LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 101-92, on Monday night, improving to 10-1 at home this season.
James (10 for 16) and Wade (11 for 13) made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team. Chris Bosh had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Norris Cole scored 10 for the Heat, who handed the Hawks just their second loss in 11 games.
Josh Smith scored 22 points and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which briefly held the lead midway through the third quarter before the Heat got rolling and moved 11/2 games ahead of the Hawks in the Southeast Division.
Curry stars in Charlotte
Stephen Curry put on a show for his hometown Charlotee, N.C., fans, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead the surging Golden State Warriors to a 104-96 win over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself leading nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10 of 22 from the field and hit four three-pointers.
Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 to lead the Bobcats.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden missed Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained right ankle.
Harden was injured in the first half Saturday night against Dallas, but remained in the game and finished with 39 points.
The Rockets had hoped he would be able to play against the Spurs, and coach Kevin McHale still wasn't sure if he'd be available less than 11/2 hours before the game.
Harden is the team's leading scorer at 24.7 points per game and also averages 5.6 assists.
Cavs' Irving back
Sitting and watching his teammates play was torture for Kyrie Irving. Seeing the Cavaliers lose made it worse.
Back earlier than expected, Irving was cleared to practice after missing 11 games with a broken left finger and the star point guard will likely play Tuesday night when Cleveland hosts the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
"It's been very difficult," Irving said after Monday's practice. "But I've gotten a chance to really break down the game and it's given me a chance to get a different outlook being on the sideline. I'm really happy to be out there and be competing again."
The Cavs are thrilled to have him back.
Cleveland went just 2-9 without last season's rookie of the year, who broke his finger Nov. 17 in a game against Dallas.
He played the following night at Philadelphia before medical tests revealed a non-displaced fracture.