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Basketball: LeBron, Wade go on scoring spree to help Heat stay above Hawks

Published on Dec 11, 2012 5:17 PM
Miami Heat's LeBron James (left) and Dwyane Wade (right) smile during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Miami, Florida, Dec 10, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went on a scoring spree to lift the Heat to a 101-92 victory over Southeast rivals Atlanta in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Monday, opening up a 1.5 game gap over the Hawks.

James tallied 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Wade scored 26 points to snap Atlanta's three-game win streak and keep the Heat (14-5) ahead of the Hawks (12-6).

Reigning league Most Valuable Player (MVP) James punctuated the win with a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter where he took an alley-oop from Norris Cole and soared high above the rim.

"Cole made me go get it, for sure," James told reporters."He actually took that literally when I told him, 'Just throw it anywhere."

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