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NBA game roundup: Hawks win eighth straight road game



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Al Horford led a balanced attack with 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks set a franchise record with their eighth consecutive road victory by cooling off the Detroit Pistons 106-103 on Friday night at The Palace.

Power forward Paul Millsap contributed 17 points and seven rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks (28-8), who won their seventh consecutive game overall while snapping Detroit’s seven-game winning streak. Atlanta had previously won seven straight road games on two occasions, most recently during the 1993-94 season.

Point guard Jeff Teague supplied 14 points and 11 assists, small forward DeMarre Carroll added 13 points, guard Thabo Sefolosha had 12 and shooting guard Kyle Korver chipped in 11.

Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit (12-24) with 20 points but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Pistons center Andre Drummond, the league’s second-leading rebounder, was held to four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. Drummond did reach the career 2,000-rebound mark with his final rebound.

Detroit’s 43 3-point attempts were a franchise record.

Pacers 107, Celtics 103 (OT)

INDIANAPOLIS – Boston, which overhauled its roster recently, produced an impressive fourth-quarter rally, but Indiana overcame poor shooting to win in overtime in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Boston guard Avery Bradley forced overtime with a 3-pointer from the left corner with four seconds remaining in regulation, tying the score at 94 and capping a comeback from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics (12-22) took a 103-102 overtime lead on guard Evan Turner’s basket with 1:46 remaining, but Boston did not score again.

Before Friday’s game, the Celtics completed a trade with Phoenix that sent forward/center Brandan Wright to the Suns for future conditional first-round draft pick that was acquired from Minnesota, and then Boston leading scorer Jeff Green (17.6 points) was pulled from the starting lineup in anticipation of a probable trade to the Memphis Grizzlies.

But Boston regrouped after a slow start, getting a game-best 23 points from Bradley. Center Roy Hibbert led Indiana (15-23) with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.

Wizards 102, Bulls 86

WASHINGTON — John Wall claimed his first head-to-head victory over fellow star guard Derrick Rose and the Washington Wizards largely maintained control after taking a 20-point lead in the first quarter.

Center Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Wall finished with 16 points and 12 assists for the Wizards (25-11), who moved ahead of the Bulls (25-12) and into second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Washington’s starting five dominated its counterparts throughout and fought off multiple attempted rallies after halftime for the Wizards’ third straight win. Guard Bradley Beal scored 17 points and forward Nene had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Rose scored 19 points for the Bulls in their second straight loss after winning 10 of 11.

76ers 90, Nets 88

NEW YORK — Center Nerlens Noel had the tiebreaking dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point deficit to get the victory.

Noel finished with 12 points and his biggest play capped an impressive comeback for the 76ers, who improved to 6-29.

After Brooklyn center Brook Lopez hit a 13-footer with 25.3 seconds left for an 88-88 tie, point guard Michael Carter-Williams drove by guard Jarrett Jack and forward Mason Plumlee unimpeded to the baseline and found Noel for the dramatic dunk.

Lopez, who had 18 points, missed a long jumper in the final seconds.

The Nets, who lost their fourth straight, led 68-55 with 2:20 left in the third quarter.

Pelicans 106, Grizzlies 95

NEW ORLEANS — Guard Jrue Holiday had 23 points and eight assists and led five players in double figures to lift the Pelicans to victory.

The Pelicans (18-18) snapped a two-game losing streak and got balanced scoring. In addition to Holiday, guard Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and forwards Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson had 20 each.

The Grizzlies (25-10) were paced by center Marc Gasol and guard Mike Conley with 19 points each. Forward Tayshaun Prince, the subject of trade rumors before the game, missed his first five shots from the field and scored six points in 25 minutes.

Thunder 99, Jazz 94

OKLAHOMA CITY — Forward Kevin Durant scored 32 points to help the Thunder end a two-game losing streak.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook posted 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along with 12 assists. Guard Dion Waiters, recently acquired from Cleveland, added 15 points off the bench.

Utah guard Gordon Hayward paced the Jazz with 27 points, while forward Derrick Favors added 22 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Trey Burke scored 20 points in the loss.

Durant tied the game at 90-90 with a one-legged jumper with 3:18 left in the quarter, and Durant scored again to give the Thunder its first lead since the first half.

A steal by Westbrook led to dunk by Waiters and put the Thunder up 94-91.

Bucks 98, Timberwolves 84

MILWAUKEE — Point guard Brandon Knight scored 14 points as the Bucks snapped a four-game home losing streak.

Knight hit 5 of 10 shots and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to lead a Milwaukee offense that got 12 points each from guard O.J. Mayo and forward John Henson.

Guard Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 20 points on 6-for-17 shooting, and he also had seven rebounds and five assists. He has scored 20 or more in six straight games, a rookie franchise record, but Minnesota shot only 39 percent.

Forward Kenyon Martin got his first action since Feb. 1, 2014. He entered in the fourth quarter and made all three of his field-goal attempts to finish with six points.

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