Dwyane Wade had 28 points and 8 rebounds, Michael Beasley scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half and the Heat took control in the opening minutes on their way to beating the Atlanta Hawks, 92-75, last night in Miami.
Udonis Haslem scored 12 points and Quentin Richardson added 10 rebounds for Miami, which snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within 3 1/2 games of Atlanta for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat held Atlanta to a season low in points, plus finished with a 52-30 rebounding edge.
Jamal Crawford scored 23 points off the bench for the Hawks, who have lost four straight. Joe Johnson scored 11 and was the only starter in double figures for Atlanta.
Miami made its final seven shots of the first quarter, fueling a 15-2 run that built a 30-14 lead, and the Heat were off and running. Beasley drove for an easy basket, as the Heat went up 44-21 midway through the second quarter, and the lead ballooned to as much as 25 before Atlanta outscored Miami 8-0 to make it 51-34 at intermission.
Thunder 98, Bulls 85 - Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 25, and visiting Oklahoma City dominated the third quarter in beating Chicago.
Westbrook and Durant had 8 points each during a 27-6 run in the third, when the Thunder shot 65 percent to take control.
Derrick Rose scored 19 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were booed by their fans as they shot 22 percent in the decisive third period.
The Bulls led 56-49 early in the second half when they stopped scoring and the Thunder started hitting shots from everywhere. Westbrook’s driving layup and Durant’s 3-pointer capped a 15-4 run that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay, 64-60, with 6:38 left in the third.
Hornets 91, Jazz 87 - Chris Paul stole the ball and drove for a layup with 27 seconds left to help New Orleans end a late threat by Utah for the Hornets’ first win in Salt Lake City in almost four years.
Paul scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Devin Brown finished with a career-high 30 points as the Hornets overcame 19 turnovers and ended a six-game losing streak at Utah. New Orleans outscored Utah, 25-11, in the third quarter and never let the Jazz regain the lead.
Clippers 105, Trail Blazers 95 - Chris Kaman scored 20 points, Eric Gordon added 19, and host Los Angeles pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Portland.