By Tim Nielson: The Atlanta Hawks (33-42) shot 39.6% from the field to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers (31-46) by a 117-98 score on Friday night at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll scored 13 points. Forward Paul Milsap scored 16 points. Guard Jeff Teague scored 20 points with 12 rebounds. Lou Williams scored 16 points. Mike Scott scored 26 points.
Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters scored 23 points. Forward Luol Deng scored 13 points. Center Spencer Hawes scored 16 points with 10 rebounds. Guard Kyrie Irving scored 13 points with 7 rebounds.
Other NBA results:
The Toronto Raptors (44-32) defeated the Indiana Pacers (53-24) by a 102-94 score at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Raptors forward Terrence Ross scored 24 points. Center Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points with 9 rebounds. Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with 9 assists. Guard Greivis Vasquez scored 10 points. Nando De Colo scored 10 points.
Pacers forward Paul George scored 26 points with 6 rebounds. Forward Paul West scored 21 points with 7 rebounds. Center Roy Hibbert scored 12 points.
Playing at home, the Boston Celtics (23-53) were surprisingly beaten by the horrible Philadelphia 76ers (17-59) by a 111-102 score at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. 76ers forward Thaddeus Young scored 15 points with 8 rebounds. Center Henry Simms scored 24 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points. Elliot Williams scored 15 points.
Celtics forward Jeff Green scored 15 points. Forward Brandon Bass scored 12 points with 11 rebounds. Guard Jerryd Bayless scored 23 points. Guard Rajon Rondo had a triple double with 11 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds. Jared Sullinger scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Kelly Olynk scored 14 points with 6 rebounds. Chris Johnson scored 9 points.
The Charlotte Bobcats (38-38) defeated the Orlando Magic (21-55) by a 91-80 score at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bobcats center Al Jefferson scored 29 points with 16 rebounds. Guard Kemba Walker had a triple double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Gary Neal scored 12 points. Anthony Tolliver scored 13 points.
Magic forward Kyle O’Quinn scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Guard Jameer Nelson scored 11 points with 7 assists. Tobias Harris scored 15 points with 8 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 21 points with 6 rebounds.
The Washington Wizards (40-36) defeated the New York Knicks (33-44) in front of their own fans to knock them out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Wizards forward Trevor Ariza scored 10 points. Center Marcin Gortat scored 13 points with 10 rebounds. Guard Bradley Beal scored 28 points. Guard John Wall scored 19 points with 9 rebounds.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. Forward Amar’e Stoudemire scored 16 points. Center Tyson Chandler scored 6 points with 8 rebounds. Guard J.R. Smith scored 32 points.
The Brooklyn Nets (41-34) won their 14th straight home game in defeating the struggling Detroit Pistons (27-49) by a 116-104 score at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Nets hit 15 3-pointers in beating the Pistons. Nets forward Paul Pierce scored 17 points. Forward Joe Johnson scored 10 points. Guard Shaun Livingston scored 23 points with 6 assists. Guard Deron Williams had 10 assists with 8 points. Marcus Thorton scored 15 points. Mirza Teletovic scored 20 points. Andray Blatche scored 14 points.
Pistons forward Josh Smith scored 17 points. Forward Greg Monroe scored 6 points with 9 rebounds. Center Andre Drummond scored 23 points with 18 rebounds. Guard Kyle Singler scored 16 points. Guard Brandon Jennings scored 9 points. Rodney Stuckey scored 13 points. Jonas Jerebko scored 16 points.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (38-37) pulled off an upset in beating the red-hot Miami Heat (52-23) by a 122-121 in overtime at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer scored with a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to give them a 122-121 win. Brewer scored 12 points. Forward Kevin Love scored 28 points with 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Center Gorgui Dieng scored 15 points. Guard Ricky Rubio scored 13 points with 13 assists. Chase Bundinger scored 24 points. Ronny Hummel scored 6 points with 8 rebounds.
Heat forward Lebron James scored 34 points with 8 rebounds. Forward Udonis Haslem scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. Center Chris Bosh scored 24 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Mario Chalmers scored 24 points with 6 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 10 points.