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Runaway hawk delays game vs. Heat

Updated: April 23, 2009, 10:11 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- The Hawks' real-life mascot got a little flying time during the playoffs.

Spirit, a hawk that flies down from the rafters during the pregame introductions, decided to hang around for the start of Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

The bird, who resides at Zoo Atlanta, was perched atop the scoreboard at tipoff, refusing to go to his handler. Then he swooped around the arena while the game was going on, landing on a railing in the lower deck before he ...

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