Wall's return sparks Wizards in win over Hawks

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Washington's John Wall drives to the basket past for two of his 14 points    in a victory over Atlanta.   RICHARD LIPSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Washington's John Wall drives to the basket past for two of his 14 points in a victory over Atlanta.

WASHINGTON — John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season, and the worst-in-NBA Washington Wizards have their first winning streak after a 93-83 victory Saturday night over the Atlanta Hawks.

Wall’s playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.

No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal, getting to play with Wall for the first time, scored 16 points for the Wizards, who are 6-28 but have strung together two wins in a row following their upset of Oklahoma City on Monday.

Jeff Teague scored 19 points for the Hawks.

MAGIC 104, CLIPPERS 101

In Los Angeles, J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic beat the Clippers 104-101 to snap a 10-game skid.

The loss ended the Clippers’ franchise-record 13-game, home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go. Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left.

After a timeout, Crawford missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

PACERS 96, BOBCATS 88

In Indianapolis, George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin added a season-high 18 and Indiana beat Charlotte for its fourth win in a row.

Ben Gordon scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bobcats.

JAZZ 90, PISTONS 87

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and Utah rallied.

Detroit’s Brandon Knight missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.

Jefferson helped the Jazz outscore Detroit 25-11 in the third after trailing by as many as 15 points.

76ERS 107, ROCKETS 100

In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak.

James Harden led Houston with 29 points.

SUNS 97, BULLS 81

In Chicago, Luis Scola scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 20 to lead Phoenix past Chicago.

Carlos Boozer had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls.


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