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NBA roundup — Jan. 8

Associated Press

Hawks 97, Pacers 87

Kyle Korver scored 17 points, Pero Antic added 16 and the host Atlanta Hawks raced to a big lead before holding off the team with the NBA’s best record, beating the weary Indiana Pacers.

The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak and extended Indiana’s misery at Philips Arena, where the Pacers (28-7) haven’t won since 2006. They dropped their 12th in a row in Atlanta, the team’s longest active road losing streak against any team.

Indiana looked very much like a squad playing its fourth game in five nights and also had dealt with travel issues because of the arctic weather. The Pacers managed just 12 points in the first quarter and 32 in the opening half — both season lows.

Paul George led Indiana with 28 points.

Spurs 112, Mavericks 90

Tony Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the host San Antonio Spurs never trailed, cruising past the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Marco Belinelli had 17 points, Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and Patty Mills scored 11 for San Antonio (28-8), which recaptured the Western Conference’s best record ahead of Oklahoma City (27-8).

Monta Ellis had 21 points and Vince Carter added 14 points. No other player scored in double figures as the Mavericks lost their seventh in a row to the Spurs.

Dirk Nowitzki was limited to eight points, shooting 3-for-14 and making his only two free-throws attempts.

The Spurs turned to Belinelli off the bench with super sub Manu Ginobili unable to play after straining his left hamstring against the Grizzlies. After starting 11 consecutive games, Belinelli was 3-for-5 on 3-pointers as a reserve.

Belinelli had five consecutive points, including his first 3-pointer, in putting San Antonio up 76-59 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.

Raptors 112, Pistons 91

Kyle Lowry had 21 points and nine assists, Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Toronto Raptors handed the slumping Detroit Pistons their sixth consecutive loss.

DeMar DeRozan shook off a slow start to finish with 19 points and Terrence Ross had 17 for the Raptors, who went 31-for-34 from the free-throw line to snap a two-game skid and win for the sixth time in eight games.

Amir Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which leads the Atlantic Division.

Brandon Jennings had 22 points and Rodney Stuckey returned after missing the previous three games with a sore right shoulder to score 14 for Detroit, which has not won since a 115-92 victory at Cleveland on Dec. 23.

Nets 102, Warriors 98

Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ season-high fourth consecutive victory that snapped the Golden State Warriors’ 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.

Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 13 points, one of his best efforts in a Brooklyn uniform, in the final quarter and stole Stephen Curry’s pass with the Warriors down three in the final half-minute.

Shaun Livingston made the tiebreaking free throw with 1:12 left when he appeared to get away with hooking Curry, then Johnson made four in a row.

Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors.

Wizards 102, Pelicans 96

Trevor Ariza scored 21 points and John Wall added 20 points to lead the visiting Washington Wizards over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Wizards used a 33-16 surge in the second quarter to open a 17-point halftime advantage and held off a late rally by the Pelicans. Eric Gordon scored 23 points to lead the Pelicans.

Rockets 113, Lakers 99

James Harden scored 38 points and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 rebounds to power the host Houston Rockets over the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets used a 33-15 third-quarter surge to turn a five-point deficit at halftime into a 14-point lead. Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol both scored 21 for the Lakers.


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