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Miami Heat dominate in Game 3
Hawks lose 107-78

MIAMI- Dwyane Wade swished a 3-pointer, then turned and shook his hand like it was burning.

Yep, Wade and the Miami Heat are that hot right now.

Wade finished with 29 points and eight assists, Jermaine O'Neal added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Heat extended Atlanta's decade-plus road playoff drought, coasting to a huge halftime lead before beating the Hawks 107-78 Saturday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round matchup.

It was over early: Atlanta missed 17 of its first 19 shots, and a 25-6 Heat run to end the first half pushed their lead to 50-29.

'We came out and used the energy of our crowd,' Wade said. 'Our crowd was amazing tonight. We came out from the jump and used that energy. It got us into the flow of the game and we played that way the whole night.'

Josh Smith, Al Horford and Mike Bibby scored 13 apiece for Atlanta, which is 0-12 in road playoff games since May 8, 1997, losing all but one by at least 10 points.

The Heat lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Monday night.

'Things really went well tonight,' O'Neal said, 'but we don't have time to relax.'

History says Miami, which has outscored Atlanta by 44 points over the last two games, just got a huge lift.

When teams split the first two games of an NBA series, the Game 3 winner advances 76 percent of the time. And in recent years, the edge has been even more pronounced - of the last 27 series that were tied at 1-1, the Game 3 winner ultimately prevailed on 22 occasions.

That's a bad sign for the Hawks.

Of course, just about everything Saturday was ominous for Atlanta, which has lost its five road playoff games over the past two seasons by an average of 26.4 points.