Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew felt his players overlooked a Miami team playing without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in a stunning loss last month.
With James, Wade and Chris Bosh firing on all cylinders, it will be hard for the Hawks to look past the surging Heat in Sunday night's matchup at Philips Arena.
With James and Wade sidelined, the Jan. 5 meeting between the top two teams in the Southeast Division seemed to spell certain doom for Miami (20-7). The Heat suffered a 100-92 home loss to the Hawks just three days earlier with James, Wade and Bosh all playing at least 38 minutes, but didn't fold despite being shorthanded for the rematch.
Bosh scored 33 and Mario Chalmers had 22 of his 29 points after the third quarter in a 116-109 triple-overtime victory. A then-healthy Al Horford couldn't take advantage of Miami's deficiencies down low as the Hawks (18-9) were outscored 58-36 in the paint.
"The tendency is to let your guard down, and we certainly did," Drew said afterward.