Mike Bibby scored 24 points and Marvin Williams hit the clinching free throws as the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 11-game winning streak with a 97-92 victory in the NBA on Saturday.
LeBron James had 33 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to take a 70-68 lead early in the fourth on Mo Williams’ layup.
Williams finished with 26 points for the Cavaliers, who were trying for the first 12-game winning streak in franchise history, having won 11 in a row four times.
76ers 104, Wizards 89
At Philadelphia, Elton Brand scored a season-high 27 points, leading Philadelphia over struggling Washington in Tony DiLeo’s coaching debut. Lou Williams added 15 points, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala each had 14, and Willie Green scored 13 for the Sixers.
Maurice Cheeks didn’t receive that range of effort on a consistent basis and was fired earlier on Saturday as coach of the Sixers, who were slumping badly a season after making the playoffs.
DiLeo, the team’s assistant general manager, was appointed coach for rest of the season.
Antawn Jamison scored 17 points and Mike James and DeShawn Stevenson added 16 apiece for the last-place Wizards, who are 1-8 on the road.
Pistons 90, Bobcats 86
At Charlotte, North Carolina, Allen Iverson scored 20 points and Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 10.4 seconds left to avoid an embarrassing collapse as Detroit held off new-look Charlotte.
Richard Hamilton added 18 points, while Rodney Stuckey had 13 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who won their second straight game with their new, smaller lineup despite being outscored 30-12 in the fourth quarter.
Boris Diaw managed seven points and nine rebounds on 3-of-10 shooting in the Bobcats’ sixth straight loss. Raja Bell had four points and missed seven of nine shots in the duo’s Charlotte debuts, three days after they were acquired from Phoenix for Bobcats top scorer Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley.
Magic 103, Jazz 94
At Salt Lake City, Rashard Lewis scored 27 points as Orlando beat Utah despite playing without injured Dwight Howard for the first time.
Howard missed the first game of his career because of a left knee injury sustained in Friday’s loss at Phoenix. He had played in all 351 games since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2004.
Orlando (18-6) also got 23 points from Hedo Turkoglu to improve to 9-3 on the road this season.
Mavericks 103, Thunder 99
At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 46 points and Jason Terry added 28 as Dallas won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating Oklahoma City.
Jeff Green scored 25 points and Kevin Durant added 22, but none in the fourth quarter. Rookie Russell Westbrook chipped in with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who are 1-11 on the road.
Nuggets 123, Warriors 105
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and nine rebounds and Chauncey Billups added 16 points and 11 assists as Denver beat Golden State.
Bulls 113, Nets 104
At Chicago, Ben Gordon scored 29 points and Derrick Rose had nine of his 22 in the fourth quarter to lead Chicago over New Jersey.
One night after going 0-for-13 against Toronto in the worst shooting performance of his career, Vince Carter bounced back with 39 points on 11-for-22 from the field.
Bucks 121, Pacers 103
At Milwaukee, Michael Redd scored 27 points and Andrew Bogut had 20 points and 20 rebounds as Milwaukee blew a 21-point, second-half lead before scoring the game’s final 19 points to beat Indiana.