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Rose, Bulls snap Hawks’ streak at six

JOE JOHNSON 40 points in loss JOE JOHNSON
40 points in loss
Associated Press / December 20, 2009

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Derrick Rose scored a career-high 32 points and the Bulls overcame a season-high 40 points from Joe Johnson to beat Atlanta, 101-98, in overtime last night in Chicago, snapping the Hawks’ six-game win streak.

Rose scored the tying basket in regulation, then hit two free throws with 10.8 seconds left in overtime to seal it, sending the Bulls to their second straight win.

The Hawks had a chance to tie it, but Johnson missed a 3-point attempt. Rose got the rebound and missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, but Chicago’s Joakim Noah blocked an outlet pass to secure the victory after Al Horford grabbed the rebound.

Spurs 100, Pacers 99 - Tim Duncan dunked over Roy Hibbert with 4.6 seconds left, giving coach Gregg Popovich his 700th career win in a thriller at San Antonio.

Duncan let out a roar after throwing down the last of his 19 points over Hibbert, who blocked Duncan’s first attempt. But the Spurs’ perennial All-Star grabbed the ball back and soared over Hibbert for the winning score.

T.J. Ford missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired for the Pacers, who blew a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Popovich is the 16th coach in NBA history to reach 700 wins and is among seven active coaches to hit the milestone.

Jazz 110, Bobcats 102 - Deron Williams had 23 points and 10 assists, Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Utah bounced back from a miserable performance a night earlier to beat Charlotte.

Boozer and Williams combined for 8 points and as many turnovers on 3-of-15 shooting before being benched in the third quarter with the rest of Utah’s starters in a blowout loss at Atlanta. It prompted Williams to apologize to Utah fans.

Williams came back energized, constantly beating Charlotte in transition, while Boozer dominated the inside as the Bobcats faded early in the fourth quarter.

Gerald Wallace had 30 points and 13 reboundsfor the Bobcats. Kings 96, Bucks 95 - Tyreke Evans made a reverse layup around Andrew Bogut with 0.9 seconds left, sending visiting Sacramento to victory over Milwaukee in a game that featured the league’s top two rookies.

Evans scored 24 points to top Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings, who had 15 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Jennings found Ersan Ilyasova under the basket for an easy bucket with five seconds left, giving the Bucks a 95-94 lead before Evans hit his winning shot.

Clippers 112, 76ers 107 - Chris Kaman scored 24 points, Baron Davis added 20, and visiting Los Angeles beat Philadelphia in overtime while a blizzard raged outside.

The Clippers blew a 16-point, third-quarter lead and nearly lost on Andre Iguodala’s jumper at the final buzzer. The shot was waved off after it was ruled Iguodala did not get it off in time.

Magic 92, Trail Blazers 83 - Dwight Howard had 12 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks to help host Orlando rally past Portland.

Lakers 103, Nets 84 - Kobe Bryant had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead visiting Los Angeles past New Jersey in a matchup of the league’s best and worst teams.

Rockets 95, Thunder 90 - Trevor Ariza scored 31 points and hit five 3-pointers, and host Houston nearly blew a 17-point, third-quarter lead before holding on to beat Oklahoma City.

Suns 121, Wizards 95 - Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Phoenix improved to 10-0 at home with a rout of Washington.

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