Hawks fly past short-handed Heat


Dennis Schroder scored 23, and Ken Bazemore added 16.

Richardson and Waiters were the only regular starters in the lineup, and Waiters played despite a stomach bug.

Miami fell back to.500 with its next game against the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics in Boston on Wednesday.

Goran Dragic (elbow) and Dion Waiters (illness) did not participate during shootaround, and both remain questionable to play Monday vs. Atlanta.

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Coach Erik Spoelstra said Dragic tested his elbow before the game, but it was too sore for him to shoot. "We'll see how he responds to treatment". Johnson, who left Saturday's victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at AmericanAirlines Arena in the first quarter, underwent an MRI Sunday and was diagnosed with ankle bursitis, to be sidelined a week to 10 days. Look for Tyler Johnson to draw a start in his place, while Wayne Ellington also stands to see an up-tick in minutes.

It was the first of three 14-point leads for the Hawks, but the Heat pulled within four on Tyler Johnson's dunk, Richardson's runner and Waiters' short jumper.

Whiteside, averaging 14.9 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, missed five games after first hurting the knee in the Heat's season opener at Orlando and then injured it again on November 22 against the Celtics.

The Heat went cold in the third quarter and the Hawks took advantage, jumping out to an 87-76 led thanks in part to 13-for-15 shooting from the foul line.

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NOTES: Heat F Justise Winslow (knee) missed his third straight game, and like G Goran Dragic, is listed as day-to-day.

Miami missed all 14 of its 3-point attempts in the second half.

Richardson scored a career-best 28 points in the victory over the Clippers as Miami ground out a badly needed home victory.

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What to watch for: The Hawks (6-23) have the worst record in the National Basketball Association. The Hawks host IN on Wednesday.