Smith's big game propels Hawks to victory

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Josh Smith (right) had a double-double to lead the Hawks to victory over the Hornets in New Orleans.  DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Josh Smith (right) had a double-double to lead the Hawks to victory over the Hornets in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS — Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

Al Horford added 20 points, Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon.

Smith also had 13 rebounds.

Gordon, playing in his first home game this season, scored 11 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He made his season debut in a victory over Charlotte on Saturday after spending most of the season recovering from a knee injury.

Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and Greivis Vasquez added 17 for the Hornets.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis struggled from the floor, making four of nine shots for nine points but had 12 rebounds.

TRAIL BLAZERS 105,

KNICKS 100

In New York, Portland overcame Carmelo Anth­ony’s season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoude­mire’s season debut.

Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.

Stoudemire finished with six points and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury.

PISTONS 103, KINGS 97

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Detroit held off Sacramento for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from its reserves. The group scored 44 points Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a second-quarter ejection.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.

MAVERICKS 103, WIZARDS 94

In Washington, Vince Carter scored 23 points, O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help Dallas break its six-game losing streak.

Six players scored in double figures for Dallas. Chris Kaman scored 12 points and Shawn Marion had 11 points with a season-high 14 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki played in just his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery and added 11.

Bradley Beal equaled a career high with 22 points for the Wizards.

Emeka Okafor had 14 and 11 rebounds. Martel Webster also had 14.


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