Josh Smith leads Hawks

Atlanta Hawks 108, Denver Nuggets 104

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ATLANTA — Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta’s lead and the Hawks held on to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-104 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta's Jeff Teague drives against Denver's Timofey Mozgov. Teague had 9 points.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Jeff Teague drives against Denver's Timofey Mozgov. Teague had 9 points.

Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds on his 27th birthday. Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Ty Lawson paced Denver with a season-high 32 points. Corey Brewer had 19.

KNICKS 100, BOBCATS 98

In Charlotte, N.C., J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give New York a victory over Charlotte.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, but wasn’t on the floor for the final 2:10 after injuring his left hand diving into the team’s bench for a loose ball.

SPURS 110, BUCKS 99

In San Antonio, Tony Parker and Gary Neal had 22 points each to lead the Spurs past Milwaukee. Parker also had 10 assists.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

CELTICS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 94

In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Celtics beat Minnesota in Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension. Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists.

BULLS 95, CAVALIERS 85

In Cleveland, Marco Belinelli scored 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and Chicago took control early to beat Cleveland.

WARRIORS 104, PISTONS 97

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and Golden State pulled away.

PACERS 99, TRAIL BLAZERS

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 22 points to help Indiana beat Portland.

BRYANT JOINS ELITE CLUB

NEW ORLEANS — Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points and only the fifth overall to hit that mark on Wednesday night.

Bryant entered the elite club during the first half of Los Angeles’ 103-87 win over New Orleans. He began the game 13 points short, and scored his 13th and 14th points on a jumper with 1:16 to go in the first half. He finished with 29.

Bryant is 34. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.

– Associated Press


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