NBA Wrap: Hawks outlast Celtics in 2OT

NBA Wrap: Hawks outlast Celtics in 2OT
January 26, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Sixers had the night off on Friday and return to floor on Saturday when they host the Knicks at 7 p.m.

Veteran guard Jason Richardson will not play for the third straight game as he continues to be bothered by a sore knee. His absence will place even more of a burden on the already fatigued Jrue Holiday to lead the Sixers' offense.

In the frontcourt, the Sixers obviously remain without Andrew Bynum, aren't getting much from Kwame Brown and are considering replacing Lavoy Allen with Spencer Hawes in the starting lineup.

While Doug Collins reworks his rotation, you can check out the rest of the night in the NBA:

Hawks beat Celtics in double overtime
ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver scored 27 points and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 27-point deficit in the first half to beat Boston 123-111 in double-overtime on Friday night, handing the Celtics their sixth straight loss.

Jeff Teague had 23 points for Atlanta before fouling out in the first overtime. Al Horford had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Josh Smith, who opened the second overtime with a three-point play, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds but fouled out in the second overtime as the Celtics were left with their longest losing streak in six years. Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his fifth triple-double of the season.

Korver had all of his career-high eight 3-pointers in the second half, setting a franchise record, and five in the fourth quarter (see full recap).

Kyrie goes for 35 in Cavs' win
CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving knows how to celebrate good news.

A little over 24 hours after being selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team in Houston, the Cavaliers' dynamic point guard put on a show.

Irving scored 35 points and Cleveland rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-108 on Friday night.

The reigning rookie of the year scored 24 points in the second half, including 16 in the third when the Cavaliers got back in the game. Irving added eight points in the final 4:01 as Cleveland posted back-to-back wins for only the second time this season (see full recap).

Wizards move out of the cellar
WASHINGTON -- At the midpoint of their season, and with John Wall back in the starting lineup, the Washington Wizards finally lifted themselves off the bottom of the NBA.

Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and Washington finally hit double digits in wins Friday night with a 114-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wizards have won four straight at home and no longer have the league's worst record, their 10-31 record a half-game better than the Charlotte Bobcats' 10-32 (see full recap).

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