The Hawks falter against the Cavaliers while the Heat beat the Nets in a key Eastern Conference showdown.
With the NBA season already more than a sixth complete, the division races around the league are starting to heat up, and the Southeast division is no exception.
With the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks early contenders in the divisional race, Atlanta was unable to keep pace with the Heat over the weekend, as they fell to 2.5 games back of Miami as the Heat continued a six-game winning streak.
Miami Heat 102 vs. Brooklyn Nets 89
The Brooklyn Nets built a 14-point lead on the Miami Heat on Saturday, but Dwyane Wade's 34 points and LeBron James' 21 helped the Heat erase that lead in the second half on their way to a sixth straight victory. The Heat also improved to a perfect 8-0 at home.
Cleveland Cavaliers 113 vs. Atlanta Hawks 111
Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee's put back with less than a second remaining on the clock gave Cleveland just enough to complete a comeback against the Hawks, sending Atlanta to its fifth loss on the year. Josh Smith's 25 points and eight rebounds proved to be too little in the loss as Anderson Varejao went for 20 points and 18 rebounds.