Al Horford powers Hawks past Nets

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Atlanta's Al Horford drives to basket on former teammate Joe Johnson. Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks knocked off the Nets in Brooklyn.  KATHY KMONICEK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Al Horford drives to basket on former teammate Joe Johnson. Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks knocked off the Nets in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK — Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks dominated the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 105-93 on Sunday night, keeping the Nets from tying for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Josh Smith added 21 points and seven boards for the Hawks, who won their third straight by outscoring the Nets 34-20 in the final period. Neither team led by more than six points over the first three quarters and the game was tied with under 9 minutes to play before Atlanta broke it open with a 19-6 run.

Reggie Evans had a season-high 14 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for the Nets, who headed out for an eight-game road trip on a disappointing note.

A victory would have moved them even with the slumping New York Knicks atop their division.

HEAT 108, RAPTORS 91

In Toronto, Miami equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter to beat the Raptors for its 22nd consecutive victory.

LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Dwyane Wade added 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat tied the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The longest is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami will try to move into sole possession of second tonight when it visits Boston.

CLIPPERS 93, KNICKS 80

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80 Sunday in a meeting of division leaders.

Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers.

J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Raymond Felton had 16 for the Knicks, who played without All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in their fourth consecutive blowout loss on a five-game trip.

WARRIORS 108, ROCKETS 78

In Houston, Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 26 with six 3-pointers, and Golden State stayed ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference standings.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who now trail Golden State by 1½ games for the No. 6 seed.

THUNDER 107, MAVERICKS 101

In Dallas, Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 35 including the go-ahead jumper with 1 minute left, and Oklahoma City dropped the Mavericks.

Durant was 3 of 9 from the floor before hitting seven shots in a row during one stretch in the fourth.stretch Oklahoma City’s lead to 105-101.

BUCKS 115, MAGIC 109

In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 39 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks rallied past Orlando.

TIMBERWOLVES 97, HORNETS 95

In Minneapolis, Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as Minnesota knocked off New Orleans.


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