Heat Hangs on the Division Lead With Win Over Hawks
The Miami Heat showed the Atlanta Hawks who still runs things in the Southeast Division. The Heat led by Lebron James with 27 points and Dwayne Wade with 26 points, best the Hawks in a game that would put the winner in the lead in the division 101-92. Wade seems to have responded to critics who questioned whether or not he still has his explosiveness of his youth. He has had tow good games in the last three nights as the Heat has increased their lead over the Hawks to one and a half games with a 14-5 record. Atlanta fell to 3-6. They were led by Josh Smith with 22 points and Al Hordford with 20.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 104-96 for yet another win on their east coast road trip. David Lee had another huge game with 25 pints and 11 rebounds and Stephen Curry had a big night in his hometown with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. The Warriors are now 14-7, a half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division. The Bobcats have now lost eight in a row.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Houston Rockets in an overtime thriller 134-126. Tony Parker had his first career triple double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in the Spurs fifth straight win to run their record up to 18-4. The Rockets put up a great fight without their leading scorer James Harden who was out with an injury. Jeremy Lin picked up the slack with 38 points, Omer Asik had 21 and Chandler Parsons had 20. Gary Neal led the Spurs with 29 points and Manu Ginobli chipped in 22 points in the Spurs win.
The Dallas Mavericks pushed their record over .500 with a 19-96 win over the Sacramento Kings. It was the 17th straight time the Mavericks have beaten the Kings at home. Six Mavs finished in double figures, led by O.J. Mayo with 19 points. The Mavericks are now 11-10 on the season as they await the return of Dirk Nowitzki. Demarcus Cousins and Francisco Garcia led the Kings with 25 points each as they fell to 7-13.
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97. The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday with 25 points and Thaddeus Young added 20 as they ran their record up to 12-9. Evan Turner had a double double for Philadelphia as well with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons were led by Brandon Knight and Greg Munroe with 22 points each as they fell to 7-16.
The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 92-74. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 30 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Hickson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Portland. The Blazers are now 9-12 while the Raptors, who were led by DeMar DeRozan with 20 points fell to 4-18.