Miami: Chris Bosh scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers went on a personal 9-0 run in a 39-second spurt of the pivotal third quarter as the Miami Heat topped the Atlanta Hawks 104-88 on Tuesday for their fourth straight victory.
Bosh shot 8 of 9 for the Heat, who got 17 points from Ray Allen and 13 from LeBron James. A 15-2 run in the third quarter gave Miami all the room it needed, even on a night when Dwyane Wade sat out to rest.
Mike Scott scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Atlanta, who got 12 points apiece from Al Horford and Pero Antic.
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver made three 3-pointers, extending his streak to 84 consecutive games with at least one make from beyond the arc, five shy of matching Dana Barros’ NBA record.
Houston’s Terrence Jones scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics 109-85 for their third straight victory.
Jones was 10 of 12 from the field as the Rockets shot 57 per cent as a team, including 72 per cent in the first half in building a 24-point halftime lead.
Patrick Beverley chipped in 16 points, James Harden added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Rockets raced out to a 17-point, first-quarter lead and were never threatened.
Courtney Lee had 17 points, Avery Bradley added 11 and Jared Sullinger had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Boston, which lost its fourth in a row.
At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Rodney Stuckey scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the Detroit Pistons beat the New York Knicks 92-86 for the first time in eight meetings.
Josh Smith added 19 points for the Pistons, who led 71-63 after three quarters and scored the first seven points of the fourth.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points.
In other games, Bradley Beal scored 25 points, and John Wall added 14 points and equalled his career high with 16 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-100, while DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Phoenix Suns 107-104.
Results from the NBA games on Tuesday (Home team in CAPS)/ WASHINGTON 104 Minnesota 100 DETROIT 92 NY Knicks 86 MIAMI 104 Atlanta 88 HOUSTON 109 Boston 85 SACRAMENTO 107 Phoenix 104