x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

The return of LeBron James cannot halt Heat's cold streak

The 93-89 reversal to the Atlanta Hawks is part of a season-high fourth straight defeat for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James looks on during Miami's defeat to Atlanta.
LeBron James looks on during Miami's defeat to Atlanta.

MIAMI // The Atlanta Hawks handed the ailing Miami Heat a season-high fourth straight loss with a 93-89 overtime victorythat spoiled the return of LeBron James to the line-up.

James, who missed Miami's previous two games with an ankle sprain, scored 10 of his game-high 34 points in overtime but missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer in the final seconds as the Heat's woes continued.

Joe Johnson forced overtime on a running jumper with 25 seconds left in the fourth and Josh Smith put Atlanta ahead for good to give the Hawks their seventh win in eight games.

Johnson ended with 19 points and 10 assists while Atlanta (28-15) also got 19 points from reserve Jamal Crawford.

Dwyane Wade recorded 27 points playing through a sore knee that kept him out of Monday's practice, and Chris Bosh missed his first contest for Miami (30-13) with an injured ankle.

In the other game, Gerald Wallace had 13 points and 16 rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats edged past the Chicago Bulls 83-82.

Derrick Rose scored 33 points to lead Chicago, but missed a shot at the buzzer.