Atlanta Hawks edge Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double overtime
APATLANTA - Josh Smith scored 31 points and Al Horford added 22 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double overtime on Wednesday after blowing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead.
December 28, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored a combined 26 points in the final period of regulation to spark the Pistons' comeback and force overtime.
Atlanta has won two straight and eight of 12, while Detroit has lost seven of nine.
Bynum finished with 31 points, one less than his career high, and assisted on the last two baskets of regulation, when Andre Drummond's dunk cut the lead to two and Austin Daye's 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 101-100 lead with 4 seconds remaining.
Horford followed by making just one of two free throws for the Hawks, sending the game to the first overtime.
Jeff Teague hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 remaining in the second overtime to put Atlanta ahead for good.
The Denver Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 126-114 for their seventh straight win at home.
Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points, Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari added 19 points for Denver.
Bryant has scored at least 30 in 10 straight games, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lakers' five-game winning streak from being broken. Pau Gasol added 19 points for the Lakers and Steve Nash had 15 points in his third game back from injury.
The depleted New York Knicks edged the Phoenix Suns 99-97 when J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play.
Smith made a tough jumper from 15 feet to tie the game at 97 with 10.6 seconds left. Then, after the turnover, Jason Kidd inbounded to Smith, who got the shot off as he sailed out of bounds. Smith scored 27 and Kidd 23.
New York was without the NBA's No. 2 scorer Carmelo Anthony (hyperextended knee) and Raymond Felton (finger), both hurt in the Christmas day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.
The Miami Heat avoided a letdown a night after an emotional win over Oklahoma City, beating the lowly Charlotte Bobcats 105-92.
LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Dwyane Wade added 29 points and nine rebounds as the Heat handed the Bobcats their 16th straight loss.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted before the game he was worried about the energy Miami expended in its close win over the Thunder on Christmas and whether the Heat would be able to get up for a team that had lost 15 straight.
Kemba Walker had 27 points for the Bobcats, who haven't won since Nov. 24.
The Houston Rockets rallied to win their fifth straight, 87-84 over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Houston Rockets' Omer Asik, left, of Turkey, and Jeremy Lin, right, reach for the rebound as Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, center, watches in the first half of an NBA ...
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