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Heat hope to continue dominance of Hawks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Heat look to continue their recent mastery of the Southeast Division-rival Atlanta Hawks when the two clubs square off for the first time Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat took all four meetings with the Hawks last season and have won seven straight, nine of 10 and 14 of the past 19 games in this series. Atlanta hasn't fared so well in south Florida, losing three straight and 19 of the previous 23 trips there.

LeBron James averaged 21.8 points per game against the Hawks last season. The Heat are 55-40 all-time against the Hawks.

Miami has won three straight overall and six of seven games, and recorded a 97-81 triumph at Charlotte on Saturday behind James' 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Michael Beasley scored 15 points and Chris Andersen added 10 for the Heat, who received a combined 11 points from Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

"I looked at LeBron before we ran out on the court and said we're going to need a big game from (Beasley) tonight," Wade said. "He gave it to us."

The Heat shot 50.7 percent for the game and are fourth in the NBA in scoring with 106.1 points per game. James has scored 30-plus points in three straight games and is second in the league with 27.3 ppg. He is three foul shots away from 5,000 in his career.

Miami had scored at least 100 points in each of the first nine games to start the season, the longest streak to begin a season in franchise history.

On the injury front for the two-time defending champions, Wade (knees) and forward Udonis Haslem (back) are probable for Tuesday and guard Ray Allen (flu) is listed as questionable. Guard Mario Chalmers served his one-game suspension for a flagrant foul against Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.

Chalmers took to his Twitter account about missing Saturday's game.

"My teammates gonna hold it down for me tonight against the bobcats. Can't wait till Tuesday night. It's startin to get personal now."

Atlanta enters the game on a roll, having won two straight and four of five games. In a 110-90 victory at New York on Saturday, Jeff Teague led a balanced attack and eight players in double figures with 16 points.

Kyle Korver had 15 points, Paul Millsap added 14 and 13 rebounds, Shelvin Mack compiled 12 points and 12 assists and Al Horford netted 12 points as well. Mike Scott (11), DeMarre Carroll (10) and Gustavo Ayon (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers.

The Hawks shot 56.4 percent for the game and have scored 100-plus points nine times in 10 games this season. They rank second in the NBA in assists with 26.3 per game and have handed out at least 20 in every game.

"I think it was great to see the bench give us what they gave us tonight. I think defensively that was the closest to a complete game we've had," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Korver, meanwhile, has made at least one 3-pointer in 83 straight games, which is six shy of tying Dana Barros' mark of 89. His precise shooting from downtown has the Hawks seventh in the NBA in scoring at 104.7 ppg.

Atlanta is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at .477.

11/19 10:00:12 ET

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Charlotte774th Qtr 6:38 | Box
Miami91TV: TNT, SunSports, SpSouth
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Miami leads series, 1-0.
Dallas563rd Qtr | Box
San Antonio51TNT, SunSports, SpSouth
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Portland 4/23 9:30 PM ET
Houston NBA TV, FSN-SW, KTXA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 91
CHA 77
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
7th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
7th
CLE 3
KAN 3
 
7th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
7th
TOR 7
BAL 9
 
7th
DET 4
CWS 6
 
5th
TAM 3
MIN 4
 
5th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
7th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
4th
MIL 5
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 91
CHA 77
 
Half
SAN 51
DAL 56
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 1
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1