MIAMI - Facing a win-or-else scenario, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat already would figure to have plenty of motivation.
ATLANTA - Dwyane Wade banged his head on the court. Al Horford hobbled to the locker room. Jamaal Magloire doled out a shove, and Josh Smith pushed back.
ATLANTA - Zaza Pachulia spends most of his time as an obscure backup center for the Atlanta Hawks, playing a few minutes here, a few minutes there.
MIAMI - That notion suggesting the Atlanta Hawks cannot win on the road at playoff time?
MIAMI - During the past two Miami Heat games, Jermaine O'Neal has gotten poked in the face, kicked in the leg and knocked on his back.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade swished a 3-pointer, then turned and shook his hand like it was burning.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade needed only a millisecond to explain how much the home-court edge means in the NBA playoffs.
MIAMI - Udonis Haslem has played alongside Dwyane Wade for six years, and still hasn't seen everything in his Miami Heat teammate's arsenal.
ATLANTA - Remember how bad Dwyane Wade and his Miami teammates looked in Game 1 of the playoffs? They were that good in Game 2.
ATLANTA - The Miami Heat was certainly caught off guard.
ATLANTA - There are nights when Josh Smith looks bored, makes silly plays, frustrates his coach and baffles his teammates.
ATLANTA - This is why the Atlanta Hawks wanted to start the playoffs at home.
ATLANTA - Every team relishes a trip to the NBA playoffs. Is there any team that appreciates it more than the Atlanta Hawks?
ATLANTA - Ronald Murray is used to taking the long way.
ATLANTA - As the Atlanta Hawks wrapped up their first practice of a new season, Mike Woodson implored his team to take advantage of this once-in-a-decade opportunity.
ATLANTA - Atlanta and Sacramento traded baskets for much of the night. When the fourth quarter rolled around, Kyle Korver and Co. put the Kings away.
ATLANTA - DeMarre Carroll shadowed Kobe Bryant from one end of the court to the other, leading Atlanta's defensive effort that eventually wore down the Lakers and their star.
ATLANTA - Pero Antic made the game-winning inbounds pass.
ATLANTA - Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder won for the 11th time in 12 games, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 Tuesday night.
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