Celtics end six-game skid with 94-87 win over Hawks
Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague, left, drives to the hoop against the defense of Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani, left, of Brazil, blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver, right, passes the ball behind the back of Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Brandon Bass had 17 points, seven rebounds and two key blocks and the Boston Celtics surged past the Atlanta Hawks, 94-87, last night.
Jeff Green had 16 points and Jared Sullinger scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak.
Al Horford led the Hawks with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 13 points and 10 assists. Atlanta had won four of five games before losing for just the second time this season at home.
The Celtics outrebounded the Hawks 47-38 and held the Hawks to 38.7 percent shooting.
Trailing 85-84 with 3:17 to play, the Celtics scored seven straight to take a 91-85 lead with 46 seconds to play.
Jordan Crawford scored five points during the run, which came during a quarter in which the Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-13.
The Hawks broke open a tight game by closing out the third quarter with a 17-5 run that gave them a 74-64 lead.
Included in that run was a flagrant foul on Sullinger that resulted in a three-point trip for the Hawks. Teague had six points and an assist to spark the Hawks, while the Celtics floundered on offense, missing six of their final seven field goal attempts in the quarter.
It appeared as if a grueling stretch for the Celtics was catching up to them, as they were playing their fourth game in five nights in four different cities.
Early in the fourth, however, the Celtics put together a 10-0 run by holding the Hawks scoreless on 11 straight possessions.
Avery Bradley had 12 points and five rebounds for the Celtics and limited Hawks’ Kyle Korver to just nine points. Vitor Faverani chipped in 11 points off the bench.
The Hawks fell into an early 11-5 hole as the Celtics shot 5 for 5 on their first five possessions. Boston cooled after that, but still emerged from the first quarter with a 25-24 lead after shooting 52.4 percent from the floor.
The highlight of the first half came courtesy of Paul Millsap, who drove the baseline and threw down a powerful slam over the 6-foot-11 Faverani.
The dunk gave the Hawks a 40-36 lead and drew a roar from the Philips Arena crowd. Despite just three points from Teague, Atlanta’s leading scorer for the season, the Hawks took a 53-49 halftime lead.
Heat 101, Magic 99
LeBron James’ jumper with 15.1 seconds left put Miami ahead for good, and the Heat rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points in his return to the lineup after missing two games to rest his knees, James added 22 and Chris Bosh had 15 for the Heat, which has won six straight.
Glen Davis, playing for the first time since Jan. 30 because of a broken left foot, scored 20 points for the Magic, which fell to 0-5 on the road. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo had shots in the final five seconds, but neither fell and Miami escaped.
Afflalo scored 18, Oladipo added 17 and E’Twaun Moore had all of his 14 points in the first half for Orlando, which let one slip away.
KINGS 103, CLIPPERS 102
Chris Paul scored 22 points, hitting a go-ahead free throw with 2.5 seconds left, to help the Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings after Los Angeles blew a 20-point lead in the first half.
DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Blake Griffin finished with 16 points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who have won 11 of their last 13 against the Kings. J.J. Redick added 15 points.
Paul’s NBA-record streak of 13 straight games with at least 10 points and 10 assists to start a season ended when he finished with nine assists.
DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points and 19 rebounds for the Kings, who had won two in a row.
Isaiah Thomas added 22 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, and Patrick Patterson scored 21 points off the bench, combining to outscore the Clippers’ reserves.
ROCKETS 112, TIMBERWOLVES 101
Aaron Brooks scored a season-high 26 points to pick up the slack for the injured James Harden, and Houston beat Minnesota.
The Rockets led throughout, and Omri Casspi, Jeremy Lin and Brooks made consecutive 3-pointers in a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and extend the lead to 91-74.
Harden, who leads the Rockets with 24.2 points per game, sat out with a sore left foot. Lin started in his place and scored 19, but it was Brooks who shined.
Brooks, who entered the game averaging 2.8 points, had a big second quarter, making four 3-pointers and scoring 16 points. He finished with six 3-pointers.
Kevin Love had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and Corey Brewer scored 22 for the Timberwolves.
PACERS 106, 76ERS 98
Roy Hibbert had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Paul George added 19 points, and Indiana beat Philadelphia.
Michael Carter-Williams scored 29 points and Evan Turner had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the short-handed 76ers. Spencer Hawes, the team’s second-leading scorer, didn’t dress because of a sore left knee and Tony Wroten (back) and Thaddeus Young (personal) didn’t travel with the team, leaving the Sixers with just nine players in uniform.
Lance Stephenson added 18 points and David West had 17 points and 11 rebounds in Indiana’s third straight win, while George Hill finished with 11 points. The Pacers (12-1) are 7-0 at home.
James Anderson scored 13 in the Sixers’ fifth loss in six games and fourth straight road loss.
WIZARDS 98, KNICKS 89
Taking their poor play at home with them on the road, the New York Knicks allowed Washington’s John Wall to score 31 points and dropped into a last-place tie in the Atlantic Division with a loss to the Wizards.
Wall registered at least 30 points in consecutive games for the first time in his NBA career, after scoring 37 in a loss to Toronto on Friday. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft also had seven assists and a soaring block on Iman Shumpert’s layup attempt in the closing seconds.
Washington has won three of four games and is 5-8. The Knicks fell to 3-9, the same record as the Brooklyn Nets.
Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Wizards, while Martell Webster scored 19, and Bradley Beal 18. That made up for a paltry six points from Washington’s reserves.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and J.R. Smith scored 15.
Bobcats 96, Bucks 72
Al Jefferson scored 19 points, Gerald Henderson added 17 and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the Milwaukee Bucks their eighth straight loss.
Jefferson, in his second game back from an ankle injury, added seven rebounds for Charlotte, which has won two of three.
Khris Middleton (20 points) led the Bucks, who shot just 35 percent. Milwaukee’s losing streak is its longest since closing out the 2007-8 season with eight consecutive losses.
The Bobcats outmuscled the Bucks to pull away. Early in the third quarter, Jefferson went 1 of 2 from the line, but grabbed the rebound and hit two more foul shots for a 50-39 lead.
A smattering of boos rained down for the Bucks with Charlotte up 23 after three quarters.
Spurs 126, Cavaliers 96
Danny Green had 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs had a season-high 16 3-pointers, rolling past the Cleveland Cavaliers for their 10th straight victory.
Patty Mills had 15 points, Tony Parker added 12 points and Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli each had 10 points for San Antonio (12-1), which improved on the best start in franchise history.
The Spurs never trailed while scoring a season high in points.
Andrew Bynum had 16 points, Kyrie Irving added 15 points, Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and Dion Waiters 11 for Cleveland (4-10). Anthony Bennett, the top overall draft pick, had a season-high nine points.
The Spurs were 16 for 24 on 3s while remaining undefeated at home.
All of San Antonio’s 13 players scored at least six points, giving its starters a needed rest after playing Friday night in Memphis.