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Hawks win 11 straight over Bobcats: NBA roundup — March 17

Associated Press

Hawks 97, Bobcats 83

Paul Millsap scored 28 points, and Atlanta snapped host Charlotte’s eight-game home winning.

It was Atlanta’s 11th straight win over Charlotte. The Hawks have won four straight, pulling within 1½ games of the Bobcats for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Pero Antic had 11 points and 10 rebounds and DeMarre Carroll scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks open an 18-point lead.

Al Jefferson, who was selected the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his 30th double-double of the season but was just 6-of-15 from the field.

Pacers 99, 76ers 90

Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and host Indiana rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia, handing the 76ers their franchise-record 21st straight loss.

Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers, who staked the Sixers to a 15-6 lead before taking the lead and pulling away. George Hill scored 11 points, Ian Mahinmi had 10 and David West grabbed 12 rebounds.

Suns 108, Nets 95

Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading host Brooklyn to victory over Phoenix and extending its home winning streak to nine.

Williams shot 11-of-13 from the field and looks all the way back after ankle problems wrecked his first half of the season. He was two points off his season high and rose above the rim to throw down a dunk that finished off a fourth-quarter fastbreak started by Andrei Kirilenko’s steal.

Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets.

Rockets 124, Jazz 86

Terrence Jones scored 30 points and host Houston ended a three-game skid with its most lopsided victory of the season.

Dwight Howard was out with an ankle strain, leaving the Rockets without him for the first time this season. Houston led 92-69 entering the fourth, and the big advantage allowed an overworked James Harden, who had played more than 43 minutes in three of the previous four games, to rest as he watched the fourth quarter from the bench. Harden finished with 15 points.

Mavericks 94, Celtics 89

Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and host Dallas opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a victory.

The Celtics trailed by double digits twice in the second half before getting within one in the final minute but couldn’t avoid an 0-15 finish on the road against the Western Conference. Jerryd Bayless had 19 points for the Celtics.

Thunder 97, Bulls 85

Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and Oklahoma City beat host Chicago.

Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and the Thunder rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season.

They went on a 13-point run after the Bulls scored eight straight early in the fourth to cut the lead to one, pulling this one out after falling by 23 to Dallas Sunday.


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