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Hawks sink drought-stricken Bobcats

Joe Johnson scored a season-high 36 in the Hawks' 99-90 victory Wednesday night as Charlotte couldn't overcome the longest field-goal drought to open a game this season.

Johnson missed his first five shots and had only two points in the opening quarter before scoring 22 in the second.

The Bobcats were 0-for-13 from the field to start the game before a jumper by Sean May with 4:07 left in the period.

Knicks 101, Cavaliers 98

CLEVELAND - Quentin Richardson scored 27 and Eddy Curry 24, 12 in the fourth quarter as the Knicks ended the Cavaliers' six-game home winning streak.

Curry and Jamal Crawford combined for 23 of New York's 28 points in the fourth as the Knicks improved to 5-5 on the road. They are 1-6 at Madison Square Garden.

Nets 106, Celtics 103

BOSTON - Vince Carter scored 23, 16 in the fourth quarter, and Jason Kidd added 19 as New Jersey snapped a six-game losing streak.

Wally Szczerbiak had a chance to tie it with three seconds to go, but drove the baseline and lost the ball out of bounds as time expired. Teammate Paul Pierce looked at Szczerbiak holding up three fingers to indicate how many points were needed to tie.

Mavericks 117, Raptors 98

DALLAS - Josh Howard scored 26 and the Mavericks won their straight game.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki left in the first quarter with blurred vision. The team said he was not poked in the eye, but he did not return.

Jazz 83, Spurs 75

SALT LAKE CITY - Carlos Boozer had 23 points as the Jazz got its first win over San Antonio since April 2005.

Suns 102, Rockets 91

PHOENIX - Steve Nash broke out of a bad shooting night with eight points in a 14-3 fourth-quarter run, and the Suns won their fifth in a row.

LAKERS: Coach Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing referees last week.

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