Short-handed Hawks edge out hobbling Lakers

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Miami's LeBron James tries to get a shot past Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes. The Heat extended their winning streak to 20.  MATT SLOCUM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami's LeBron James tries to get a shot past Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes. The Heat extended their winning streak to 20.

ATLANTA — Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

Bryant finished with 31 points, but made only 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. Making matters worse, he landed on Dahntay Jones’ foot and twisted his left ankle, crumpling to the court in pain.

Bryant hobbled off and Kyle Korver knocked down two free throws to clinch it.

Atlanta won for only the second time in eight games despite missing Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.

HEAT 98, 76ERS 94

In Philadelphia, LeBron James scored 27 points and Miami became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season.

Dwyane Wade added 21 as the Heat needed big baskets over the final 2 minutes to top the Sixers for the milestone win.

Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 in a row, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.

Thaddeus Young had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers.

THUNDER 110, JAZZ 87

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 23 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as the Thunder cruised.

Kevin Martin had 15 points for Oklahoma City, which improved to 25-8 at home. The Thunder led 29-19 after one quarter and 50-28 at halftime.

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points to lead Utah, and Enes Kanter had 12. The Jazz lost for the eighth time in 10 games, but remained one-half game behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the West.

CELTICS 112, RAPTORS 88

In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA’s career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points for the Celtics.

Garnett needed four points to pass West (25,192 points) and Pierce entered the game nine points shy of tying Charles Barkley (23,757) for 20th.

WIZARDS 106, BUCKS 93

In Washington, John Wall had 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Wizards.

Wall and Washington coach Randy Wittman appeared to exchange unpleasant words during a timeout late in the third quarter, but Wall rallied with eight fourth-quarter points to hold off the Bucks’ comeback.

Monta Ellis scored 26 points for the Bucks.

ROCKETS 111, SUNS 81

In Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Houston starters in double figures as the Rockets routed Phoenix.

James Harden scored 18 and Omer Asik had 14 for the Rockets, who stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings.

PACERS 107,

TIMBERWOLVES 91

In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Indiana.

Paul George had 17 points and George Hill added 16 points with six assists to help the Pacers get their second win in three games.


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