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NBA: Josh Smith helps Hawks knock off Magic


Josh Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Mike Bibby made a critical 3-pointer in the final minute as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 80-74 on Monday.

Al Horford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, winners of six of seven. Jamal Crawford had 15 points and Bibby finished with 13.

Vince Carter led the Magic with 18 points. Dwight Howard, back after missing two games with a stomach virus, contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.


In Indianapolis, Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points and Danny Granger had 21 as Indiana put seven players in double figures to beat Toronto.

Rush, a reserve, was 10-for-18 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Indiana shot 55 percent overall, led by a 13-for-26 effort from behind the arc.

Granger also contributed nine rebounds and five assists in the Pacers’ second-highest scoring -effort of the season.

Jose Calderon scored 21 points and Amir Johnson added 15 for the Raptors. Andrea Bargnani, who entered the game averaging 20.7 points, was held to 12 on 5-for-11 shooting.


In Milwaukee, Dwyane Wade had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds back in the city where his career took off as the Miami Heat beat the Bucks 88-78 for their fifth straight win.

LeBron James added 17 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Miami used a 17-2 run in the first half to take control, then weathered a late scoring drought before James, Wade and Bosh hit clutch shots in the closing minutes.

Corey Maggette scored 20 points for the Bucks, while Andrew Bogut finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.


In New York, Amar’e Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead surging New York past Minnesota for their fifth straight victory.

Wilson Chandler added 21 points and Raymond Felton had 18 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games and improved to 13-9, the first time they’ve been four games over .500 since finishing the 2000-2001 -season with a 48-34 record.

Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who duplicated the sizzling start they had in a victory over Cleveland on Saturday but didn’t have the defense to make it stand up.

Michael Beasley, who missed that victory with a sprained ankle, returned and scored 25.


In Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 13 of his 29 points in Chicago’s big third quarter, leading the Bulls to the victory.

Luol Deng added 19 points for Chicago, which outscored the Thunder 29-18 in the pivotal third.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points. Nenad Krstic added 18 points.

Boozer got a big free-agent deal from Chicago in the offseason, but missed the team’s first 15 games with a broken right hand.

He appears to be gaining confidence since he returned in last Wednesday’s 107-78 loss to Orlando, scoring five, 12 and 25 points in his first three outings.

Boozer and Joakim Noah had 12 boards apiece as Chicago outrebounded the Thunder 52-39 and enjoyed a 19-11 edge in second-chance points.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Jazz 94, Grizzlies 85

‧ Clippers 98, Kings 91

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