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Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009

Smith provides jolt for soaring Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Smith spent most of the fourth quarter cheering on his teammates from the bench.

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Intense defense: Orlando's Rashard Lewis goes up for a shot against Boston's Kevin Garnett on Friday night. The Magic beat the Celtics 83-78. AP PHOTO

He was on the court, though, for the biggest play of the game.

After sitting for all but 44 seconds of the final period because of foul trouble, Smith soared through the lane to drop in a missed shot with 0.7 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks won their seventh in a row, beating the Houston Rockets 105-103 Friday night to maintain the NBA's best record.

Marvin Williams scored a season-high 29 points, but it was Smith who came through at the end for the Hawks (11-2).

Atlanta improved to 7-0 at Philips Arena, its best start at home since 1997.

Magic 83, Celtics 78

In Boston, Vince Carter scored 26 points to lead Orlando to a win over the Celtics in a reprise of last season's NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.

Rashard Lewis had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Magic extended their winning streak to four.

Mavericks 104, Kings 102

In Dallas, Jason Terry scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lift the hosts over Sacramento.

The Mavericks got 52 points from the bench in winning their fifth straight.

Kings rookie Tyreke Evans had 29 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 10 assists.

Cavaliers 105, Pacers 95

In Indianapolis, LeBron James scored a season-high 40 points, and Cleveland rallied to beat the Pacers.

Raptors 120, Heat 113

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Raptors downed Miami to snap a three-game losing slide.

Heat star Dwyane Wade shook off a recent slump to score 30 points, but Miami was handed its third straight defeat.

Bucks 95, Bobcats 88

In Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 29 points to lead the hosts over Charlotte, with minority owner Michael Jordan on hand to witness his Bobcats drop their seventh straight.

Thunder 127, Wizards 108

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 35 points as the Thunder had their highest score of the season in beating Washington.

Grizzlies 102, 76ers 97

In Philadelphia, Rudy Gay tied his season high with 33 points, including a clutch jumper with 19 seconds remaining, as Memphis beat the Sixers.

Warriors 108, Blazers 94

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 34 points and had eight assists, Anthony Morrow added 23 points, and Golden State beat Portland.

Clippers 106, Nuggets 99

In Los Angeles, reserve forward Rasual Butler scored 27 points, Al Thornton added 18 and the Clippers withstood an early scoring barrage from Carmelo Anthony to beat Denver.

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