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ATLANTA — Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.


Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs.


The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee. Williams was hurt Friday at Brooklyn and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday by Dr. Michael Bernot in Atlanta.


Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.


Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 points. Kyle Korver, who started at shooting guard, had 19 points.


Spurs forward Tim Duncan was not in uniform as he was given the night off by coach Gregg Popovich.


The Spurs led by 12 in the first half but Atlanta kept the game close in the final two periods. A basket by Hawks rookie John Jenkins tied the game at 72-all early in the final period, but Bonner's basket gave San Antonio the lead for good.


Jenkins made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to cut the Spurs' lead to 94-91, but San Antonio beat the Hawks' full-court press for an easy basket by Splitter.


Hawks coach Larry Drew called Williams' injury devastating. Williams was third on the team with his average of 14.1 points.


Even though Williams usually came off the bench, his injury affected Drew's starting lineup. Korver started instead of Harris because Drew said he wasn't comfortable having both his healthy point guards — Harris and Teague — in the lineup.


Harris was helped off the court and immediately taken to the locker room early in the third period after he turned his left ankle. The Hawks listed Harris as questionable to return, but he didn't make it back to the bench after having the ankle taped.


Al Horford had nine points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta after missing Friday's loss with a sore left hamstring.


Bonner made all of his three 3-point attempts in the first half as the Spurs led 52-42 at the break. Korver had three 3-pointers in the half for Atlanta.


The Hawks had a strong start to the second half and took a 61-60 lead after Smith drove past Boris Diaw on the baseline. Diaw answered with a basket to start an 8-0 run for the Spurs, who led 72-70 entering the final period.


NOTES: There were fans wearing the colors for both teams in Sunday's NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. ... R&B artist Mary J. Blige was in the crowd. ... Popovich, asked before the game why guard Manu Ginobili is with the team though he is expected to miss at least another week with a left hamstring injury, said eye candy.


Kings 97, Bobcats 93

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats for their third win in four games.


After scoring just 69 points in a 16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown.


They led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team's last nine points in the final four minutes.


Evans finished with 16 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and James Johnson chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for the Kings (16-25).


Timberwolves 92, Rockets 79

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota on Saturday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves to a victory over the slumping Houston Rockets.


Johnson, signed from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth. Gelabale, a forward who arrived from France on Thursday, had 10 of his 11 points in the final 12 minutes to help the injury-plagued Wolves snap a five-game skid.


James Harden scored 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Rockets, who have lost seven straight games. Houston shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers in another lethargic effort that had coach Kevin McHale scrambling to find anybody who could give them some energy.


Warriors 116, Hornets 112

NEW ORLEANS — Klay Thompson had a season-high 29 points, Jarrett Jack scored seven of his 25 in the final minute and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Hornets.


The Warriors trailed 110-108 in a topsy-turvy game when Jack hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to tie the score. He converted a tough floater to give Golden State a 112-110 lead, and he finished off the Hornets with three free throws.


Thompson scored 24 in the first half as the Warriors led by as much as 16. Jack, who played for the Hornets last season, added 12 assists. Stephen Curry, returning after missing two games with a right ankle sprain, had 17 of his 20 points in the second half.


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