It took two overtimes, but the Atlanta Hawks were finally able to put away the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night with a 126-119 victory. Josh Smith led the way with 31 points for the Hawks, as he helped the team overcome a poor fourth quarter to win.
Elsewhere in the Southeast Division, the Miami Heat have been busy, picking up a 103-97 victory over Oklahoma City on Christmas, and then defeating the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on the road Wednesday, 105-92. Miami now holds a three-game lead over the Hawks in the Southeast Division and are a half-game ahead of New York for the top spot in the eastern conference.
In the final game in the Southeast Division Wednesday, the New Orleans Hornets snapped a vicious 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 win on the road against Orlando. The Magic have been scuffling without forward Glen Davis, as the team is 0-3 with him absent in the lineup due to a shoulder injury