MIAMI - Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Mike Bibby and Josh Smith each added 15, and the Atlanta Hawks easily erased a terrible start to beat the Miami Heat with ease Friday night, 87-73.
Maurice Evans scored 12 points and Al Horford finished with 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who scored the final 14 points of the third quarter, blowing open the game on the way to snapping a three-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which lost for the first time in five games. The Heat missed nine straight shots during one second-half lull, plus were outscored 23-4 in fast-break points and were a mere 4-for-10 from the foul line, compared with Atlanta's 24-for-32.
Mario Chalmers scored 14 points and Daequan Cook added 13 for Miami, which finished with its second-lowest scoring total of the season.
Miami was without rookie forward Michael Beasley, who sat out with the flu. It was the first game missed this season by Beasley, who is Miami's second-leading scorer behind Wade.
And yes, it's still relatively early, but both sides gave the game a certain significance.
The win - just Atlanta's third in Miami since Nov. 1, 1996, a span of 24 games - left the Hawks alone in second in the Southeast Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference, the spots the Heat would have occupied by winning.
'Big game tonight,' Cook said to no one in particular as he walked through the locker room before tipoff.
Early on, the Heat looked ready, too.
Miami scored the game's first 11 points - the team's best run, by far, to open a game this season - and after 7 minutes, the Heat were shooting a sizzling 8-for-12, running out to an 18-5 lead.
It didn't last.
Over the rest of the half, they were 9-for-32. That 13-point cushion was long gone by intermission, and once the Hawks started rolling, Miami couldn't offer any resistance.
Atlanta had 10 fast-break points in the third quarter alone - compared with zero by Miami - and outscored the Heat 14-0 over the final 3:59 of the period.
Johnson had 11 points in that quarter, only four fewer than the entire Heat roster, and the Hawks pushed the margin to 75-55 when Zaza Pachulia's baseline jumper dropped with 55 seconds left in the third.
Pachulia ended the quarter by trying a desperation, one-handed, 80-footer: It didn't miss by much.
Notes: The Heat are hopeful Beasley will play Sunday at Memphis. ... Bibby shot a layup over the top of the backboard late in the first half, trying to drop a very-high archer over the outstretched arms of Wade and Udonis Haslem. ... Miami was 8-0 when leading after the first quarter. The Heat were up 25-20 after the first 12 minutes Friday. ... Heat vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer will have the court at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. named for him today. Kammerer coached there from 1975 through 1992.