Published February 10, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) — Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points, Dwyane Wade had 18 and the Miami Heat took advantage of Atlanta's thin bench and pulled away with a 10-0 run in the final period to beat the Hawks 94-76 on Wednesday night.
Daequan Cook led the Heat reserves with 17 points and Udonis Haslem added 14 as Miami's backups outscored their Hawks counterparts 45-8. The Heat have won two straight heading into the All-Star break.
Josh Smith scored 18 points to lead Atlanta and Joe Johnson had 16 on 7-for-21 shooting.
Sixth man Jamal Crawford, the Hawks' second-leading scorer, and backup center Zaza Pachulia missed the game with injuries. Crawford, who led the Hawks with 28 points in Tuesday night's win at Memphis, was held out with a sore left shoulder.
Atlanta struggled to find other players to fill the scoring void from its reserves. Moe Evans had four points and Joe Smith and Jeff Teague each had two points.
The Hawks fell to 21-6 at Philips Arena as their streak of five straight home wins ended. Atlanta also snapped its streak of five straight home wins against the Heat.
Miami ended a four-game road losing streak.
Cook, who averages 4.5 points per game, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to break a 71-71 tie and give the Heat a six-point lead with 7:53 remaining. Carlos Arroyo capped the 10-0 run to push the lead to 81-71.
Miami outscored Atlanta 23-15 in the second quarter to lead 43-42 at halftime.
Haslem had 10 points and five rebounds in the first half as Miami's bench outscored Atlanta's reserves 19-3 in the first half.
NOTES: Miami won at Atlanta for the first time since March 21, 2007. ... Pachulia missed his second straight game with a sore left hip. The team expects Pachulia to be cleared when it resumes practice on Monday following the All-Star break. ... Hawks coach Mike Woodson and Miami's Michael Beasley were called for technical fouls with 1:02 remaining in the first half.