Hawks erase 15-point deficit to beat Jazz
ATLANTA –Devin Harris scored a season-high 24 points, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 15 points down in the second half Friday night to defeat the Utah Jazz, 103-95.
Randy Foye had 25 points to lead Utah, which had won four of five but was denied its first back-to-back road wins of the season. Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Milsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz.
The Hawks, who trailed 75-60 in the third quarter, played from behind before taking their first lead of the second half on consecutive baskets by Al Horford. The second basket by Horford, set up by Josh Smith’s pass, gave Atlanta a 94-92 lead with 2:44 remaining.
Jefferson answered with a tying basket before Ivan Johnson scored on a fast break to give the lead back to Atlanta. Utah’s Jamaal Tinsley made one of two free throws to leave the Hawks’ lead at 96-95. Josh Smith’s short jumper and Lou Williams’ 3-pointer padded the lead.
Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98 (OT): At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay hit a pullup jumper from 14 feet with 27.8 seconds left, and Memphis held off San Antonio in overtime for its fourth straight victory and the first over its Southwest Division rival since the 2011 playoffs.
Gay led Memphis with 23 points, and Mike Conley had 21 points and five assists
San Antonio had won five straight in the series since the Grizzlies upset the then-No. 1 seed in the opening round in 2011. The Spurs also had a 2½-game divisional lead on Memphis coming into this game – with the Grizzlies having played five fewer games – and the teams played at postseason intensity despite the calendar.
Pistons 103, Bucks 87: At Milwaukee, Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Knight scored 20 points, and Detroit handed Milwaukee interim coach Jim Boylan his first loss.
Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih had 15 points for Milwaukee.
Boylan, who took over for the fired Scott Skiles earlier this week, had won his first two games – against Phoenix on Tuesday and the Bulls on Wednesday.
Hornets 104, Timberwolves 92: At New Orleans, Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead New Orleans to its fourth straight win.
Celtics 103, Rockets 91: At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half, and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and four blocks as Boston nearly blew a 17-point lead before pulling away late.
Nets 99, Suns 79: At New York, Joe Johnson scored 19 points, and MarShon Brooks added 17 points off the bench as Brooklyn won its fifth straight.
The Nets have won three straight games by 20 or more points for the first time in the team’s NBA history.
Raptors 99, Bobcats 78: At Toronto, Alan Anderson scored 16 points against his former team, Jose Calderon had 15 and Toronto won for the 10th time in 13 games.