Hawks come in shorthanded, pay price againast 76ers
PHILADELPHIA – Hollis Thompson and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 19 points apiece, and the Philadelphia 76ers surprised the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks 92-84 on Saturday night.
Nerlens Noel had 11 points and 17 rebounds for the 76ers, who erased a 16-point deficit and won for the second time in 11 games. Philadelphia (14-49) entered with the NBA's second-worst record.
Jeff Teague had 17 points to pace Atlanta, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. The Hawks (49-13), who came in with the best record in the league, rested starters Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll — taking more than 41 points out of their lineup.
Atlanta scored just 31 points while shooting 27.5 percent after halftime. Philadelphia pulled out of a 53-47 halftime deficit with a strong third quarter when it outscored Atlanta 25-16. The Hawks were 5-for-22 from the field in the quarter.
•HEAT DIGS DEEP: Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Tyler Johnson added 24 and the host Miami Heat erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-109 in overtime. Johnson's three-pointer as the shot clock was expiring with just under a minute left put the Heat up four. Wade added two free throws with 31.2 seconds remaining as Miami won its third straight home game. Michael Beasley scored 18 points for Miami. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out for Sacramento.
•NO PAUSE IN PACERS: George Hill made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 2:35 left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the host New York Knicks 92-86 for their season-best fifth straight victory. Hill had 15 points and David West finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. They have won 11 of 13 and came in tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points and Alexey Shved had 15 for the Knicks (12-49).
•ASSIST KING: LeBron James tied Cleveland's career assists record and scored 17 points in the Cavaliers' 89-79 home victory over the Phoenix Suns. James tied Mark Price at 4,206 assists in the third quarter. The Cavaliers won their 13th straight at home and move into a tie for second with Chicago in the Eastern Conference.