Hawks pull out OT win over Bobcats

Atlanta Hawks 102, Charlotte Bobcats 96

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Atlanta Hawks went to overtime for a second consecutive night, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 102-96 on Friday behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Josh Smith.

The Hawks lost in triple-overtime to the Miami Heat the night before, but made sure there wouldn’t be multiple extra periods needed by scoring the first eight points, with early 3-pointers by Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson.

Marvin Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Al Horford scored 15 points for the Hawks (5-3).

D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 21 points and 12 assists, while Kemba Walker added 19 points.

PACERS 87, CELTICS 74

In Boston, Danny Granger had 15 points and Roy Hibbert scored 11 with 12 rebounds to lead Indiana past Boston.

It was Indiana’s first win in Boston since 2007.

Ray Allen returned after missing one game with an illness and scored 23 points for the Celtics. Paul Pierce, who missed the first three games – all losses – scored 10 points on 3-for-17 shooting as Boston shot just 39 percent.

BULLS 97, MAGIC 83

In Orlando, Fla., Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 21 points and Chicago held off a fourth-quarter surge by Orlando for its sixth straight victory.

Carlos Boozer added 20 points for Chicago, which led by as many as 17 before the lead was trimmed to three. The Bulls closed the game on a 17-6 run.

Dwight Howard led the Magic with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bulls (7-1) are off to their best start since winning 12 of 13 to open the 1996-97 season.

KNICKS 99, WIZARDS 96

In Washington, Carmelo Anthony made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds to play and scored 37 points, and New York rallied to keep the Wizards winless.

Amare Stoudemire added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 15 boards in the Knicks’ seventh consecutive victory over Washington.

Nick Young scored 24 points and John Wall had 22 points and nine assists in the closest loss during the worst start in franchise history.

NUGGETS 96, HORNETS 88

In New Orleans, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points and the Denver Nuggets went on a 19-0 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to win.

Al Harrington had 14 points off the bench for the balanced Nuggets, who won their fourth in a row.

NETS 97, RAPTORS 85

In Toronto, Deron Williams had 24 points and nine assists, Anthony Morrow also scored 24 and New Jersey snapped a six-game losing streak.

DeShawn Stevenson added 15 points for the Nets.

76ERS 96, PISTONS 73

In Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Jodie Meeks scored 21 points, and the 76ers beat Detroit.

Greg Monroe had 22 points for the Pistons.

THUNDER 109, ROCKETS 94

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 26 points, top reserve James Harden added 23 and the Thunder eased into their only stretch of three games on consecutive nights by beating Houston.

Durant played just under 28 minutes and Russell Westbrook logged about 25.

CAVALIERS 98, TIMBERWOLVES 87

In Minneapolis, Antawn Jamison had 22 points and six rebounds to help Cleveland beat the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Min­nesota.

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