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Pistons make Hawks work overtime for win

Lebron James drives to the hoop as Heat gave the Bobcats their 16th straight defeat.

ATLANTA – Josh Smith scored 31 points and Al Horford added 22 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double overtime last night after blowing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead in the Philips Arena.

Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored a combined 26 points in the final period of regulation to spark the Pistons’ comeback and force overtime.

Atlanta have won two straight and eight of 12, while Detroit have lost seven of nine.

Bynum finished with 31 points and assisted on the last two baskets of regulation, when Andre Drummond’s dunk cut the lead to two and Austin Daye’s three-pointer gave the Pistons a 101-100 lead with four seconds remaining.

Horford followed by making just one of two free throws for the Hawks, sending the game to the first overtime.Jeff Teague hit a three-pointer with 2:46 remaining in the second overtime to put Atlanta ahead for good.

The Miami Heat avoided a letdown a night after an emotional win over Oklahoma City, beating the lowly Charlotte Bobcats 105-92.

LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Dwyane Wade added 29 points and nine rebounds as the Heat handed the Bobcats their 16th straight loss.

The Denver Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 126-114 for their seventh straight win at home.

The Houston Rockets rallied for their fifth straight win, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 87-84 while San Antonio ended Toronto’s five-game winning streak with a 100-80 triumph.

The depleted New York Knicks edged the Phoenix Suns 99-97 when JR Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play.

Smith made a tough jumper from 15 feet to tie the game at 97-97 with 10.6 seconds left. Then, after the turnover, Jason Kidd inbounded to Smith, who was able to get the shot off as he sailed out of bounds. Smith scored 27 and Kidd 23.

In Milwaukee, the Bucks beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets for the 13th straight time, 108-93 while the Philadelphia 76ers ended a six-game road losing streak with a 99-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Golden State continued their surprising season with a 94-83 win over the Utah Jazz on the road and the Portland Trail Blazers avenged a loss at Sacramento on Sunday by beating the Kings on their home court 109-91.

Tristan Thompson’s three-point play with 24.4 seconds remaining gave Cleveland their first two-game winning streak of the season as the Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 87-84. Washington, which have lost eight straight, fell to a NBA-worst 3-23.

The New Orleans Hornets, with the NBA’s second-worst record, edged the Orlando Magic 97-94 to end an 11-game losing streak while the Chicago Bulls-Indiana Pacers game was postponed due to a winter storm in the Midwest.†††

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