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Heat retain the lead

The Miami Heat, with their new acquisition, forward Joe Johnson, were able to salvage a win to remain leaders, despite pressure from the Atlanta Hawks, while the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a surprise loss on Sunday in the NBA.
Point guard Damian Lillard, who confirmed his great moment of form, once again had the best individual scoring performance by scoring 33 points against the Philadelphia Sixers, who are close to breaking the worst losing mark in league history.
Shooting guard Dwyane Wade scored 26 points as the leader of the Heat’s attack, which on the road defeated the ejected New York Knicks 81-98, a team that is still in the midst of a game crisis.
Center Hassan Whiteside, who came out of reserve, once again became the Heat’s sixth man and a winning factor by contributing a double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds, three ball recoveries and two blocks, which left him as the best in painting.
The Heat (33-26) remain leaders in the Southeast Division with just half a game ahead of the Hawks (33-27), who tonight beat the Charlotte Hornets 87-76, in a duel between teams from the same group, being seconds..
With their victory, the Heat tied the franchise record by getting five in a row in New York.

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