Hawks slip past Magic
Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Orlando Magic 82-72 on Monday night.
Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for Atlanta, which has won two straight and three of four. Glen Davis was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points for the Magic, who have lost two straight and seven of eight.
Orlando seemed to have given itself a break by ending the first quarter with a rare lead. The Magic had trailed after the first 12 minutes in seven of their first nine games, but they were outscored 24-12 in the third and were down 14 entering the fourth.
Indiana 96, Washington 89: There were boos early and at the end for the winless Washington Wizards, who dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a 96-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana’s David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Still without point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and starting center Nene and no one seems to be sure when either injured player will make his season debut the Wizards are the only team in the NBA without a victory. They started 0-8 a year ago, the club’s previous worst opening to a season.
Charlotte 102, Milwaukee 98: Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the game, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-98.
The Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter but battled back, going 16 of 16 from the free throw line down the stretch. Sessions’ two free throws after Monta Ellis missed a 3-point attempt sent the Bucks to their first road loss of the season and lifted the surprising Bobcats (5-4) back above .500.
Irving to miss month: Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least one month with a broken finger. The NBA’s reigning rookie of the year fractured his left index finger Saturday against Dallas. The team initially said the finger was only bruised and he played against Philadelphia on Sunday, scoring a season-low 9 points as Cleveland dropped its sixth straight game. The Cavs said tests on Irving’s finger revealed a non-displaced fracture. He will be out a month and re-evaluated in two weeks.
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