Anderson's hustle set up Alonzo Mourning's dunk with 1.8 seconds
remaining that gave Miami its first lead of the game, and the Heat
beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-93 on Saturday night for their
season-high eighth straight victory.
"I had an opportunity to make a play that I've been making for
nine years," said Anderson, who made his Heat debut after not
dressing for three games following a Feb. 23 trade with Houston.
"I didn't know I was going to play. You have to be ready when
Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and eight rebounds before fouling
out with 3:45 left for Miami, which overcame a 17-point deficit
despite playing without Dwyane Wade.
Wade was sidelined with a sprained wrist and is listed as day to
Joe Johnson scored 28 points for the Hawks, who have lost 10
straight games to Miami. Josh Smith added 21 points and eight
"We can play with the best -- we beat Detroit, San Antonio,"
Smith said. "We just couldn't come up with the win tonight."
After Salim Stoudamire missed a jumper with 20 seconds left, the
Heat moved the ball down court and worked the ball until Udonis
Haslem missed a foul-line jumper.
The near airball appeared to be going out of bounds underneath
the Heat basket, but Anderson hustled and shuffled the ball to
Mourning, who then delivered the game-winning slam.
Anderson scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. He
missed six of his first seven shots, then hit his final three.
"He kept telling me he was ready but I am a stubborn old
coach," Miami's Pat Riley said. "He has worked very hard.
Obviously with Dwyane out, we went to Derek."
Stoudamire, with Jason Williams defending closely, missed a
jumper as time expired.
The Hawks took a 73-62 lead into the fourth quarter. Johnson
scored 14 points in the third.
O'Neal scored six points during an 11-1 run that pulled Miami
within 86-84 with 4:27 left. Anderson's 3-pointer finished the run.
"We controlled the game for 3½ quarters and then we didn't take
care of the basketball," Johnson said. "They made a run. We just
didn't take care of the basketball. We had a lot of unforced
Johnson had 12 points and Al Harrington 11 to help Atlanta open
a 48-33 halftime lead. The Hawks held Miami to 31-percent shooting,
including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, and had a 21-18 rebounding
The three on-court officials huddled around the video replay
screen at the scorer's table for several minutes before ruling
Johnson's 60-foot heave that banked in failed to beat the halftime
Harrington had nine points to help Atlanta build a 27-15 lead
after one quarter. Miami was 4-of-16 and missed all five 3-point
The Heat have shot 50 percent or better in a
franchise-record seven consecutive games, the most in the NBA since
Charlotte did it in eight straight in 1996. ... Miami has won 18
straight at home against division rivals. ... Atlanta's previous
three wins all were in overtime, tying an NBA record. ... O'Neal
took a season-high 20 free throws, making 11.