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Spurs beat Hawks in NBA
21:26 AEST Sun Jan 20 2013

Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists as the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 on Saturday night for their fourth straight NBA victory.

Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs, who gave forward Tim Duncan the night off.

The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee.

Williams was hurt on Friday at Brooklyn and the tear was found when Williams was examined on Saturday.

"We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery," Hawks general manager Danny Ferry said.

Then the Hawks lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 21 points.

Kyle Korver, who started at shooting guard, had 19 points.

In Chicago, Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 in overtime.

Memphis scored the first six points of the extra period, Gasol's putback making it 82-76.

The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler's layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.

At Salt Lake City, Randy Foye scored 20 points, Derrick Favors had a season-high 19 and the Utah Jazz beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-98.

Utah used a 31-point third quarter to take a 16-point lead into the fourth which they never relinquished as they scored their fifth win in six games.

Also on Saturday, Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench as the Sacramento Kings held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-93 for their third win in four games and the L.A. Clippers edged out the Washington Wizards 94-87 to maintain its lead in the Pacific Division.

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the slumping Houston Rockets 92-79 and the Milwaukee Bucks held on against the rallying Portland Trailblazers 110-104.


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