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Spoelstra said before the game that Wade "was a little bit more unlikely" than James to play. Afterward, Spoelstra said he was trying to protect Wade from a more serious injury.
"He's making progress with it, but we really want to take care of this before it's something that can linger," Spoelstra said.
Wade hurt his foot at Charlotte on Dec. 28.
James participated in pregame warmups, but his status for Miami's game at New Jersey on Saturday remains uncertain.
"He's walking around and hopefully he'll be able to play soon," Spoelstra said. "Whether that will be Saturday, I don't know."
James and Wade were often active and animated as they watched from Miami's bench, at times leaping up as they reacted to plays.
James Jones and Shane Battier were the fill-in starters.
"I hope the guys realize it doesn't matter who's in the uniform, it's the standard of play," said Battier, who had nine points and played a lead role in defending Joe Johnson, who made only 7 of 20 shots from the field.
"I've been in a lot of games in my 10 years in the league and this is right up there," Battier said.
The Hawks, whose win at Miami gave the Heat their only loss, struggled with poor shooting as there were 17 lead changes in the first half.
Miami led 54-49 at halftime.
NOTES: The Hawks' last triple-overtime game was a 123-121 loss at Houston on Feb. 22, 2004. ... G-F Tracy McGrady played 29 minutes off Atlanta's bench after coach Larry Drew said the veteran's status was uncertain due to a bruised knee. ... The Hawks play at Charlotte on Friday and host Chicago on Saturday to complete three games in three days. ... Heat F Mike Miller, recovering from hernia surgery, has been cleared for full contact. Spoelstra said he would ease Miller into action.
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