Hawks 103, Heat 100

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ATLANTA (AP) – Tyronn Lue’s 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left gave the Atlanta Hawks a 103-100 victory over a Miami Heat team that was without its head coach and three top players Tuesday night.

Miami, looking ahead to the playoffs and intent on having its top players avoid injury, stayed close despite having leading scorers Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade watch the game in street clothes. Coach Pat Riley was visiting his sick mother in upstate New York.

The Heat listed O’Neal, Wade and Gary Payton as inactive, taking three starters who average 55 points out of the game.

Miami also had their other two starters, forwards James Posey and Udonis Haslem, play backup roles.

Antoine Walker, Wayne Simien, Dorell Wright, Jason Williams and Michael Doleac – who combine to average 31.7 points per game – were the new starters.

Assistant coach Ron Rothstein filled in for Riley. Rothstein, who spoke with Riley earlier in the day, said he didn’t know if Riley would return for Miami’s final regular season game at Boston on Wednesday.

Wright, who scored a career-high 19 points, hit two free throws with 1:56 left to pull Miami within one point of the Hawks at 98-97.

Lue’s jumper gave Atlanta a 100-97 lead, but Earl Barron answered to again cut the lead to one point.

With 37 seconds left, Simien tied the game with a free throw.

Lue missed a 3-pointer, but Zaza Pachulia grabbed the rebound for Atlanta, creating another opportunity for Lue, who sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8.3 seconds left.

Wright missed a last-second shot for Miami.

Pachulia had 18 points for Atlanta. Marvin Williams had 16 and Lue 15.

Jason Kapono had 16 and Walker added 14 for Miami.

Miami’s backups took quick advantage of the rare opportunity to play lead roles. The Heat managed a 28-all tie at the end of the first quarter and then pulled away with a 19-3 run early in the second period. Jason Williams, who had 13 points in the first half, and Wright hit 3-pointers in the run.

Miami led 49-37 at the end of the run, but Atlanta answered with 10 straight points, including 3-pointers from Joe Johnson and Josh Childress, to trail 53-52 at halftime.

Following a 78-all tie at the end of three quarters, the Hawks took the lead with a 12-4 run to open the fourth quarter.

Notes: Hawks G Royal Ivey was held out of the second half with bronchitis symptoms. … Hawks G Josh Childress returned from a two-game suspension. Harrington started after missing three games with a bruised left hand. … Miami C Alonzo Mourning missed his 11th straight game with a torn calf muscle.

AP-ES-04-18-06 2153EDT

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