Hawks rally past Wizards

Atlanta's Josh Smith tries to score against Washington's Kevin Seraphin during the first half. Smith finished with 20 points in the Hawks' victory.



WASHINGTON — Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 on Saturday night.

Josh Smith added 20 points and nine rebounds to help the Hawks win their third consecutive game.

Nene led the Wizards with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his 80th career double-double, and Jordan Crawford scored 20 points.

Washington’s John Wall missed a potential tying 3-pointer right before the buzzer, part of a rough night for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. He shot 1 for 10, scored eight points and had three assists.



In Houston, Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Jason Terry added 24 and Brandan Wright had a career-high seven blocks to help Dallas beat Houston in overtime.

Shawn Marion had 12 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who beat Houston for the fifth consecutive time.

Goran Dragic scored 24 points, and Luis Scola added 19 for the Rockets, who had all five starters in double figures.



In Chicago, Luol Deng hit a follow-up shot at the buzzer in overtime and Chicago picked up its NBA-leading 40th victory.

Chicago’s C.J. Watson drove for the basket and Toronto’s James Johnson blocked the attempt, but Deng got the ball and put it in the basket – a play officials reviewed to make sure it was in before the buzzer.

Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, Deng added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Watson had 23 points.


In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds, fellow All-Star Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, and the Clippers ended their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Randy Foye added 18 points for the Clippers.

Zach Randolph had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies.



In New York, Tyson Chandler had 15 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and the Knicks rebounded from their first loss under Mike Woodson by routing Detroit for the third time this season.

Amare Stoudemire scored 17 points for the Knicks.



In New Orleans, DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had four key points down the stretch as San Antonio beat the short-handed Hornets.

The Spurs, chasing the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference, trailed by a point twice in the final two minutes.

Duncan responded each time, atoning for a lackluster game by making two free throws and tipping in a missed shot with 1:19 left to give San Antonio the lead for good.




In Newark, N.J., Deron Williams had 19 points and matched his season high with 14 assists and New Jersey beat Charlotte to snap a five-game losing streak.

Kris Humphries added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.



In Milwaukee, George Hill scored a season-high 24 points coming off the bench and Indiana beat Milwaukee.

Roy Hibbert added 16 points and nine rebounds to help the Pacers rebound from a home loss to Phoenix.


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