Horford leads Hawks over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. – Al Horford had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks withstood a spirited Detroit rally Friday night, holding on for a 106-103 victory to extend their winning streak to seven games and stop the Pistons' run at seven.
The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks have won 21 of their past 23, and they handed Detroit its first loss since the Pistons waived Josh Smith last month. But after trailing by 23 in the second quarter, Detroit rallied and had a chance to tie when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Caldwell-Pope scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Pistons went 13 of 43 from three-point range on a night when standout big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond were a combined seven of 20 from the field.
Paul Millsap scored 17 points for the Hawks, who had six players in double figures.
•PACERS EDGE CELTICS IN OT: Roy Hibbert scored 19 points, C.J. Miles added 17 and the Pacers held off the Celtics 107-103 in overtime. The Pacers (15-23) have won four of six. Short-handed Boston (12-22) was led by Avery Bradley with 23 points, but the Celtics played without leading scorer Jeff Green as rumors swirled that he could be headed to Memphis in a trade. Minutes before tip-off, Boston announced it had sent Brandan Wright to Phoenix.
•SIXERS WIN SIXTH: Nerlens Noel dunked with three seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers to a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets for their sixth victory.
•GREEN LEADS SPURS: Danny Green had 20 points and the Spurs fought through the second half without their Big Three, who rested, before rallying to beat the Suns 100-95.
•PELICANS HANDLE GRIZZLIES: Tyreke Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Pelicans beat the Grizzlies 106-95. The Grizzlies lost their second consecutive despite the return of power forward Zach Randolph from right knee soreness that sidelined him for nine games.
•WALL, WIZARDS TOP BULLS: John Wall finally beat Derrick Rose head-to-head, as the Wizards took a 20-point first-quarter lead and held on for a 102-86 win over the Bulls. Wall finished with 16 points and 12 assists.