ORLANDO, Fla. — Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby made a critical 3-pointer in the final minute and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 80-74 on Monday night.
Al Horford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, winners of six of their last seven games. Jamal Crawford had 15 points and Bibby finished with 13.
Vince Carter led the Magic with 18 points. Dwight Howard, back after missing two games with a stomach virus, contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Orlando, which trailed by nine in the fourth, closed to 73-70 on Carter's three-point play with 40 seconds left. Bibby responded with a 3-pointer over Chris Duhon with 26.1 seconds remaining to help seal the victory.
KNICKS 121, TIMBERWOLVES 114: At New York, Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the surging Knicks to their fifth straight victory. Wilson Chandler added 21 points and Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9, the first time they've been four games over .500 since finishing the 2000-01 season with a 48-34 record. The key has been Stoudemire, who has surpassed 30 points in every game during the winning streak, the first Knicks player with five straight 30-point games since Stephon Marbury from Feb. 4-11, 2005. Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who duplicated the sizzling start they had in a victory over Cleveland on Saturday but didn't have the defense to make it stand up. Michael Beasley, who missed that victory with a sprained ankle, returned and scored 25.
PACERS 124, RAPTORS 100: At Indianapolis, Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points, Danny Granger had 21 and the Pacers put seven players in double figures. Rush, a reserve, was 10-for-18 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Indiana shot 55 percent overall, led by a 13-for-26 effort from behind the arc. Granger also contributed nine rebounds and five assists in the Pacers' second-highest scoring effort of the season. Jose Calderon scored 21 points and Amir Johnson added 15 for the Raptors, who had won six of nine. Andrea Bargnani, who entered the game averaging 20.7 points, was held to 12 on 5-for-11 shooting.
BULLS 99, THUNDER 90: At Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 13 of his 29 points in Chicago's big third quarter, leading the Bulls to the victory. Luol Deng added 19 points for Chicago, which outscored the Thunder 29-18 in the pivotal third. Derrick Rose had 11 points and nine assists, but shot 3 for 13 from the field. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points. Nenad Krstic added 18 points. Boozer got a big free-agent deal from Chicago in the offseason, but missed the team's first 15 games with a broken right hand. He appears to be gaining confidence since he returned in Wednesday night's 107-78 loss to Orlando, scoring five, 12 and 25 points in his first three outings. Boozer and Joakim Noah had 12 boards apiece as Chicago outrebounded the Thunder 52-39 and enjoyed a 19-11 edge in second-chance points.
HEAT 88, BUCKS 78: At Milwaukee, Dwyane Wade had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds back in the city where his career took off and the Heat beat the Bucks for their fifth straight win. LeBron James added 17 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Miami used a 17-2 run in the first half to take control, then weathered a late scoring drought before James, Wade and Bosh hit clutch shots in the closing minutes. Corey Maggette scored 20 points for the Bucks, but Milwaukee can't seem to figure out any team with James on the roster. Since coach Scott Skiles and general manager John Hammond took over the organization, they are 0-8 against James' teams, only winning once when James did not play with the Cavaliers. Andrew Bogut finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee.
CLIPPERS 96, KINGS 91: At Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 29 points and Blake Griffin had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to stop Sacramento.
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