Hawks 107, Nets 97
Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 20 points apiece, helping top-seeded Atlanta hold off visiting Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Shaking off a dislocated finger, Horford flew around the court in the fourth quarter when it looked like Brooklyn was on the verge of bouncing all the way back from an early 17-point deficit. In the final minute, Teague darted into the lane for a couple of baskets that helped the Hawks seal another hard-fought victory.
Atlanta leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, which heads back to Brooklyn for Game 6 on Friday night. The Hawks can wrap it up, but the eighth-seeded Nets seem intent on taking the series to the limit.
Alan Anderson led the Nets with 23 points off the bench. Jarrett Jack added 18 as the Brooklyn backups dominated Atlanta’s bench.
•?Atlanta’s Kyle Korver won the NBA Sportsmanship Award. He earned 87-of-317 first-place votes and 2,351 total points in voting by NBA players. New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was second with 2,171 points.
LATE TUESDAY?Spurs 111, Clippers 107
Tim Duncan scored 12 of his 21 points in the second half, and DeAndre Jordan was called for basket interference with 4.3 seconds left as San Antonio moved to the brink of the second round with a win over host Los Angeles in Game 5.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for the defending NBA champion Spurs, who took a 3-2 series lead.
San Antonio’s lead dwindled to one point in the final minute after the Clippers made a 7-1 run, but Blake Griffin missed a leaping leaner with five seconds left. Jordan tipped it in, but touched the ball inside the cylinder, a ruling upheld on video review. Game 6 is Thursday in San Antonio.
•?The NBA fined Clippers coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating in Game 5.
NOTEBOOK: ?Wiggins to win award
The NBA will name Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as rookie of the year Thursday, an inside source told the Associated Press.
The Cavaliers drafted Wiggins No. 1 overall last summer, but traded him to the Timberwolves in a deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland. Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games in his first season.
Tweet leads to firing
The Houston Rockets fired their social media manager after he posted a tweet with an emoji of a gun pointed at a horse’s head as they were beating the Dallas Mavericks.
The Rockets confirmed the dismissal of Chad Shanks on Wednesday.
The tweet, posted just before the Rockets finished a 103-94 victory to win the first-round playoff series, read: “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” It was criticized on social media and deleted.
Abdul-Jabbar in hospital
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar briefly returned to the hospital two weeks after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery, but his business manager says it was just a precaution and the NBA’s career scoring leader is doing fine.
Deborah Morales said Abdul-Jabbar, 68, experienced a heart irregularity Wednesday morning and was examined by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.