Hawks down Bobcats for sixth win in a row

Atlanta Hawks 94, Charlotte Bobcats 91

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Atlanta's Josh Smith drives to the basket against Charlotte's Kemba Walker during the first half. Smith had 17 points in the Hawks' win.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Josh Smith drives to the basket against Charlotte's Kemba Walker during the first half. Smith had 17 points in the Hawks' win.

ATLANTA — Al Horford scored 17 points and hit two clinching free throws to help the Atlanta Hawks win their sixth consecutive game with a 94-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Josh Smith and Lou Williams also had 17 points apiece for the Hawks.

Ben Gordon finished with 26 points and Ramon Sessions had 18 to lead Charlotte.

NETS 95, CELTICS 83

In Boston, Joe Johnson scored 18 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Brooklyn, which won after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight.

The Celtics point guard was tossed after he shoved Kris Humphries to retaliate for the Nets forward’s hard foul against Kevin Garnett.

Humphries and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace were also ejected for their roles in the second-
quarter skirmish.

SPURS 110, MAGIC 89

In Orlando, Fla., Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Gary Neal scored 19 and San Antonio earned its fifth consecutive win, racing past Orlando.

Tim Duncan added 15 points in 27 minutes and Tony Parker chipped in 14 points and eight assists.

WIZARDS 84, TRAIL BLAZERS 82

In Washington, the Wizards earned their first victory after starting the season with 12 consecutive losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford.

PISTONS 117, SUNS 77

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece for Detroit, which has won back-to-back games.

THUNDER 120, ROCKETS 98

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and Oklahoma City beat Houston in James Harden’s first game back in Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded before the season.

Harden scored 17 points, but was limited to 3 for 16 shooting. He had six shots blocked by the Thunder.

KNICKS 102, BUCKS 88

In Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead New York to a victory over Milwaukee.

BULLS 101, MAVERICKS 78

In Chicago, Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds and was one of five Chicago players to score at least 11 points in a victory over Dallas.

After the game, the Mavericks announced they will sign Derek Fisher today as long as he passes his physical.

JAZZ 96, HORNETS 84

In New Orleans, Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms and Utah won its second consecutive game.

GRIZZLIES 103, RAPTORS 82

In Memphis, Tenn., Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis win its third consecutive game.


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