Hawks Top Heat 93-89 In OT As LeBron James Plays, Chris Bosh Sits

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Hawks Vs. Heat Final Score: Atlanta 93, Miami 89 In Overtime With LeBron James Back

The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat put together a grueling overtime Southeast Division battle, with the Hawks coming out on top, 93-89. The Heat had to play without Chris Bosh, but got LeBron James back, while the Hawks lost Al Horford for much of the second half and overtime due to what’s apparently a minor right ankle injury.

James blew up for 34 points in his return, backed up by Dwyane Wade’s 27. Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with 19 each, with a pair of drives by Josh Smith cutting a late Heat fourth quarter lead and putting the Hawks up for good in overtime.

The Hawks are now only two games behind the Heat in the division and playoff race. The Heat need to get healthy or learn to win hurt, having lost four in a row with Toronto on the way, while the Hawks get New Orleans next.

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Hawks Vs. Heat: LeBron James Plays For First Time Since Ankle Injury, But Chris Bosh Sits

LeBron James is back on the court for the Miami Heat two games after twisting his ankle against the L.A. Clippers. LeBron was in the Heat's starting lineup as Miami visited the Atlanta Hawks in one of Tuesday's two NBA games.

James, the two-time reigning MVP, missed games against the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls in the past week. The Heat lost both games, as well as the game in L.A. during which James was felled. It was Miami's second three-game losing streak of the season, and knocked the Heat out of first place in the contested Eastern Conference.

Chris Bosh, who turned an ankle in Saturday's loss to the Bulls, was inactive for the Heat. Bosh continues to draw ire for his unfortunate comments about the dangers of hustle following his injury, which happened as Bulls rookie Omer Asik dove for a loose ball near Bosh's left leg.

Dwyane Wade, who was also banged up in Chicago, didn't practice on Monday, but also started against the Hawks. Wade missed two games earlier this season. Bosh had played in all 42 of Miami's games until missing the Hawks game.

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LeBron James' Injury May Sideline Him For Heat-Hawks Game; Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Also Ailing

The Miami Heat have dropped three straight games, thanks in part to injuries suffered by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. If they are to break their losing streak with a win over the Hawks on Tuesday night, they may have to find a way to do so without James and Bosh. From the Miami Herald:

[...] Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade will play Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

LeBron James and [Chris] Bosh status remains questionable.

James hasn't played since the Heat's loss to the Clippers on Jan. 12. Since then, he's missed two games in which Miami lost on the road in Denver and Chicago.

Bosh didn't practice Monday, as he was still nursing a twisted ankle from Saturday's game against the Bulls. Wade banged up his knee during the same game. Without James and Bosh around him, Wade did his best to keep his team in the game, draining three three-pointers within the final two minutes, but he missed some crucial free throws, and Miami lagged on defense.

The Hawks have won eight of their last 10 games, and stand only three games behind the Heat in the Southeast division. One thing working in the Heat's favor, at least, is that they're playing at home after a five-game road trip.

For more, check in with SB Nation's Miami Heat blog, Peninsula Is Mightier, and our Hawks blog, Peachtree Hoops.

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