MIAMI — LeBron James' new fan base in Miami had a response.
So did his teammates.
Chris Bosh scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 26 and the Miami Heat scored 11 straight points in the final minutes to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-77 on Saturday night — winning their fourth straight to move a season-high five games over .500.
James was quiet offensively for much of the second half, and it didn't matter. He finished with 22 points, and got serenaded by "Miami loves you!" chants — a nod to the "Akron hates you!" cries James heard when Miami visited Cleveland for the first time since he scorned the Cavaliers and joined the Heat in July.
Wade and Bosh did their part to keep the Hawks at bay, and then the reigning two-time MVP got his first field goal of the second half with 2:52 remaining — a fierce slam, followed by a scream, all giving Miami an 81-72 lead. Mario Chalmers hit an off-balance jumper with 1:38 left, the lead was back to 11, and Miami survived.
Wade and Bosh each had 10 rebounds for the Heat (13-8), whose lead was cut to two at 74-72 with 4:39 remaining. Atlanta then missed its next six shots and Miami ran away.
Al Horford scored 22 points on 10-for-11 shooting and Atlanta, which had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the third time in 10 road games. Jamal Crawford and Josh Powell scored 12 points apiece for the Hawks, Josh Smith had 11, and Mike Bibby 10.
James drove the middle of the lane on a fast break with 1:22 left, getting knocked to the court by Horford. He bounced back up, a theme of the night for Miami, which found itself on the ropes after running out to a big first-half lead.
The Heat were just 1-6 against teams that held winning records coming into the day, and that stat looked on the verge of getting worse in the final minute, until Miami went on its game-sealing run. Wade had an off-balance layup to make it 79-72, and the Heat kept going from there.
The Heat led by 17 on two occasions in the first half, the second coming after James' free throws with 3:49 left put Miami up 46-29. There have been times this season where big early leads just get bigger — and times when they quickly disappear.
This was a disappearing act.
Atlanta trailed by 18 on Friday before beating Philadelphia, and turned what looked like a Miami runaway into anything but with an inspired third quarter.
Down 50-36 at the half, Atlanta opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run. Horford had six of those points, all coming in a span of just over 2 minutes, and the Hawks kept chipping away from there.
Horford finished 6 for 6 in the quarter, pushing him to 9 of 10 in the game to that point.
Miami built the lead back to 10 on four separate possessions of the third, and Atlanta remained undeterred. The Hawks closed the quarter as they started it — on another 8-2 run — and Crawford hit two jumpers in the final 56.2 seconds of the period to trim Miami's lead to 63-61 entering the fourth.
The Heat shot 6 of 19 in the third, and James missed all three of his from the field during the quarter. But Miami never lost the lead in the fourth.
NOTES: James knocked over two seated courtside cameramen in the second quarter. Each of the photographers grabbed one of James' outstretched arms after the play, and he pulled them back upright. ... Damien Wilkins, the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and the nephew of Hall of Famer and former Atlanta star Dominique Wilkins, made his Hawks debut. He was signed Friday and was scoreless in 13 minutes. ... Wade reached the 10-rebound mark for the third time this season.