Josh Smith leads Hawks to victory

Atlanta Hawks 109, Chicago Bulls 94

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ATLANTA— Josh Smith scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls’ six-game winning streak.

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (right) tries to get by the defense of Chicago Bulls' Kyle Korvar during the first half of Saturday's game.  John Amis/Associated Press
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Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (right) tries to get by the defense of Chicago Bulls' Kyle Korvar during the first half of Saturday's game.

John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led.

The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97.

Derrick Rose, last season’s league MVP, scored eight points for Chicago.

Both teams used mostly reserves in the fourth before Atlanta coach Larry Drew had starters Smith, Johnson and Al Horford enter the game for a few minutes late in the final period.

HEAT 101, NETS 90

In Newark, N.J., LeBron James returned to the lineup to score 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and Miami rolled to a victory over New Jersey despite playing without Dwyane Wade.

Wade missed his third game in a row with a bruised left foot, but James had the game under control by the time his All-Star teammate arrived at his seat on the bench.

THUNDER 98, ROCKETS 95

In Houston, Kevin Durant hit a jumper with 22 seconds left and nailed two free throws to give Oklahoma City a win over Houston.

Durant finished with 27 points and six rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 25 points and six assists, and reserve Nazr Mohammed had a season-high 17 points and six rebounds for the Thunder.

PACERS 99, BOBCATS 77

In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert scored 20 points to help Indiana beat Charlotte.

Hibbert, who briefly left the game with a sprained right ankle, also had eight rebounds and three blocks.

KNICKS 103, PISTONS 80

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 to lead New York to an easy victory over Detroit.

Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points in three quarters for New York before taking the rest of the night off.

The Knicks led 64-42 at halftime and by 29 after three quarters.

76ERS 97, RAPTORS 62

In Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 14 points to lead Philadelphia to its fourth consecutive win.

Lou Williams scored 13 points, and rookie Nikola Vucevic had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers. A year after starting 3-13, the Sixers are 5-2 and the early leaders in the Atlantic Division.

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