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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

Johnson leads way as Hawks rally past Blazers for fifth straight win

ATLANTA (AP) Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks feel they can beat anyone right now, even the NBA's top teams.

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Ready to launch: Portland's Rudy Fernandez puts up a jumper over Atlanta's Jamal Crawford in overtime on Monday night. The Hawks beat the Blazers 99-95. AP PHOTO

Johnson scored eight of his 35 points in overtime and the Hawks solved Portland's defense in time to beat the Trail Blazers 99-95 on Monday night.

The Hawks, who won at Portland on Nov. 3, swept the season series for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Josh Smith had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Atlanta, which extended its winning streak to five with the victory in the matchup of division leaders. The Hawks' streak also includes a victory at Boston.

"The last two years being in the playoffs has put this team in a totally different light," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "Now when they go on the court, they know they have a chance to win. . . . It's kind of nice sitting on the top of the division."

The Hawks snapped Portland's six-game winning streak by rallying from deficits of 12 points in the third quarter and nine points, 67-58, at the start of the fourth.

Mavs 115, Bucks 113 (OT)

In Milwaukee, Dirk Nowitzki hit a fallaway 6-meter jumper as time expired in overtime to give Dallas a win over the Bucks.

Nowitzki finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings had 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his first game since scoring 55 against the Warriors on Saturday.

Magic 97, Bobcats 91

In Orlando, Rashard Lewis had 10 points in his first game back from a suspension, leading the Magic past Charlotte.

Iverson moving on

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) The Allen Iverson experiment with the Memphis Grizzlies is over.

Memphis announced Monday that the team has ended its one-year contract with the 10-time All-Star and former league MVP in what it called a mutual agreement. Iverson, 34, began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue after playing only three games with the Grizzlies, all in California.

"Because of personal matters that forced him to leave the team on Nov. 7, Allen will step away from the game at this time, allowing him to focus on those matters," general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. "As a result, we will be ending our contractual agreement with Allen, which will allow both parties to move forward. We wish Allen the best."

The Grizzlies will waive Iverson but the team had not done that as of Monday night.

Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone. Iverson, who announced he was headed to Memphis on his Twitter account, hasn't posted any updates there since Nov. 2 when he played his first game with the Grizzlies.

Memphis owner Michael Heisley told the AP last week he would be happy to trade Iverson to another team if a better deal came along.

Jackson traded

ORLANDO , Fla. (AP) The Warriors found a home for disgruntled swingman Stephen Jackson on Monday, sending him to the Bobcats in a four-player deal that pairs him with coach Larry Brown.

The Bobcats traded shooting guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the Warriors for Jackson and guard Acie Law.

With managing partner Michael Jordan signing off on the deal, Charlotte takes on Jackson's contract, which has three years and $28 million left after this season. Golden State inherits Radmanovic's deal, worth about $13.5 million over this season and next. Bell and Law are in the final year of their contracts.

The 203-cm Jackson gives Charlotte, the NBA's lowest-scoring team at 82.4 points a game, an immediate offensive boost. He's averaging 16.6 points in nine games this season, after averaging 20.7 points and 6.5 assists last season.



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