Balanced 76ers get past Hawks

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ATLANTA — Rookie Nikola Vucevic set a career high with 15 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures and the Sixers dodged back-to-back losses once again by beating the Atlanta Hawks 98-87 on Saturday night.

Atlanta guard Kirk Hinrich (left) and Philadelphia's Lou Williams chase down a loose ball during the first quarter of the 76ers' 11-point victory over the Hawks.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta guard Kirk Hinrich (left) and Philadelphia's Lou Williams chase down a loose ball during the first quarter of the 76ers' 11-point victory over the Hawks.

Jeff Teague had 21 points to lead Atlanta.

The Sixers led by 20 in the third period and kept the lead in double figures until the Hawks staged a final comeback attempt. Joe Johnson’s basket with 1:45 remaining cut Philadelphia’s lead to 94-85. Lou Williams, who had 14 points, answered with back-to-back baskets for the Sixers.

Thaddeus Young had 14 points and Andre Iguodala had nine points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Sixers bounced back from Friday night’s 99-79 home loss to Miami.

CLIPPERS 107, WIZARDS 81

In Washington, Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which won for the fifth time in six games.

Nick Young and John Wall each scored 14 for Washing­ton.

MAGIC 85, PACERS 81

In Indianapolis, Dwight Howard had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Orlando over Indiana.

Danny Granger had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost two of three to the Magic in less than two weeks.

CAVALIERS 91, MAVERICKS 88

In Cleveland, rookie Kyrie Irving made a driving layup in traffic with 15.8 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a win over defending NBA champion Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and passed Elgin Baylor for 22nd place on the NBA’s scoring list.

KNICKS 99, NETS 92

In New York, Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 25 points and the Knicks salvaged the finale of a back-to-back-to-back set by beating New Jersey.

Lin came off the bench to control a struggling offense, adding seven assists while outplaying Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Williams had 21 points and 11 assists for the Nets.

PISTONS 89, HORNETS 87

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Detroit (6-20) defeated New Orleans in a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams.

New Orleans (4-20) lost its fifth in a row. Trevor Ariza led the Hornets with 26.

TIMBERWOLVES 100, ROCKETS 91

In Minneapolis, Kevin Love scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Luke Ridnour added 22 points to lead Minnesota to a win over Houston.

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 11 assists for Houston.

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