Hawks outlast Bulls
Mike Bibby scored 9 of his season-high 31 points in the final five minutes, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Bulls, 105-102, in Chicago last night to complete a three-game sweep.
Solid throughout the night, Bibby came up big in the end to lift the Hawks to their second win in as many nights.
The Bulls were leading, 94-93, after Derrick Rose drove for a layup, but Bibby buried a jumper over Joakim Noah to start a decisive 7-0 spurt. Flip Murray then converted a layup on a two-on-one after Chicago's Luol Deng hit the side of the backboard on a drive, and Bibby finished it with a 3-pointer that made it 100-94 with just under four minutes left.
Bibby also came up with a key steal with 40 seconds left when he picked off a pass intended for Ben Gordon near midcourt, knocking him to the ground. The crowd booed the non-call and Bibby hit a jumper to make it 104-98.
Zaza Pachulia scored a season-high 18 points for the Kings. Josh Smith added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Joe Johnson scored 16 for the Hawks, who have struggled this month after enjoying their best December in 21 years. After winning 11 of 15 last month, Atlanta is 4-10 in January, in part because of injuries up front.
Jazz 112, Timberwolves 107 - Mehmet Okur scored 22 points and hit consecutive late 3-pointers to boost Utah past Minnesota for the Jazz's seventh straight home win.
Spurs 99, Pacers 81 - Tim Duncan scored 27 points and Manu Ginobili had 26 before host San Antonio sat its stars early in a lopsided win over Indiana.
Nuggets 118, Kings 99 - Linas Kleiza scored 27 points, Chauncey Billups had 22, and host Denver used strong second and third quarters to beat Sacramento.