Hawks rout Bulls behind Horford

ATLANTA — Center Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and every Atlanta starter scored in double figures in a 92-75 win Saturday over Chicago on Saturday.

Atlanta native Lou Williams added 16 points in his first start of the season for the Hawks, who ended a two-game skid by outscoring the Bulls 61-33 over the second and third quarters.

Both teams played Friday, but only the Bulls looked tired.

Luol Deng paced Chicago with 11 points, but it couldn't build on its 110-106 victory at New York. Atlanta bounced back from a poor fourth quarter in a 99-80 loss at Philadelphia.

Williams started at shooting guard but began the second quarter at point in place of starter Jeff Teague. Williams had 11 points in the quarter and Horford, a former Gator, 10 as the Hawks outscored the Bulls 25-6 over the final 6:58.

The third quarter was much of the same as Atlanta built a 72-47 lead. The most interesting moment came when Bulls rookie guard Marquis Teague entered with 4:13 left to match up against his brother Jeff for the first time as a professional.

Marquis had eight points and three assists as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeux sat his starters during the final quarter.

It was the sixth time this season Horford reached at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. The league leader is Warriors forward David Lee with 11.

Game highlights: LeBron James scored 30 to lead the host Heat past the Jazz 105-89. Miami opened the second half with a 22-6 run to go up 69-49. … Charlie Villanueva scored 19 and Rodney Stuckey 18 as the visiting Pistons beat the Wizards 96-87 to take both games of a home-and-home. It's just the second time this season Detroit has won consecutive games.

Kings ban Cousins

The Kings suspended center DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

Cousins, averaging team highs of 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds, and coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room at halftime of Friday's 97-85 loss at the Clippers. Smart then ordered him to remain in the locker room.

"We're trying to set a standard here," Smart said. "And when guys move below that standard, things are going to take place."

Cousins, 22, was suspended one game by the league for striking the Mavs' O.J. Mayo in the groin Dec. 10 and two games for confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott after a Nov. 9 game. Last season, coach Paul Westphal was fired shortly after criticizing Cousins' commitment and excusing him for a game.

"What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room, but I was wrong," Cousins said. "I'm a player that definitely wants to win every night, and I'm an emotional player. But I shouldn't have responded back."

Nash returns: Lakers point guard Steve Nash started against the Warriors after missing 24 games with a small fracture in his lower left leg. Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Nash, 38, will have no minutes limit.

Around the league: The Mavs granted point guard Derek Fisher's request to be released. "My family is my priority," Fisher, 38, said. "I won't close the possibility that I will play again." … Knicks center Rasheed Wallace is out indefinitely with a stress reaction and chronic condition in his left foot. He already has missed four games. Also, Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire, out since offseason surgery on his left knee, will join the team on this week's road trip. … Timberwolves forward Kevin Love won't play today. He was poked in the left eye while getting a rebound Thursday. … Heat forward Chris Bosh sat out because of a cold. … Hornets guard Eric Gordon, out since offseason knee surgery, was cleared for contact.

Hawks 92, Bulls 75

CHICAGO (75): Deng 5-14 1-1 11, Boozer 2-6 4-4 8, Noah 5-9 0-0 10, Hinrich 3-11 0-0 7, Belinelli 2-5 0-0 4, Butler 4-5 0-0 9, Gibson 2-5 0-0 4, Robinson 3-8 1-1 9, M.Teague 4-8 0-2 8, Mohammed 1-3 0-0 2, Radmanovic 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 32-76 6-8 75.

ATLANTA (92): Korver 4-8 2-2 13, Smith 6-12 0-0 12, Horford 9-12 2-2 20, J.Teague 5-12 0-0 11, Williams 6-12 1-1 16, Morrow 3-7 1-1 7, Tolliver 0-1 1-2 1, Pachulia 2-6 2-2 6, Johnson 3-4 0-0 6, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 9-10 92.

Chicago 21 16 17 21— 75

Atlanta 17 36 25 14— 92

3-Point GoalsChicago 5-14 (Robinson 2-4, Butler 1-1, Radmanovic 1-2, Hinrich 1-4, Belinelli 0-1, M.Teague 0-1, Deng 0-1), Atlanta 7-19 (Williams 3-6, Korver 3-6, J.Teague 1-2, Smith 0-1, Tolliver 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Jenkins 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 38 (Noah 9), Atlanta 48 (Horford 10). AssistsChicago 20 (Robinson 5), Atlanta 24 (J.Teague 8). Total FoulsChicago 14, Atlanta 9. TechnicalsM.Teague, Morrow. A17,782 (18,729).

Heat 105, Jazz 89

UTAH (89): Ma.Williams 7-12 0-0 16, Millsap 3-9 5-6 11, Jefferson 2-8 2-2 6, M. Williams 2-3 0-0 5, Foye 1-9 0-0 2, Favors 2-8 6-6 10, Hayward 5-8 3-3 15, Watson 1-3 0-0 2, Carroll 1-4 1-2 3, Kanter 2-2 0-0 4, Tinsley 2-3 2-2 8, Burks 2-3 1-3 5, Evans 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 30-73 22-26 89.

MIAMI (105): James 11-20 7-10 30, Battier 4-8 3-3 15, Haslem 3-6 0-0 6, Chalmers 2-5 0-0 5, Wade 8-14 5-6 21, Allen 4-5 3-3 13, Miller 2-3 0-0 6, Cole 2-6 0-0 5, Anthony 2-4 0-0 4, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-73 18-22 105.

Utah 25 18 20 26— 89

Miami 28 19 26 32— 105

3-Point GoalsUtah 7-16 (Hayward 2-2, Tinsley 2-3, Ma.Williams 2-5, M. Williams 1-1, Carroll 0-1, Foye 0-4), Miami 11-24 (Battier 4-8, Allen 2-2, Miller 2-3, James 1-1, Cole 1-3, Chalmers 1-4, Jones 0-1, Wade 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 40 (Jefferson 11), Miami 46 (Haslem, James 9). AssistsUtah 18 (M. Williams, Watson 4), Miami 23 (Wade, James 7). Total FoulsUtah 18, Miami 19. TechnicalsUtah Coach Corbin, James, Miami delay of game. A20,087 (19,600).

Pistons 96, Wizards 87

DETROIT (96): Prince 3-6 1-2 7, Maxiell 5-10 2-2 12, Monroe 6-11 1-3 13, Knight 3-12 3-3 10, Singler 1-6 0-0 2, Stuckey 4-12 9-10 18, Drummond 2-8 0-0 4, Daye 2-6 0-0 6, Villanueva 8-13 0-0 19, Bynum 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 36-88 16-20 96.

WASHINGTON (87): Webster 1-6 2-2 4, Nene 2-8 6-6 10, Okafor 5-9 4-6 14, Crawford 4-13 11-12 21, Beal 7-17 0-0 14, Seraphin 3-8 0-2 6, Martin 4-9 0-2 10, Vesely 2-5 2-2 6, Livingston 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-77 25-32 87.

Detroit 22 32 20 22— 96

Washington 13 22 29 23— 87

3-Point GoalsDetroit 8-19 (Villanueva 3-6, Daye 2-2, Bynum 1-1, Stuckey 1-3, Knight 1-4, Singler 0-3), Washington 4-21 (Martin 2-5, Crawford 2-8, Webster 0-3, Beal 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 64 (Drummond 11), Washington 47 (Okafor 14). AssistsDetroit 22 (Stuckey 8), Washington 20 (Crawford 6). Total FoulsDetroit 25, Washington 18. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second. A13,104 (20,308).

Hawks rout Bulls behind Horford 12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:27pm]

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