ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 11: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat lays in a basket against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Heat Vs. Hawks: Miami Holds On For Win, Clinches Eastern Conference's No. 2 Seed

LeBron James finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat held on for a 98-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, helping them secure the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.

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Heat Vs. Hawks Score: LeBron James Forced To Play 42 Minutes In Miami Win

LeBron James didn't get to take a night off a la his Boston Celtics rivals, instead playing until the final horn in the Miami Heat's 98-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Miami win was in hand until late in the third quarter, when Atlanta's bench went on a tear, eventually achieving a tie score with just minutes to go.

James ended up with 34 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, but didn't have an excellent fourth quarter. As is custom, James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh ended up with all but 30 or so Miami points, as the three combined for 70.

Weirdest moment of the game: Zydrunas Ilgauskas was ejected in the fourth after pegging Zaza Pachulia in the back of the head with the ball, reminiscent of LeBron's own dodgeball moment on Sunday. Pachulia's offense appeared to be an errant elbow while taking the ball in for a layup, though the big man has been known to get under the skin of opponents with ease.

For more on this game, Heat fans should join Peninsula Is Mightier, and Hawks fans should join Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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Heat Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta's Bench Raising Fourth Quarter Comeback

Contrary to previous reports, the Atlanta Hawks have made a very competitive game of it against the Miami Heat. With just over five minutes left, Atlanta's now down by only three points after trailing by as many as 22. They've also just secured a jump ball forced by a Josh Powell block of LeBron James. As I type this, Powell dunks to cut the lead to one.

The most surprising part, for those who haven't kept up with many Hawks results this season: they're doing it almost entirely with their second unit. Jeff Teague, Powell, Zaza Pachulia, Damien Wilkins, and others have played key minutes down the stretch as the team sits Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, and others. For seasoned Hawks observers, this makes all the sense in the world.

LeBron James, who's still on the floor and fighting for playoff positioning, has scored 31 points and secured eight rebounds.

For more on this game, Heat fans should join Peninsula Is Mightier, and Hawks fans should join Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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Heat Vs. Hawks Score: This Basketball Game Is Over At Halftime

The Miami Heat are battering the Atlanta Hawks at halftime, up 62-49. The Hawks don't care all that much, having locked up their playoff spot already, though the not-caring Hawks kind of looks like the caring Hawks anyway. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have combined for 49 points already.

With 19 points, seven boards, and four assists, James could achieve a triple-double, but he's not going to play long enough to worry about all that.

Choosing to cover this game was not a sensational idea, but I figured the fact that it's a critical one for the Heat should've made it a decent one. Of course, the Hawks are playing a good team in their home arena, which moots any point made in favor of whatever matchup may be in discussion.

For more on this game, Heat fans should join Peninsula Is Mightier, and Hawks fans should join Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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LeBron James Lighting Up Hawks Again As Heat Lead Early

LeBron James has owned Philips Arena of late, scoring 43 points in the Miami Heat's last road game against the Atlanta Hawks. Tonight he's on pace for an even bigger sum, posting 12 in the first quarter, though he's not likely to play the entire game if this one starts getting lopsided. Miami leads 28-21 at the end of the period.

Atlanta's also not likely to play their starters much longer. Josh Smith is back on the court after missing a handful of contests due to injury, securing four offensive rebounds in 10 minutes.  

Dwyane Wade has only attempted four shots so far, hitting half of them to help the Heat shoot 60 percent early on. Actually, he's hurting their shooting percentage right now. Step it up, Dwyane.

For more on this game, Heat fans should join Peninsula Is Mightier, and Hawks fans should join Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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