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Undersized Hawks overcome Westbrook's 46

OKLAHOMA CITY — With center Dwight Howard a late scratch, the Hawks were undersized against the Thunder. So they used a series of small lineups, defensive schemes and grit in a 110-108 win, overcoming Russell Westbrook's 46 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Paul Millsap scored to give the Hawks the 110-108 lead. The Thunder missed on the other end but got the ball back with 2.9 seconds left. Westbrook missed a jump shot, and a Steven Adams dunk of the rebound was too late.

Westbrook had his third 40-point game this season. That's tied with Damian Lillard for second in the league. Anthony Davis leads with four.

Millsap and Dennis Schroder carried the Hawks. Millsap had 30 points and 11 rebounds. Schroder finished with 31 points. They also got double-digit scoring from Thabo Sefolosha (15) and Kent Bazemore (12).

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jimmy Butler scored 19, Rajon Rondo had 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds and the host Bulls beat the Pistons 113-82 to snap a three-game losing streak. … Thaddeus Young made a runner with 0.9 seconds left to give the host Pacers a 107-105 victory over the Wizards. Bradley Beal missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Young took an inbound pass at the top of the key, squared up his defender, Markieff Morris, then drove and put up his runner from the left side. … Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Suns 115-108, their first home win since Nov. 17.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Clippers forward Blake Griffin is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. If Griffin does not have the surgery, the team fears that swelling could become an issue. … Cavs forward Kevin Love is out for tonight's game at the Bucks. Love has a contusion after he banged knees with Larry Nance in Saturday's win over the Lakers. Love is questionable for Wednesday's home game against the Bucks. … Knicks guard Derrick Rose tested his balky back in practice and plans to play tonight against the Pacers. Rose has missed the past two games and four of the past six.

Undersized Hawks overcome Westbrook's 46 12/19/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2016 10:55pm]
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