Miami, FL - The Miami Heat opened up their preseason action this evening with a 92-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. 19,600 fans showed up to watch the Heat open up their 2013 action, and the defending champions definitely didn’t disappoint.
Chris Bosh led the way for the Heat with a 21 point performance on 7/8 shooting. Those numbers are certainly a nice thing for Heat fans to see, even if it is in the preseason. LeBron James scored 9 points, but struggled from the flooring with a 4/11 performance from the floor. Dwayne Wade did not play this evening as he is resting up for the regular season.
The Hawks were led by Mike Scott and Paul Millsap with 13 and 12 points respectively. DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points and also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Atlanta has a very unproven starting lineup, but tonight they all showed up and played good basketball. Al Horford had a very solid game with 10 points and 9 rebounds, and will be asked to step up in an even bigger way once the regular season arrived.
Both teams played a hard-fought game, and the atmosphere in Miami was more than just a preseason game. Fans are obviously excited to get this year underway with hopes of a three-peat from the Heat. The Hawks are starting out under a new coach, and fought hard the entire game. They will be a scrappy, hard-working team this season, and they had quite a few bright spots this evening as well.
Overall, this was a very fun game to watch. The Heat starters look strong, and Chris Bosh showed up and played very well. Atlanta played a very good all-around game, and showed that they have players capable of stepping up and shouldering the load that Josh Smith left behind. NBA basketball is back, and the fans in Miami are expecting another championship.