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Hawks End 2 Losing Streaks

Associated Press
Saturday, March 12, 2005; Page D06

Tyronn Lue had a season-high 29 points and Al Harrington scored 28 as the Atlanta Hawks ended their 23-game road losing streak with a 116-112 overtime victory over the Raptors last night in Toronto.

The Hawks, the NBA's worst team, also ended their 13-game overall losing streak.


Allen Iverson has 25 points to lead the 76ers past the Bobcats, 112-80. Chris Webber had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Philadelphia. (George Widman -- AP)

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Lue and Harrington combined for 14 of Atlanta's 15 points in overtime to lead Atlanta to its first win since Feb. 7 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hawks, who had not won on the road since Dec. 10 against Detroit, are 3-30 away from home.

"Twenty-three and 13 is a lot of losses," Harrington said. "Guys can start to believe they can't win. This is huge for us."

The Raptors had a chance to ice the game late in the fourth quarter, but Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston missed crucial free throws.

Coach Sam Mitchell was furious and said the Raptors are not good enough to take a team lightly.

"We're 10 games under .500 -- duh," Mitchell said.

CELTICS 115, PISTONS 113: Paul Pierce scored 38 points, hit the game-winning jumper with 23 seconds left and deflected Tayshaun Prince's three-point attempt on the Pistons' last possession as host Boston defeated Detroit in double overtime.

The Celtics gained their sixth win in seven games since trading for Antoine Walker and maintained a three-game lead over Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead.

Boston had chances to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but Pierce missed a 15-footer as time expired in regulation, and Ricky Davis, who finished with 23 points, misfired on a turnaround jumper at the buzzer in the first overtime.

Pierce, who also had 12 rebounds, sank the winning shot over Rasheed Wallace in the second overtime and then got a piece of Prince's shot with six seconds left.

ROCKETS 127, SUNS 107: Tracy McGrady scored 38 points and Yao Ming had 27 and a career-high 22 rebounds, helping visiting Houston rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit.

The victory was the third straight for the Rockets over an elite Western Conference team following wins over Dallas and Seattle in their two previous games.

MAVERICKS 112, BUCKS 110: Dirk Nowitzki, in his second game back from a knee injury, had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead visiting Dallas.


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