Hawks extend winning streak to three

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Atlanta's Jeff Teague shoots between Indiana's Darren Collison (left) and Roy Hibbert. Josh Smith scored 27 points as the Hawks won their third game in a row. Atlanta previously defeated Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.  AJ MAST/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Jeff Teague shoots between Indiana's Darren Collison (left) and Roy Hibbert. Josh Smith scored 27 points as the Hawks won their third game in a row. Atlanta previously defeated Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.

INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Smith had 27 points and nine rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their third consecutive victory, 101-96 over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, 11 in the third, and fell three points shy of his season high.

Jannero Pargo had 16 points, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Pachulia each scored 12 for the Hawks.

David West scored a season-high 24 points for the Pacers, who have lost two in a row. Danny Granger had 19 points and eight rebounds, and George Hill scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana.

The Hawks led by as much as 10 points in the first half and never gave it up.

HEAT 108, NETS 78

In Miami, LeBron James scored 21 points and capped his night by banking in a halfcourt shot, Chris Bosh added 20 points and Miami snapped a two-game slide.

The win came with a cost: Dwyane Wade turned his right ankle late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 13 points. Wade missed six games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle, though the team said he could have returned to this one if needed.

BOBCATS 100, MAGIC 84

In Charlotte, N.C., Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 points, Gerald Henderson hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat Orlando.

The Bobcats came in having lost 21 of their past 22 games, but seemed to get a spark after coach Paul Silas was ejected in the second quarter with the team trailing by 18.

PISTONS 88, LAKERS 85 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 34 points, and Detroit overcame a tying shot by Kobe Bryant at the end of regulation to beat Los Angeles in overtime.

Bryant, who had tied the game at the buzzer to force the extra session, missed from 3-point range in the final seconds of overtime. Metta World Peace came up with the ball and dribbled back toward the top of the key, but his last-ditch turnaround missed as well.

CELTICS 97, ROCKETS 92 (OT)

In Boston, Kevin Garnett grabbed 13 rebounds to pass Shaquille O’Neal and move into 12th on the NBA’s career list, and Paul Pierce scored seven of his 30 points in overtime to lead the Celtics.

Boston has won five in a row since the All-Star break, including two in a row in overtime. Houston has lost four in a row.

MAVERICKS 95, KNICKS 85

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and bailed out the Mavericks after they lost the lead after a 7½-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter, and Dallas beat New York.

Nowitzki made a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 4:34 left, starting a game-clinching, 14-0 run by the Mavericks in which their All-Star forward scored nine points.


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