NBA Wrap: Heat win fourth straight

NBA Wrap: Heat win fourth straight
November 20, 2013, 12:45 am
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Mario Chalmers and LeBron James celebrate Chalmers' three-pointer in the Heat's win over the Hawks on Tuesday night. (USA Today Images)

MIAMI -- For the Miami Heat, the third quarter was pretty much the whole story. Chris Bosh tumbled over some courtside seats on one end, and LeBron James apologized to a few fans during one particularly frustrating moment on the other.

In between, Mario Chalmers gave the Heat all the boost they needed.

Chalmers went on a personal 9-0 run in a 39-second span of the period, Bosh led all scorers with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting, and the Heat went on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-88 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

"We just try to get out in transition, let our defense be our offense most of the time and keep working from there," Chalmers said (see full recap).

Knicks drop third straight
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Josh Smith and the Detroit Pistons finally went up against a team they could handle defensively.

That would be Carmelo Anthony and the slumping, injury-riddled New York Knicks.

Rodney Stuckey scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Pistons beat the Knicks for the first time in eight meetings, 92-86 on Tuesday night (see full recap).

Wizards snap four-game skid
WASHINGTON -- Kevin Love looked as if he was headed for a big night against Washington. Instead, the Wizards kicked their defense up measurably and held the NBA's third-leading scorer below his season average.

Love, who entered the game averaging 26.8 points, had 16 in the first quarter but only nine afterward as Washington broke its four-game losing streak with a 104-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

"I thought he was going for 70 in the first eight minutes," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Love, who made five of his first six shots, missed eight of his final 11 to finish with 25. He had 11 rebounds, also below his season average (see full recap).

Rockets hammer skidding Celtics
HOUSTON -- Terrence Jones said he is feeling more comfortable and confident on the floor.

It has showed the last two games.

Jones scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to their third straight victory, 109-85 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Jones, who tied his previous career high with 14 points Saturday against Denver, was 10 of 12 from the field as the Rockets shot 57 percent as a team, including 72 percent in the first half in building a 24-point halftime lead (see full recap).