James hits clinching shot, Heat beat Hawks 95-89

James hits clinching shot, Heat beat Hawks 95-89
November 9, 2012, 10:06 pm
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


ATLANTA (AP) LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 95-89 on Friday night for the Heat's fourth straight win.

Jeff Teague hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Hawks rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter. But Josh Smith, on an awful night, missed two free throws with just over a minute remaining, and James finished off Atlanta after the teams traded turnovers.

James muscled away from DeShawn Stevenson, swished a 15-foot jumper and hopped along the sideline in front of the Atlanta crowd. The Heat won without Dwyane Wade, who didn't play because of a cold.

Chris Bosh led Miami with 24 points. James added 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Teague paced the Hawks with 20 points.