ATLANTA — Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks, coming off a loss that prompted their coach to say they quit, responded with their highest scoring output of the season in a 121-94 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Johnson scored 19 of his points in the first half for Atlanta, which sat all its starters in the final quarter. Jannero Pargo, who opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers, had a season-high 14 points.
Jeff Teague also scored 14 points as the Hawks moved past Friday night’s 90-76 loss at Philadelphia. After the loss, which ended a four-game winning streak, coach Larry Drew said “It got tough for us and we quit.”
Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have lost three in a row.
NUGGETS 119, KNICKS 114 (2OT)
In New York, Danilo Gallinari outplayed Carmelo Anthony in the first meeting since they were swapped in a blockbuster trade, scoring a career-high 37 points as Denver outlasted New York in double-overtime.
BULLS 95, BOBCATS 89
In Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead injury-depleted Chicago to a win over struggling Charlotte.
Luol Deng added 22 points and eight rebounds as the Bulls won their seventh in a row at home and improved to an NBA-best 15-3 despite the absence of two starters and two key reserves. Richard Hamilton added a season-high 18 points for Chicago.
HEAT 113, 76ERS 92
In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 30 points, LeBron James added 28 points and nine rebounds and Miami remained unbeaten without Dwyane Wade in the lineup this season.
Mario Chalmers scored 11 and Joel Anthony finished with nine points and nine rebounds for Miami, which outrebounded Philadelphia 52-31.
MAVERICKS 83, HORNETS 81
In New Orleans, Lamar Odom scored 16 points in his first start of the season and Dallas overcame the absence of Dirk Nowitzki to send New Orleans to a seventh consecutive loss.
THUNDER 84, NETS 74
In Newark, N.J., Kevin Durant had 20 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Oklahoma City stifled New Jersey on defense.
ROCKETS 105, SPURS 102
In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 14 points and eight assists and Houston took advantage of Tim Duncan’s absence in a win over San Antonio.
GRIZZLIES 128, KINGS 95
In Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay had 23 points, Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo added 22 apiece and Memphis won their sixth in a row, beating Sacramento.
PISTONS 94, TRAIL BLAZERS 91
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 28 points and Detroit won for only the second time in 12 games.