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NBA: Hawks end Miami’s perfect start

AP, Miami

Miami Heat center Joel Anthony, left, and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford collide in their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on Monday.

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Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Tracy McGrady hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks ended Miami’s perfect start by beating the Heat 100-92 in the NBA on Monday.

McGrady and Al Horford each scored 16 for the Hawks, who opened the final period on a 15-3 run to take control.

McGrady made perhaps the two biggest plays of the night in the final minutes, first throwing a lob to Josh Smith for a dunk, then hitting a three-pointer that gave the Hawks a 93-84 lead with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left.

LeBron James scored 28 points, Chris Bosh had 19 and Dwyane Wade finished with 12 for Miami, who led by as many as 10 in the early going and took a four-point lead into the final quarter.

The Heat had won their first five games of the season.


In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kevin Love had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota over San Antonio, who lost Argentine star guard Manu Ginobili to a broken left hand.

Luke Ridnour had 19 points and nine assists, while Wes Johnson added 14 points for the Timberwolves, who ended an 18-game losing streak with a victory over Dallas on Sunday.

Ginobili fractured his shooting hand in the second quarter. The two-time All Star is out indefinitely.

Tim Duncan had 16 points and five assists, while Richard Jefferson scored 16 for the Spurs.


In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his 26 points during the third quarter as defending NBA champions the Mavericks sent Oklahoma City to their first loss.

Shawn Marion scored 17 points, Jason Terry had 15 and Vince Carter added a season-high 14 for Dallas, who lost to the Thunder on a buzzer-beater in Oklahoma City on Thursday. Jason Kidd did not score, but he had a season-high nine assists.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 27 points for the Thunder, who had won five straight to start the season.


In Boston, Ray Allen scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won for the second straight night over Washington.

Paul Pierce had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who improved their record to .500 after losing their first three games of the season. Rookie Greg Stiemsma, making his first start, had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Andray Blatche led the winless Wizards with 28 points and nine rebounds, JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 boards, while John Wall had 11 points.

Boston beat the Wizards 94-86 in Washington on Sunday.


In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Ben Gordon scored 26 points as the Pistons overcame early foul trouble to beat Orlando.

Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince added 14 points apiece for the Pistons, who have won two in a row after losing their first three games of the season.

Dwight Howard had 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals for Orlando, who were playing a night after rallying to beat Toronto.

Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson each added 13 points for the Magic.


In New York, Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan each scored 21 points as Toronto held off the Knicks to end a three-game losing streak.

Jose Calderon added nine points and 12 assists for the Raptors, who opened up a 17-point advantage at halftime and withstood a late New York rally.

Toronto blew a 16-point lead on Sunday in Orlando before losing 102-96.

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