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Johnson keys Hawks win

GREAT START The Hawks' guard had his best game so far this season and Atlanta moved three full games over .500 for the first time in 7 1/2 years by beating Toronto


Joe Johnson scored a season-high 34 points and Josh Smith had a career-best 29 to lead the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks to a 111-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Atlanta (4-1) moved three games over .500 for the first time in 7 1/2 years. The Hawks have had seven consecutive losing seasons and never recovered after starting last season 0-9.

But Johnson is off to one of the best starts in the NBA right now. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and finished 12-for-20 in the game against Toronto.

Chris Bosh had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Raptors.

Nuggets 108, 76ers 101

At Philadelphia, Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points, Andre Miller added 18 and Marcus Camby had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lift Denver past Philadelphia for its first victory. The Nuggets (1-3) had been the NBA's only winless team.

Wizards 116, Bucks 111

At Washington, Gilbert Arenas scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, and Washington overcame an 11-point deficit in the final period. Arenas also had 11 assists and scored the last six points for the Wizards.

SuperSonics 99, Bobcats 85

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Ray Allen scored 26 points and Rashard Lewis added 19 of his 21 in the second half to lead Seattle over Charlotte, spoiling Adam Morrison's first NBA start. Lewis scored 11 points in the third quarter, when the Sonics outscored the Bobcats 35-19 to erase a four-point deficit.

Pacers 93, Magic 83

At Indianapolis, Al Harrington tied a season high with 32 points to lead Indiana over Orlando. Danny Granger scored 18 points and Jermaine O'Neal added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Jazz 107, Celtics 100

At Boston, Deron Williams had 26 points and 14 assists, Carlos Boozer added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Utah beat Boston for the first time in nearly three years. Mehmet Okur added 23 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Celtics.

Heat 113, Nets 106

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, Udonis Haslem added a career-high 28 and Miami pulled away from New Jersey in the fourth quarter.

Rockets 103, Knicks 94

At Houston, Yao Ming scored 35 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and matched a career high with seven blocks as the Rockets beat New York for the fourth straight time.

Trail Blazers 92, Hornets 91

At Portland, Oregon, Zach Randolph had 31 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 2.4 seconds left, and Portland rallied from a 27-point deficit to shock New Orleans.

Pistons 97, Lakers 83

At Los Angeles, Tayshaun Prince tied a career high with 31 points, Chauncey Billups added 21 and Detroit led virtually the entire game in beating the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 19 points.

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