Hawks beat Wizards despite Jamison's 25

The Baltimore Sun

Mike Bibby scored 23 points and Joe Johnson added 18 points and 10 assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the host Washington Wizards, 105-96, last night.

Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 25 points. Brendan Haywood had 16 points -- none in the final 23:20.

"We kind of went through the motions," Jamison said.

It was the Hawks' third straight win, moving them one-half game ahead of idle New Jersey for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks haven't made the playoffs since the 1998-99 season.

Washington, which had its three-game winning streak end, had won 12 of 15 games against the Hawks. The Wizards fell to 33-33.

Josh Smith had 17 points for Atlanta, which made 55.4 percent of its shots. Josh Childress scored 16 points and rookie center Al Horford added 12 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high six assists.

The Hawks never trailed in the first half, shooting 58.3 percent, but Haywood made two free throws at the start of the second to give the Wizards their first lead. This is just the second time this season that Atlanta has won two straight road games.

Magic 104, Cavaliers 90 -- Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 21 and Orlando beat visiting Cleveland. LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers.

Pacers 110, Knicks 98 -- Mike Dunleavy tied his career high with 36 points, as Indiana beat host New York.

Timberwolves 99, Clippers 90 -- Al Jefferson had his 48th double double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Ryan Gomes scored 19 points and Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles.

Grizzlies 98, Bobcats 80 -- Mike Miller had 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping Memphis end a four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Charlotte. Juan Carlos Navarro led the Grizzlies with 21 points.

Hornets 108, Bulls 97 -- Chris Paul scored a game-high 37 points to give New Orleans a come-from-behind win over visiting Chicago. Peja Stojakovic added 21 points for the Hornets, but he made only six of 19 three-point attempts.

Celtics 93, Spurs 91 -- Paul Pierce scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 21 and Boston beat host San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 32 points to lead the Spurs, who lost their season-high fourth straight.

Jazz 96, Raptors 79 -- Deron Williams scored 21 points and his backup, Ronnie Price, had 13 points and five assists as Utah tied a franchise record with their 19th straight home victory, a win over Toronto.

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Times the Pacers' Mike Dunleavy has scored 30 or more points. Indiana is 7-1 when he does.

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