MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers went on a personal 9-0 run in a 39-second spurt of the pivotal third quarter, and the Miami Heat topped the Atlanta Hawks 104-88 on Tuesday night 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, which 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.
Rockets 109, Celtics 85
HOUSTON (AP) — Terrence Jones scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Houston over Boston for its third straight victory.
Jones 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.
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.
Pistons 92, Knicks 86
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rodney Stuckey scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Detroit beat New York 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. New York cut the lead to four in the final minute, but the Knicks could never reduce the deficit to one possession.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points.
Greg Monroe had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 11 boards.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 25 points, John Wall added 14 points and tied his career high with 16 assists, and Washington beat Minnesota to snap a four-game losing streak.
Martel Webster’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds to play gave the Wizards a 100-98 lead. Beal added two free throws with 12.9 seconds left to make it 102-98.
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Martin, who was averaging 24.4 points, was held to 11.
Kings 107, Suns 104
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds, helping Sacramento rally past Phoenix.
Rookie Ben McLemore had a season-high 19 points, Isaiah Thomas also scored 19, Greivis Vasquez added 11 and Patrick Patterson 10 for the Kings, who had lost seven of their previous eight. Sacramento scored the game’s final 10 points in a run that was aided by three straight Phoenix turnovers in the closing minutes.
Gerald Green scored 23 points and Marcus Morris had 19 for the Suns, who lost their third straight. Phoenix’s five losses this season have been by a total of 16 points. Channing Frye added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Archie Goodwin scored 16 points.
Morris missed a corner 3-pointer and Cousins grabbed the rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws with just under a second left to preserve the Kings’ victory.