NBA scores: Hawks hold off Pistons in thriller

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks defeated Detroit in two overtimes Wednesday while the Heat and Hornets picked up division wins.

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

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