Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Josh Smith added 20 with 14 rebounds and the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards, 116-96, last night in Atlanta to snap a three-game losing streak.
Al Horford finished with 15 points and 13 boards for the Hawks, who won their 11th straight over Washington, which has lost seven of nine overall.
Gilbert Arenas scored 21 and Nick Young added 20 for the Wizards, who have yet to beat a team with a winning record this season and still seek their first road victory.
Washington rookie John Wall, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick, finished with 10 points, missing his first seven shots and failing to score until his runner made it 69-50 midway through the third quarter.
The game was all but decided after Arenas’s 3-pointer cut the lead to 8 with five minutes left in the second. Over the next 18 minutes, Washington was outscored 51-22.
Smith gave the Hawks a 21-point lead midway through the third with a lefthanded dunk. Atlanta coach Larry Drew called the play during a timeout, and Johnson responded with a perfectly placed alley-oop pass to Smith, who jumped past Wall for the jam near the right baseline.
Derrick Rose scored 35 points and hit numerous big shots, helping the road-weary Chicago Bulls rally from a 23-point, second-quarter deficit to beat the Suns, 123-115, in double overtime Wednesday night in Phoenix.
The score was tied at 101 after regulation following Rose’s two free throws with 14 seconds remaining. Rose, who also had 12 assists, tied the score at 111 with 0.1 seconds left in the first overtime on a reverse layup. He then scored the Bulls’ first 5 points in the second overtime, giving Chicago a 116-113 lead.
“We just kept fighting,’’ Rose said. “It wasn’t going our way, but we are the type of team that grinds and we are never going to stop. We knew we could come back on that team.’’