Atlanta beats Cleveland again

Atlanta Hawks 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 87

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Atlanta's Kirk Hinrich (left) and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving fight for a loose ball Sunday. The Hawks, who only had 10 players available, won by 15 points on the road.  AMY SANCETTA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Kirk Hinrich (left) and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving fight for a loose ball Sunday. The Hawks, who only had 10 players available, won by 15 points on the road.

CLEVELAND — Joe Johnson scored 28 points and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 103-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

Atlanta had only 10 players available, but took an early lead that it never relinquished.

The Hawks built a
19-point lead midway through the third quarter and answered Cleveland’s only run late in the period to win going away.

Alonzo Gee matched a career high with 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost three in a row. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and had 10 assists for his first career double-double.

HEAT 91, MAGIC 81

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 23 points and Miami beat Orlando to extend its home winning streak to 13 games.

LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His pass with 3:46 left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for perhaps the clincher, a three-point play that stretched Miami’s lead to 84-73.

CLIPPERS 87, PISTONS 83 (OT)

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and added a season-
high 15 assists, carrying Los Angeles to a win over Detroit

Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and he tipped in Paul’s missed layup with 19 seconds left in regulation before Paul swiped the ball from Tayshaun Prince to send it to overtime.

KINGS 115, TIMBERWOLVES 99

In Sacramento, Calif., Marcus Thornton scored 24 points and Sacramento used a strong second half to beat slumping Minnesota.

Kevin Love had his 33rd 20-10 game, scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, losers of three in a row and four of five.

GRIZZLIES 97, WIZARDS 92

In Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored 27 points, including five in the final 23.9 seconds, to lift Memphis past Washington.

Mike Conley added 17 points and six assists for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Marc Gasol had 15 points and Zach Randolph added 13. Randolph, Gay and Gasol had nine rebounds apiece, helping Memphis to a 53-40 advantage on the boards.


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