Heat outlast Hawks in OT thriller

6:26 AM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James tallied 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Michael Beasley drained the two biggest free throws of his NBA career late in overtime in the Miami Heat's thrilling 121-119 decision over the Atlanta Hawks from AmericanAirlines Arena.

Neither team led by more than a possession in overtime and Miami trailed 119-116 with 1:08 left before Chris Andersen's layup cut its deficit to one. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap, who combined to shoot 12-of-18 from behind the arc, each missed a triple attempt for Atlanta and on the ensuing Heat possession, James penetrated and dropped a pass off to a slashing Beasley, who drew a foul with 9.2 seconds remaining.

Beasley drained both free throws to put the hosts in front by a point. Atlanta had one final look at the basket after Miami took a foul with 2.3 ticks remaining.

Out of a timeout, rookie big man Pero Antic inbounded from the left sideline and lobbed the ball to the rim for a curling Korver, who caught the heave but failed to get his layup attempt over the rim. Anderson secured the rebound to seal the outcome for Miami.

Ray Allen, whose free throws forced the extra session, scored 19 points filling in for an injured Dwyane Wade. Anderson and Beasley netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench as the Heat won their fifth straight game.

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