Originally created 02/03/01

Heat tops Hawks



ATLANTA -- Eddie Jones scored 24 points and Tim Hardaway added 18 as the Miami Heat won for the sixth time in seven games, 91-80 over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Jones, who pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds, also had a game-high five assists. Hardaway, coming off a 21-point performance in an overtime loss at Dallas on Thursday, left the game midway through the third quarter after injuring his right knee. He returned in the fourth wearing an elastic brace.

Jason Terry scored 31 points for the Hawks, who lost their third straight game to Miami. After the Heat took their biggest lead at 80-68 on Dan Majerle's 3-pointer with 5:42 remaining, Terry hit consecutive baskets that helped the Hawks close within 80-76 two minutes later.

Bruce Bowen ended Atlanta's comeback attempt by hitting a 3-pointer with 1:46 to go, giving the Heat an 87-78 lead.

The Hawks have lost seven of nine games. They were outrebounded 51-38 and outscored 25-10 at the foul line. Atlanta missed all six of its 3-point attempts.

Hardaway began the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers that to give the Heat a 10-point lead.

Lorenzen Wright had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.

Notes: Hawks C Dikembe Mutombo blocked two shots to increase his career total to 2,543 and move into a tie with Tree Rollins for sixth place on the career list. ... Terry is averaging 21.6 points over his last 33 games. ... Heat F Brian Grant, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds, left the game briefly at the end of the first quarter after falling and injuring his right knee. He returned in the second quarter wearing an elastic brace.