The high-flying Atlanta Hawks were looking to soar above the Miami Heat in the standings but LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shot that idea down. James scored 27 points, Wade had 26 and the host Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Hawks 101-92 on Monday night in a South-East Division collision.

Chris Bosh had 14 points with 10 rebounds for defending NBA Champion Miami, which shot a sizzling 59 per cent from the field to move 1.5 games ahead of Atlanta atop the division. Josh Smith scored 22 points, Al Horford contributed 20 with 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who lost for just the second time in the last 11 outings.

Other Games

Gary Neal knocked down seven threes en route to a career-high 29 points, Frenchman Tony Parker picked up his first career triple-double, with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists and the visiting San Antonio Spurs shot past the short-handed Houston Rockets in overtime.

OJ Mayo tossed in 19 points, Chris Kaman added 18 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the visiting Sacramento Kings for the 17th straight time at home. Jrue Holiday delivered 22 of his 25 points in the second half as the Philadelphia 76ers stopped the visiting Detroit Pistons.DPA