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February 20. 2013 12:09AM
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ATLANTA — Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight, 109-100 over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.


David West scored a game-high 29 points for the Pacers, who had won four straight and seven of eight.


With Josh Smith, Atlanta's leading scorer this season, unable to play because of a right hip flexor, Hawks coach Larry Drew started Zaza Pachulia, who responded with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.


Indiana never got closer than three in the fourth quarter after Paul George's three-point play made it 91-88 at the 5:18 mark.


Jeff Teague's floating runner made it 101-90 less than 3 minutes later.


George finished with 18 points and George Hill added 15 for Indiana. Hill started and played 33 minutes despite a sore right groin.


Kyle Korver scored five points in a single possession late in the third to push the lead to 12 points.



Raptors 123, Magic 88

ORLANDO, Fla. — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping the Toronto Raptors to an easy victory over the injury-depleted Orlando Magic.


Rookie Ed Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds as Toronto won for the seventh time in eight games. The Raptors, who hit a season-high 15 3-pointers, got 16 points apiece from Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross.


Rookie Andrew Nicholson led Orlando with a career-high 22 points. Arron Afflalo added 14 points and Ish Smith had 13 points and six assists.



Hornets 98, Bobcats 95

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory Saturday night.


The Bobcats are one game away from a winless December. They haven't won since Nov. 24.


Gordon, who hadn't played since April 22 following arthroscopic right knee surgery, was 5 of 13 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line in 24 minutes.


Ryan Anderson had 19 points and made a pair of 3-pointers in the final period as the Hornets won for the second time in three games.



Grizzlies 81, Nuggets 72

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets.


Gay's rush was part of 10 straight points for Memphis, breaking open a 68-68 game with 4:45 left. His 18-footer on the baseline with 1:25 left gave Memphis a 10-point lead, helping the Grizzlies snap a two-game losing streak.


Zach Randolph had 12 points for Memphis, which won despite shooting 40 percent. The Grizzlies outscored the Nuggets 28-15 in the fourth, eventually building the lead to 11 points.



Bulls 87, Wizards 77

CHICAGO — Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Washington Wizards.


Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls (16-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Belinelli made 7 of 16 shots in a reserve role as Richard Hamilton returned to the starting lineup. Hamilton had missed 12 games because of a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.


Chicago's Luol Deng scored 11 points after injuring his right ankle Tuesday in a loss to Houston.



Thunder 124, Rockets 94

HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a win over the Houston Rockets.


Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Oklahoma City had another big run early in the third quarter to put the game further out of reach.


Former Thunder sixth man James Harden scored 25 for the Rockets, who went cold on offense for long stretches.



Timberwolves 111, Suns 107

MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Phoenix Suns.


Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and five rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were missing guard Ricky Rubio because of back spasms.



Nets 103, Cavaliers 100

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Lopez followed his 26-point, 11-rebound performance in a victory Friday over Charlotte by shooting 13 of 20 from the field, making a number of timely baskets in the fourth quarter that the Nets ultimately needed to hold on.





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