Hawks topple the Mavericks without Rondo

– The Atlanta Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 win Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo.

The Mavericks suspended Rondo before the game for conduct detrimental to the team. Rondo had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle in Tuesday night's win over Toronto.

Carlisle said the one-game suspension was an "organizational decision" and Rondo will start in Saturday's game against Brooklyn.

Dennis Schroder had 17 points off the bench to lead six Atlanta players in double figures. The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks have won two straight after losing four of seven.

Monta Ellis led Dallas with 19 points.

HIGHLIGHTS

•COMEBACK KIDS: The Heat overcame an eight-point deficit with less than a minute in regulation to defeat the host Magic 93-90 in overtime. The Heat improved to 3-1 since losing Chris Bosh for the season with a blood clot in his lung. Luol Deng had 21 points, and Hassan Whiteside had a double-double (15 points, 13 boards).

•UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Evan Turner notched his first career triple-double (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) to lead the host Celtics to a 115-94 win over the Knicks. Boston's Isaiah Thomas scored a 19 points in his home debut.

•NO ROSE, NO WIN: In their first game since the Bulls learned Derrick Rose would need another knee surgery, the Hornets invaded Chicago and secured a 98-86 victory. Former Timberwolf Mo Williams scored 17 points for Charlotte.

•MAKING HIS POINTS: Quincy Pondexter scored a career-best 25 points to help the host Pelicans win their third straight 102-96 over the Nets. Former Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young scored 19 points in his third game with the Nets.

•UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Evan Turner notched his first career triple-double (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) to lead the host Celtics to a 115-94 win over the Knicks. Boston's Isaiah Thomas scored a 19 points in his home debut.

•LUCAS TO STAY: The Detroit Pistons signed guard John Lucas III for the rest of the season. Lucas has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes in eight games with Detroit.

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