Hawks win five on the trot

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The Atlanta Hawks beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-87 for their fifth straight win on Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Center Al Horford scored 21 points and guard Dennis Schroder had 20 points as the Hawks defeated the Nets for the sixth straight time in the regular season.

For the Hawks, guard Jeff Teague added 16 points and six assists and for the Nets, Brook Lopez had 27 points and 11 rebounds.

In the fourth quarter, the Hawks pulled away with 29 points forcing the Nets into some costly turnovers.

In Washington, the Wizards got past the San Antonio Spurs 102-99, Bradley Beal scored 25 points, including the winning three-pointer with 0.3 of a second remaining.

John Wall got 17 points and 13 assists and Otto Porter had 19 points for the Wizards.

In Cleveland, the Cavaliers beat the Knicks 96-86 with LeBron James starting slowly but by the fourth quarter he was on fire.

The Cavs' forward scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds after they were training by 15 at one stage.

In the second quarter, James had a four of 11 shooting half. He was two of six in the first quarter. 

He was not much better in the second half, shooting five of 12, but he took over the game in the fourth quarter.

In Milwaukee, the Bucks downed the 76ers 91-87 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with Khris Middleton hitting a three-pointer with 48.4 seconds left to lock down a Milwaukee win.

In good form for Milwaukee was Middleton who scored 21 points and Greg Monroe got 18 with six points coming in the final six minutes through eight rebounds.

For the 76ers, Jahlil Okafor scored 21 and Nerlens Noel got 17 while Nik Stauskas got 14 points.

In Indianapolis, the Pacers won a tight one against Celtics 100-98 at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse with Monta Ellis making two free throws with 13.7 seconds remaining.

Avery Bradley missed a three-pointer in final possession while closely guarded by Paul George that would have won it for Boston.

In a fourth-quarter comeback, George scored 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hill added 16 points.

In Oklahoma City, the Raptors got past the Thunder 103-98 Chesapeake Energy Arena with Demar ReRozan leading Toronto to victory with 28 points.

DeRozan scored 7 from 18 shots and five rebounds and three assists. Kyle Lowry got 17 points along with Jonas Valanciunas who added 11 rebounds.

This was Oklahoma’s second straight loss despite Russell Westbrook scoring 22 points and Kevin Durant getting 27 points.