Hawks over­come West­brook’s 46 to beat Thun­der

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Paul Mill­sap hit the go-ahead 10-footer with 12.7 sec­onds left as the At­lanta Hawks over­came Rus­sell West­brook’s 46 points to beat the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der 110-108 on Mon­day night. Af­ter Mill­sap’s shot, Thun­der cen­ter Steven Adams re­bounded a missed 3-pointer by West­brook and dunked it, but a re­view de­ter­mined that the bas­ket came just af­ter time ex­pired. West­brook, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer with more than 30 points per game, also had 11 re­bounds and seven as­sists. Den­nis Schroder scored 31 points and Mill­sap added a sea­son­high 30 for the Hawks, who won de­spite cen­ter Dwight Howard miss­ing the game with tight­ness in his lower back. Jerami Grant scored a sea­son­high 15 points, and An­dre Rober­son matched a sea­son high with 14 points for the Thun­der.


Jimmy But­ler scored 19 points while Ra­jon Rondo had 10 points, 14 as­sists and eight re­bounds as Chicago beat Detroit to snap a three­game los­ing streak. Taj Gib­son added 16 points, Robin Lopez had 14 and Dwyane Wade, Doug McDer­mott and Nikola Mirotic had 13 apiece for Chicago, which had lost six of eight. Jon Leuer scored 16 points for the Pis­tons, who have dropped three straight and four of five. Af­ter scor­ing just 69 points in a 26-point loss on Fri­day, the Bulls busted out for 69 points in the first two quar­ters, their best for any half this sea­son.


Thaddeus Young made a run­ner with 0.9 sec­onds left to give In­di­ana a vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton. Paul Ge­orge scored 27 points and Jeff Teague had 23, but the Pac­ers needed the last of Young’s 12 points af­ter the Wizards scored seven straight to tie it. With 4.6 sec­onds re­main­ing, Young took the in­bound pass at the top of the key, squared up his de­fender, Marki­eff Mor­ris, then drove and put up his run­ner from the left side. Bradley Beal missed a po­ten­tial win­ning 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 22 points. Marcin Gor­tat fin­ished with 21 points and 13 re­bounds, John Wall added 19 points and 10 as­sists, and Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed nine re­bounds.


Karl-An­thony Towns had 28 points and 15 re­bounds as Min­nesota beat Phoenix. An­drew Wig­gins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Tim­ber­wolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 as­sists and Min­nesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17. Eric Bled­soe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Bran­don Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shoot­ing for Phoenix.


Nikola Jo­kic had 27 points and 15 re­bounds while Gary Har­ris scored a ca­reer-high 24 points as Den­ver beat Dal­las. Jo­kic fin­ished an as­sist shy of his first ca­reer triple-dou­ble and tied his ca­reer high in points to help the Nuggets win their third straight game. Em­manuel Mu­diay scored 18 points. Deron Wil­liams led Dal­las with 23 points and eight as­sists. Den­ver’s of­fen­sive surge started af­ter its 20-point loss in Dal­las on Dec. 12. Coach Michael Malone shook up his start­ing lineup and the Nuggets have re­sponded by scor­ing 30 or more points in eight of the last 12 quar­ters and are av­er­ag­ing 125.3 points since the change. — AP

OK­LA­HOMA CITY: Ok­la­homa City Thun­der guard Rus­sell West­brook, cen­ter, shoots be­tween, from left, At­lanta Hawks guard Den­nis Schroder, for­ward Kent Bazemore (24), guard Kyle Korver (26) and for­ward Paul Mill­sap in the fourth quar­ter of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Ok­la­homa City, Mon­day. At­lanta won 110-108. — AP

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