NBA roundup: Hawks top Bobcats in OT
By Sports Network
|Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (L) and Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (R) battle for a loose ball in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina January 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)
Final Score: Atlanta 102, Charlotte 96 (OT)
Charlotte, NC - The last thing the Hawks needed was another game decided in overtime. But at least on Friday, Atlanta pulled out a 102-96 victory over the Bobcats. Josh Smith finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Hawks, who were playing the middle test of a back-to-back-to-back and had just lost in triple- overtime to the Heat on Thursday. Marvin Williams and Al Horford each chipped in 15 points in the win. D.J. Augustin totaled 21 points and 12 assists for Charlotte, which got 19 points from Kemba Walker and 17 from Byron Mullens in falling to 2-5 on the young season.
Final Score: Philadelphia 96, Detroit 73
Philadelphia, PA - Jodie Meeks scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, leading the 76ers to a 96-73 win over the Pistons in Friday's home-opener. Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers, winners of three straight. Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young added 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Pistons, playing without guards Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey, were led by Greg Monroe's 22 points. They fell to 0-3 on the road this season. Brandon Knight, Jason Maxiell and Will Bynum each chipped in 10 points.
Final Score: New York 99,Washington 96
Washington, DC - Carmelo Anthony's three-pointer with 15.5 seconds left put New York on top for good in a 99-96 victory over the Washington Wizards. Nick Young had a chance to send the game into overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer after Iman Shumpert made 1-of-2 free throws at the other end, but Young's shot was too hard and bounced off the back of the rim to keep the Wizards winless on the year. Anthony finished with 37 points and seven assists, while Amare Stoudemire recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 boards as the Knicks halted a two-game losing streak. Young paced the Wizards with 24 points while making 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc, but his missed shot resulted in Washington falling to 0-7 on the year and extended the worst start in franchise history.
Final Score: Indiana 87, Boston 74
Boston, MA - Danny Granger led six Pacers in double-figures with 15 points, and Indiana put the clamps on the Celtics en route to an 87-74 victory at TD Garden. Darren Collison had 14 points, George Hill added 13 and Roy Hibbert put up 11 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which held Boston to 39 percent shooting and improved to 5-2 on the young season. Ray Allen paced the Celtics with 23 points, Kevin Garnett added 12 points and six rebounds, but the other member of the "Big Three," Paul Pierce, was held to 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting.
Final Score: Cleveland 98, Minnesota 87
Minneapolis, MN - Antawn Jamison scored 22 points to lead Cleveland to a 98-87 win over Minnesota Friday. Anderson Varejao posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Kyrie Irving poured in 14 points and had five assists for the Cavaliers, winners in three of their last four. Kevin Love had a double-double with 29 points and 14 boards and rookie Derrick Williams had 12 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost six times this season.
Final Score: Denver 96, New Orleans 88
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points and dished out six assists, as the Denver Nuggets used a strong second half to beat the New Orleans Hornets, 96-88. Al Harrington added 14 points and six rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won four in a row. Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson donated 13 and 12 points, respectively, with the latter adding eight assists. Greivis Vasquez ended with 16 points for the Hornets, who have dropped five straight. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry each had 15 points. Marco Belinelli tallied 13 points for New Orleans, which was outscored, 55-41, in the second half.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 109, Houston 94
Oklahoma City, OK - Kevin Durant scored a game-high 26 points and James Harden dropped in 23 as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a 109-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday. Russell Westbrook added 15 points and five assists for the Thunder, who only trailed when Houston scored the first bucket of the contest. Serge Ibaka contributed 11 points and nine rebounds as Oklahoma City snapped a two-game losing streak. Terrence Williams and Kevin Martin each scored 13 for the Rockets, while Goran Dragic dropped in 10 and dished out 11 assists in Houston's third straight loss.
Final Score: Chicago 97, Orlando 83
Orlando, FL - Derrick Rose had 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Bulls to a 97-83 win over the Magic on Thursday. Luol Deng added 21 points, while Carlos Boozer had 20 and 13 boards for the Bulls, winners of six straight. Kyle Korver hit five three-pointers and finished with 18 points. Dwight Howard paced the Magic, losers in two of their last three, with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Jason Richardson chipped in 17 points and Hedo Turkoglu finished with 12.