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Heat overcome Hawks, Spurs edge Rockets

11 December 2012 07:14

Miami Heat saw off the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 on Monday, in a match between the top two teams in the NBA's Southeast Division.

Star men Dwyane Wade and LeBron James led the way for the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena, netting a combined total of 53 points.

After a close first half, Miami pulled away on the back of a 10-2 run in the third quarter, and Ray Allen increased the margin further when his technical free throw put the Heat 77-67 ahead with 2:15 remaining in the period.

James finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Wade had 26-4-3.

Chris Bosh weighed in with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 22 points, Al Horford had 20 and three others reached double figures, but to no avail.

Miami now lead the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division by 1.5 games from second-placed Atlanta.

Elsewhere on Monday, San Antonio Spurs extended their lead in the Western Conference Southwest Division courtesy of a 134-126 overtime win at the Houston Rockets.

Tony Parker was the undisputed star of the show, his first NBA career triple-double getting the visitors over the line in a thriller.

Frenchman Parker had 27 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds at the Toyota Center, and he was ably assisted by Gary Neal (29) and Manu Ginobili (22).

"Tony Parker, all night long, kept us in the game just with his floor play," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"On both ends of the court, he was magnificent."

Rockets star Jeremy Lin can consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side after netting 38 points, while Omer Asik recorded his fifth double-double in the last eight games with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Chandler Parsons (20 points) were also on form for the beaten Rockets, who missed James Harden, sidelined due to a right ankle sprain.

In other matches, LaMarcus Alridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds as his Portland Trail Blazers saw off the visiting Toronto Raptors 92-74.

A solid defence was the basis for the Dallas Mavericks' 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the hosts staging a 31-3 run during the first half on their way to a 17th consecutive regular-season home triumph against the Kings.

Stephen Curry, a former Charlotte high school student, plundered 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds on his return to the city, as his Golden State Warriors team defeated the Bobcats 104-96.

Finally, Jrue Holiday's 25 points and Thaddeus Young's return of 20 saw the Philadelphia 76ers get past the Detroit Pistons 104-97.

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