Originally created 02/04/03

Hawks fall to Heat



MIAMI -- Eddie Jones scored 26 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, as the Miami Heat beat Atlanta 99-79 Monday night to end the Hawks' three-game winning streak.

Reserve forward LaPhonso Ellis added 15 points and Mike James had 13 as the Heat bench outscored Atlanta's reserves 39-15. Brian Grant got his 19th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but poor shooting by his teammates left the Hawks short of scoring. Jason Terry was 5-of-13 for 13 points, and Glenn Robinson shot 5-for-18 from the floor for 12 points.

The Heat went on a 17-0 run in the first half, their best of the year. They added a 10-0 spurt in the third quarter, and an 11-0 surge in the fourth.

Miami scored 24 points off 20 Atlanta turnovers.

The Heat led by only one point at halftime, then outscored the Hawks 30-15 in the third quarter. It was Miami's first double-digit win since the last time these teams played, a 107-73 Heat victory on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.

It was the last game before a weeklong layoff for the Hawks, with the All-Star game in Atlanta on Sunday.

Notes: Heat F Caron Butler was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for January. He was also named the top rookie in November. ... The Heat's last five losses are by seven points or less. ... Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points against the Heat in their first meeting of the season, but only combined for 28 over the next two.