Dixon leads Wizards over Hawks
Washington, January 3:
Reserve guard Juan Dixon scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter to help Washington Wizards to a 104-101 NBA victory over Atlanta Hawks.
Larry Hughes led the Wizards with 26 points while Antawn Jamison added 19 and Gilbert Arenas 17 for Washington, which had lost its previous two games. Antoine Walker, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to pull Hawks to 102-101 with 3.1 seconds left. Jamison’s two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining sealed the victory.
In Los Angeles, Elton Brand had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Corey Maggette added 26 as the LA Clippers beat Philadelphia 76ers 89-83. Allen Iverson scored 35 points. Chris Kaman had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers.
In Auburn Hills, Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 12 rebounds to help Detroit Pistons beat Boston Celtics 100-88. Six Pistons scored in double figures, including Tayshaun Prince, who had 18 points. Tony Allen led Boston with career-best 18 points.
In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored a career-high 50 points, including nine straight during a decisive 12-2 Phoenix run early in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix Suns beat Trail Blazers 117-98.
Stoudemire, who had 20 points in the final period, shot 20-of-27 from the field and 10-of-17 from the foul line in amassing the highest point total by a Phoenix player since Tony Delk scored 53 against Sacramento on February 2, 2001.
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points and Josh Howard scored 11 of his 25 in the fourth quarter to help Dallas Mavericks beat Milwaukee Bucks 123-104. Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in the first half, hit 14 of 25 shots from the floor. The Mavericks shot 53 per cent from the floor and equalled their season-high point total.