NBA Wrap: Heat outlast Hawks in overtime

NBA Wrap: Heat outlast Hawks in overtime
December 24, 2013, 1:00 am
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LeBron James scored 38 points in the Heat's 121-119 OT win over the Hawks. (USA Today Images)

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 38 points, Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.2 seconds left to put Miami up for good, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-119 in overtime on Monday night.

The Heat wasted an early 13-0 lead, then rallied from seven points down in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter. Ray Allen made three free throws with 8 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

Allen finished with 19 points, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 12 and Chris Bosh finished with 11 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade and still beat the Hawks for the ninth straight time.

Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Paul Millsap made seven 3-pointers on the way to a 25-point night, and Al Horford finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta (see full recap).

Anthony hurt in Knicks' win
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Carmelo Anthony had 19 points before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, but the New York Knicks were able to stave off a fierce charge to preserve a 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

New York led by as many as 25 points before having its lead cut all the way to a basket in the fourth quarter. Beno Udrih hit six straight free-throws in the final 26 seconds to help preserve the win.

J.R. Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Knicks also got a boost from the return of Raymond Felton, who had missed six games with a strained left hamstring. They earned their eight straight victory over the Magic.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 26 points. Glen Davis added 20 and Jameer Nelson 17.

The Magic have lost three straight and 11 of their last 13 (see full recap).

Stephenson leads Pacers in rout of Nets
NEW YORK -- Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 26 points in his hometown, Paul George also had 26, and the Indiana Pacers went on to their third straight easy victory, 103-86 over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Stephenson, who recorded his NBA-leading third triple-double of the season Sunday in a rout of Boston, did most of his damage as a scorer, back where he did plenty of it in high school. He became the career scoring leader in New York state, scoring nearly 3,000 points at Abraham Lincoln High School.

David West finished with 13 points for the Pacers, who pulled away in the third period, when Paul Pierce was ejected for a flagrant foul in only the second scoreless game of his career (see full recap).