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Hawks go atop NBA, beat Heat

THE Atlanta Hawks reclaimed a share of the lead in the NBA standings with a 105-90 win over the Miami Heat yesterday.

Joe Johnson made it two straight 30-point games, and Josh Smith dominated during a decisive first-half run as Atlanta won its sixth in a row.

Johnson scored 30 points on the heels of a 35-point effort against Portland on Monday. Smith was all over the stat sheet: 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals.

The Hawks remained perfect at home and had their first sellout crowd of the season.

Michael Beasley led the Heat with 21 points.

Magic 108, Thunder 94

In Orlando, Florida, Rashard Lewis fell one assist shy of his first triple-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Orlando's victory over Oklahoma City.

Lewis, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league's drug policy, didn't play in the fourth quarter, which the Magic started with an 88-58 lead.

Orlando overcome the absence of point guard Jameer Nelson, who underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Vince Carter shot 18 points for the Magic.

Wizards 108, Cavaliers 91

In Washington, Antawn Jamison delivered 31 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut as Washington beat Cleveland to end a six-game losing streak.

Wearing a protective sleeve over the right shoulder that sidelined him since October, Jamison looked good from the start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.

Cleveland's LeBron James finished with 34 points and nine assists, but he scored only six points in the fourth quarter while shooting 3 for 7. The Cavaliers, without the injured Shaquille O'Neal and Anderson Varejao, had their five-game winning streak snapped.

76ers 86, Bobcats 84

In Philadelphia, Lou Williams' layup with 3.1 seconds remaining lifted Philadelphia over Charlotte.

Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, Williams had 19 and Elton Brand contributed season highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Sixers.

Stephen Jackson scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for the reeling Bobcats, who dropped their sixth straight and fell to 0-6 on the road.

Knicks 110, Pacers 103

In Indianapolis, Al Harrington scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, and New York beat Indiana to snap a six-game losing streak.

Larry Hughes had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who overcame a double-digit deficit in the final period.

Indiana's Danny Granger scored 30 of his 33 points in the first half, but fouled out in the fourth quarter and wasn't a factor after halftime. The Pacers had won five straight.

Grizzlies 106, Clippers 91

In Memphis, Tennessee, Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph scored 21 points apiece, and Memphis beat Los Angeles.

Marc Gasol set a record for consecutive field goals made, making 15 straight over a two-game span before a miss in the third period.

Baron Davis led the Clippers with 23 points.

Bucks 99, Nets 85

In Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut and Carlos Delfino each scored 21 points and Bogut also grabbed 11 rebounds as Milwaukee beat winless New Jersey.

The undermanned Nets have lost 12 straight for their longest single-season losing streak in more than 19 years.

This one was painful because Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a career-high 31 points and had 10 rebounds, but the Nets blew a 48-41 halftime lead by shooting 9 of 38 in the second half.


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