Hawks fall to Sixers

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) takes a shot over New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 88-85. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)  Gus Ruelas
Gus Ruelas
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) takes a shot over New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 88-85. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand scored 13 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-90 comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Andre Iguodala scored 18, and Brand had 10 rebounds to go with his 10 for 12 shooting.

Coming off a 21-point loss to lowly Washington on Friday that knocked them out of first place in the Atlantic Division and down to No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers earned a hard-fought win against a team ahead of them in the standings.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 34 points and Joe Johnson had 15.

The Hawks have lost three of four after winning four in a row.

KNICKS 91, CAVALIERS 75

In New York, JR Smith scored 20 points, Carmelo Anthony had 19, and the Knicks shook off more bad injury news before beating Cleveland.

Already without Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks announced before the game that Jeremy Lin would have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and could miss six weeks. That leaves them without their second- and third-leading scorers as they try to hold onto a playoff spot.

PISTONS 110, BOBCATS 107 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Will Bynum’s 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Detroit went on to edge Charlotte.

Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 24 points and Jonas Jerebko added 18. Bynum finished with 17.

LAKERS 88, HORNETS 85

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, after starting the game with 18 consecutive misses, and the Lakers rallied to beat last-place New Orleans.

It was just the third field goal of the game for Bryant, who finished with 11 points on 3 of 21 shooting.

SPURS 112, PACERS 103

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Spurs remained the hottest team in the NBA, beating Indiana for their seventh consecutive win.

Saturday night.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili added 18 points apiece. The Spurs are 8-1 since making a rare plunge into midseason moves by adding forwards Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw, giving what Duncan calls the deepest San Antonio bench of his career.

Paul George and Danny Granger each scored 18 for Indiana. The Pacers have lost two of three while trying to break out of the logjammed East playoff picture and secure some home-court edge.

The Spurs aren’t budging in the standings, either. They’re 2½ games behind first-place Oklahoma City and remain stuck behind the similarly streaking Thunder.


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