raced to the first seven points of the night, and with DeMarre Carroll leading the way, the Hawks led 12-3 in the blink of an eye. Carroll scored 8 of the first 12 points on the way to a 10-point quarter, and he helped to key a strong defensive effort, holding the visiting Heat to just 37% shooting in the period.

Atlanta would put together two similar pushes in the second quarter, producing seven straight points to extend the lead to 13 points in the early stages, and zooming ahead on the back of a 10-2 spurt that ended at the 2:59 mark of the second quarter. At that point, the home team led by a game-high 18 points at 48-30, and the Hawks nursed that advantage in order to hold an 18-point lead at the halftime break.

DeMarre Carroll continued to be the story throughout the first half, ending with 19 points on 6 for 8 shooting, including 2 for 3 from beyond the three-point arc. Paul Millsap was also strong in the early going, scoring 11 points and snatching 7 rebounds, and Atlanta's defense was up to the challenge, keeping Miami at bay to the tune of just 37 points and 32% from the field.

The third quarter was, fortunately, more of the same on both ends and that set the tone for what would be a blowout victory. Dennis Schröder had his way with the Miami defense, reaching double-double status before the end of three quarters, and the Hawks were still shooting 60% from the floor after 36 minutes of game play. The lead rose to 28 points at one point in the period, and to be honest, there was little fight from the opposition.

In fairness, the Heat did mount a (minor) charge in the fourth quarter, closing to within 12 points with less than five minutes remaining. However, Kyle Korver knocked down what amounted to a dagger three with 4:07 remaining, and from there, the Hawks cruised to the final margin of 99-86.

DeMarre Carroll had one of his best offensive games of the season, finishing with 24 points on 8 for 12 shooting (3 for 5 from three), and he was flanked by Paul Millsap with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Dennis Schröder completed a double-double for his trouble with 12 points and 11 assists, and as a unit, the Hawks were generally good on both ends, shooting 51% from the floor while holding Miami to just 39% on the other end.

The Atlanta Hawks will make the short trip up I-85 to Charlotte for a contest against the Hornets on Saturday, and they will be looking for a third straight victory in the process. Stay tuned.