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Hawks cling to third

Atlanta stays ahead of Boston

Associated Press / April 11, 2010

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One night after leading a victorious Atlanta squad in scoring and in the process connecting on a 4-point play, Hawks sixth man Jamal Crawford repeated his heroics across the board against the Washington Wizards last night.

Crawford scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, made his NBA-record 28th career 4-point play and started the decisive 11-0 run in the fourth quarter in Atlanta’s 105-95 victory over Washington.

“That’s my job, to come off [the bench] and figure out how to spark [the team], whether its myself scoring or setting up other guys scoring,’’ said Crawford, who led the Hawks the previous night against Toronto with 25 points.

Joe Johnson scored 20 points to help the Hawks remain in third place in the Eastern Conference. The win also snapped their six-game road losing streak and finished off their season sweep over the Wizards.

Atlanta is a game ahead of the Celtics.

Andray Blatche scored 24 points and Nick Young had 23 for the Wizards, who have lost nine straight overall against their Southeast Division rival.

Neither team led by more than 6 points through three quarters and the Hawks trailed, 76-71, with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter.

But Crawford scored the Hawks’ next 11 points, including a jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining in the quarter that tied it at 78, and he finished off his personal run with a 3-pointer early in the fourth.

After the Wizards tied it again at 83, Crawford made another 3-pointer, this one starting a decisive 11-0 run. His finishing touch was getting fouled on his fifth made 3-pointer. The free throw gave him the 4-point play and the Hawks a 103-90 lead.

Mavericks 126, Kings 108 — Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points to help visiting Dallas rout struggling Sacramento. The victory, combined with Denver’s loss to San Antonio, moved the Mavericks into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.

Jason Kidd had his second triple-double of the season and the 105th of his career, finishing 11 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Jason Terry scored 25 points for Dallas, which has won three straight.

Carl Landry scored 30 points, and Tyreke Evans had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Kings, who have lost 9 of 10 games.

Clippers 107, Warriors 104 — Chris Kaman had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Nowak hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:46 to play, as host Los Angeles snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Baron Davis had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists for Los Angeles before leaving early in the third quarter with a sprained right wrist.

Spurs 104, Nuggets 85 — Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting San Antonio spoiled the return of Denver’s Kenyon Martin, who was back in the starting lineup after missing 18 games because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

Bobcats 99, Pistons 95 — Larry Hughes scored 18 points and D.J. Augustin hit the go-ahead jumper with just over a minute left as host Charlotte used its depth to hold off Detroit.

76ers 120, Grizzlies 101 — Marreese Speights scored 22 points to help Philadelphia snap a six-game losing streak with a victory in Memphis.

Pacers 115, Nets 102 — Troy Murphy had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Indiana over New Jersey in Indianapolis.

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