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Returns by Riley, O'Neal boost Heat

Everything about Pat Riley's return to the sideline looked familiar: Whistling at his players through a curled tongue, stalking the sideline in french cuffs and slicked-back hair.

And relying on his All-Star big man to win the game.

Riley's second tenure as Miami Heat coach got off to a successful start last night with a 100-97 victory over the Bulls in Chicago.

Riley, the team president, stepped back into his old job Monday, when Stan Van Gundy resigned. He saw a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to 2, then watched a 3-pointer by Chicago's Luol Deng clang off the rim as time expired.

Shaquille O'Neal scored a game-high 30 points in his first start and second game back for Miami since spraining his right ankle -- an injury that knocked him out of 18 games.

Dwyane Wade and Antoine Walker scored 14 apiece.

Kirk Hinrich led the Bulls with 26 points, and Darius Songaila added a season-high 19.

Hawks 100, Cavaliers 94 -- Al Harrington scored 20 points and Tyronn Lue had a season-high 19 as Atlanta won just its second road game, surprising sluggish Cleveland.

Joe Johnson added 18 for the Hawks, who came in an NBA-worst 3-16 overall and only 1-10 outside Atlanta, but followed up their win Saturday over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs with another nice all-around effort.

The same can't be said of the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven of nine following a 9-2 start. LeBron James scored 39 points with 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Cleveland, which was without injured All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Warriors 110, SuperSonics 107 -- Baron Davis made a pull-up 3-pointer with less than a second left in overtime and Golden State broke its first losing streak of the season with a win over host Seattle.

Derek Fisher scored a season-high 26 points and carried the Warriors in the fourth quarter with 10 points. Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points for Seattle, but missed a running 3-pointer as time expired.

Kings 93, Timberwolves 91 -- Bonzi Wells hit a 3 pointer from the corner as time expired to lift Sacramento in Minneapolis.

Wells finished with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds for the Kings, who have now won three in a row after losing five straight.

Wally Szczerbiak led the Wolves with 25 points.

Spurs 95, Clippers 87 -- Tim Duncan, who missed 10 of his first 11 free throws, hit two from the line with 12 seconds left to send the game into overtime, then led San Antonio past visiting Los Angeles. Duncan had 27 points and 22 rebounds. The Clippers were led by Elton Brand's 24 points.

Nuggets 101, Bobcats 85 -- Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 42 points and Denver handed host Charlotte its eighth straight loss.

Emeka Okafor had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Wizards 94, Nets 74 -- Chucky Atkins ran the offense with Gilbert Arenas nursing a sore back, and Jarvis Hayes scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack as host Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New Jersey.

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