Heat End Dismal Season With 113-99 Win Over Hawks

Miami avoids worst record in franchise history
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 10:06 PM CDT
Miami Heat's Joel Anthony, left, attempts to block Atlanta Hawks' Zaza Pachulia, of Georgia, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
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(Newser) – If this was Pat Riley's final game, it was a victorious one. Jason Williams scored 17 points, Mark Blount and Daequan Cook each added 16 and the Heat ended their disappointing season with a 113-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Miami finished 15-67, matching the 1988-89 expansion team for the worst record in franchise history.

The Heat had seven players in double figures, including Ricky Davis (15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds), Earl Barron (13), Stephane Lasme (12) and Chris Quinn (11). Josh Smith scored 20 points for Atlanta, which got 17 points and five assists from Mike Bibby. Zach Pachulia and Salim Stoudamire each scored 14 for Atlanta.