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March 31. 2014 11:50PM
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ATLANTA — Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Lou Williams added 22 off the bench Monday night, rallying the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-95 victory that denied the Philadelphia 76ers their first winning streak in nearly three months.


The Hawks, clinging to the final playoff spot in the East, snapped a six-game losing streak and won for only the seventh time in 27 games. They came into the night one game ahead of the New York Knicks.


Williams hit two crucial 3-pointers from the corner in the closing minutes as the Hawks bounced back from an early 14-point deficit.


The 76ers were coming off a victory over Detroit, snapping an NBA record-tying streak of 26 consecutive losses. But they couldn’t win two in a row for the first time since Jan. 4.


Spurs 103, Pacers 77


INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Parker scored 22 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ franchise-record 18th straight victory.


Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Spurs, who bettered their previous longest winning streak that was set from Feb. 19 through March 31, 1996.


Paul George scored 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost six of seven and their once seemingly safe three-game lead over Miami for the Eastern Conference’s top seed. The Heat would be alone in first place with a victory over Toronto later Monday.


San Antonio took control of the game with first-half runs of 11-0 and 15-0 and didn’t let the Pacers get closer than eight the rest of the way.


Heat 93, Raptors 83


MIAMI — LeBron James scored 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat moved into the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Toronto Raptors.


Chris Andersen scored 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, which was again without Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden and Ray Allen.


Miami (51-22, .699) moved percentage points ahead of Indiana (52-23, .693), which lost at home earlier Monday night to San Antonio, 103-77. It’s the first time all season that Miami has been alone atop the East.


Bulls 94, Celtics 80


CHICAGO — Mike Dunleavy had 22 points to lead five Bulls in double figures and Chicago broke open a close game with 13 straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics.


Joakim Noah had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Jimmy Butler had 18 points, Carlos Boozer 16 and Taj Gibson 14 points and 11 rebounds.


Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless had 18 points apiece for the Celtics.


Bobcats 100, Wizards 94


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson each had a double-double and the Charlotte Bobcats rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Washington.


Walker finished with 21 points and 10 assists and Jefferson had 19 points and 11 rebounds despite needing seven stitches in the first half to close a gash above his right eye.


Pistons 116, Bucks 111


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game skid with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Josh Smith scored eight of his 26 points during a 12-0 fourth-quarter run that wiped out a 98-92 Bucks lead and gave the Pistons the lead for good.


Brandon Knight had 25 points and Ramon Sessions added 20 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee, which lost its 10th consecutive road game and dropped the season series 3-1 to the Pistons.


Clippers 114, Timberwolves 104


MINNEAPOLIS — Darren Collison had 28 points and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t miss a beat with Blake Griffin out with a back injury.


Chris Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 19 points for the Clippers (53-22).


Kevin Love had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Wolves.


Kings 102, Pelicans 97


NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a three-game skid with a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.




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