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Hawks upset Rockets in close game

Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard fouls Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap  on the block with Terrence Jones  in the first half  Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Atlanta.

ATLANTA - Kyle Korver scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 16 seconds, and the Atlanta Hawks fought off Houston's late comeback to beat the Rockets 83-30 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap also had 20 points for Atlanta.

James Harden led the Rockets with 25 points. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Houston rallied from an eight-point deficit with 11 straight points to lead 76-73 before Korver's three-pointer tied the game. Following a basket by Harden, DeMarre Carroll's 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 79-78 lead. The Hawks didn't trail again.

Mike Scott had 14 points for Atlanta, which earned its second straight impressive home win following a victory over Indiana on Wednesday night.

Aaron Brooks had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Jeremy Lin added 11 for Houston.

Mavs 107, Pelicans 90

NEW ORLEANS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Monta Ellis added 23, and the Dallas Mavericks sent the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans to their fourth straight loss, 107-90, on Friday night.

Vince Carter added 14 points and Jae Crowder 12 for Dallas, which never trailed. The Mavericks led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before cruising against a Pelicans squad minus starting point guard Jrue Holiday and leading scorer Ryan Anderson.

Holiday missed his first game with a stress fracture in his right shin. Anderson went down last week with a herniated disc.

Eric Gordon scored 27 points for New Orleans while Anthony Davis added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

That wasn't nearly enough to keep pace with the Mavs, who hit 14 of 28 3-point shots.

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