Josh Smith's double-double sparks Atlanta

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Atlanta's Jeff Teague (right) tries to knock the ball away from Phoenix's Goran Dragic during the second half.   DAVID TULIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Jeff Teague (right) tries to knock the ball away from Phoenix's Goran Dragic during the second half.

ATLANTA — Josh Smith made a strong return to Atlanta’s lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Hawks led by double figures throughout the final period of their 107-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Smith returned to Atlanta’s lineup after missing one game with a sprained left knee. All five starters scored in double figures, with Al Horford adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyle Korver had four 3-pointers and 16 points. Devin Harris had 15 and DeShawn Stevenson scored 12.

Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists for the Suns.

LAKERS 99, PACERS 93

In Indianapolis, Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, then watched Dwight Howard complete a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left to help Los Angeles hold off Indiana.

Bryant started two nights after he was hurt but was ineffective. He went 0 for 4 in the first quarter, then went to the bench and did not return. He spent the second half holding a black box with wires running down to the injured ankle as he cheered on the Lakers (35-32).

Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

George Hill scored 27 points for Indiana.

RAPTORS 92, BOBCATS 78

In Toronto, Rudy Gay scored 28 points, Amir Johnson had 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Charlotte.

Gerald Henderson scored 22 points to lead the Bobcats.

WIZARDS 96, HORNETS 87

In Washington, John Wall put on a rare shooting show, scoring a season-high 29 points and matching his career high with three 3-pointers as the Wizards ran their home winning streak to four.

Wall went 12 for 15 from the field, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range, displaying an outside touch that’s been mostly absent since he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft.

ROCKETS 108,

TIMBERWOLVES 100

In Houston, James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and the Rockets rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter to beat Minnesota.

THUNDER 117, MAGIC 104

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 to lead the Thunder past Orlando.

Serge Ibaka chipped in 20 points for Oklahoma City.


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