MIAMI - Josh Smith made a go-ahead layup with 34.7 seconds left in overtime, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford each scored 19 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Miami, 93-89, on Tuesday to send the Heat to a fourth straight loss.
Atlanta improved to 8-4 in games decided by five points or fewer, and Miami fell to 1-7 in such games.
“Everything we got tonight,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said, “we really had to earn.”
For a team that was riding a streak of 21 wins in 22 games a week ago, the Heat – which played without Chris Bosh – are sliding.
“This was a tough one,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “No other way to say it. It was tough to get a real handle and grip on both sides of the floor.”
Johnson had a tying layup with 25.4 seconds left in regulation and two game-sealing free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime.
LeBron James scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Miami, but he missed a long 3-pointer at the end of regulation and another 28-foot try as the shot clock was expiring late in overtime and the Heat down by two.
Dwyane Wade finished with 27 points for the Heat, who got a truly unusual game – 16 rebounds, with no field-goal or free-throw attempts – from Joel Anthony. According to STATS LLC, only Dennis Rodman – who did it three times in a three-week span for the San Antonio Spurs in January 1994 – has had a stat line like the one Anthony finished with Tuesday.