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Hawks rest players, still get by Miami
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Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots under pressure from Miami Heat guard Henry Walker (5) in the first half of Saturday's game in Miami. - photo by Associated Press

    MIAMI — Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.
    Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Hawks held off the Miami Heat 93-91 on Saturday night.
    Kent Bazemore scored 15, including a big 3-pointer with about a minute left that gave the Hawks an 89-80 lead. John Jenkins scored 12 for Atlanta, which turned 23 Miami turnovers into 31 points.
    "We got a huge lift from guys who haven't been playing much," Atlanta's Kyle Korver said. "And they really gave us the boost that we needed."
    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points for Miami, which fell to 10-17 at home and still remains in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference race. Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and tied a season high with 24 rebounds for Miami, which also got 16 points from Mario Chalmers and 10 from Henry Walker.
    "We're fighters," Wade said. "We still don't all know each other, but we're out there fighting for this thing."
    It was the second straight night Miami lost by exactly two points, after falling in New Orleans 104-102 on Friday.
    The Hawks rested four regulars — Al Horford didn't even make the trip because his wife just had a baby, while Pero Antic, DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague were all given the night off.
    "Just working our way through the season," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, "and trying to keep us in a good place health-wise."
    Such are the luxuries afforded to teams who now have a 10-game lead in the East standings.
    And even though the rotations were different, the Hawks still looked to have a defense that was airtight. Miami missed 15 consecutive shots during one 10-minute stretch of the first half — with four turnovers in there as well — and Atlanta looked like it could do no wrong.
    By halftime, the Hawks led 43-33, the Heat having more turnovers (14) than baskets (12). Atlanta then came out and scored the first eight of the third quarter, stretching the lead to 18 and looking completely poised for a runaway.
    The Heat had other ideas.
    Slowly chipping away, Miami went on a 29-14 spurt over the next 11 minutes, getting within 65-62 when Goran Dragic made a pair of free throws with 9:58 left.
    But they would never get the lead.
    "We showed some grit, some toughness to keep on grinding through an ugly game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Guys really competed defensively."