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HAWKS LOSE THEIR 'SWEET LOU'

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ATLANTA - Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.

Wilkins says they'll discover "Sweet Lou" was one of the best shooting guards in league history.

Mr. Hudson, the smooth-shooting Hawks star who averaged more than 20 points during 13 seasons, died Friday. He was 69.

He died in Atlanta, where he was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke, the Hawks said.

Mr. Hudson was a six-time All-Star while with the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta, often playing away from the national spotlight.

"Young people today don't know how good Lou Hudson really was," Wilkins said. "He was a hell of a player. The guy could score with the best in history. He was a phenomenal basketball player.

"He should be a Hall of Famer, and it's amazing to me he's not. He was one of the best (shooting) guards and that's a fact. You go back and look at his career and look at the numbers and see what he did and you understand."

Commissioner Adam Silver said Mr. Hudson "represented the Hawks franchise with style and grace."

His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks, joining Bob Pettit and Wilkins as the only other Hawks players so honored. His No. 14 was retired by the University of Minnesota, where he was one of the school's first black players.

Mr. Hudson, who at 6 feet 5 could play guard and forward, averaged 20.2 points for his career. He spent 11 seasons with the Hawks and finished with the Lakers in 1979.

He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in 1966 and made the all-rookie team. He missed part of his second season while in the Army.

Following the team's move from St. Louis, he scored the first points for the new Atlanta team in 1968. He helped lead the Hawks to the 1970 Western Division championship. He set a career high with 27.1 points a game in 1972-73.

He scored 57 points against the Bulls on Nov. 10, 1969, matching the franchise record also set by Pettit and Wilkins. Hudson's 16,049 career points with the Hawks ranks third on the franchise's all-time list behind Wilkins and Pettit.

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Mr. Hudson is a member of the North Carolina, Georgia and Atlanta sports halls of fame. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1966 even though he didn't play college football.

Mr. Hudson suffered a stroke in 2005 and later campaigned for the "Power to End Stroke" organization.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline (Mardi), his daughter, Adrienne, and his former wife, Bernadette. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

WIZARDS RALLY PAST MAGIC: Nene scored 17 and former Gator Bradley Beal added 16 as the Wizards overcame a sluggish offense and beat the Magic 96-86 Friday night.

John Wall had 10 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who ended a two-game losing streak. Trevor Booker finished with 14 points and Marcin Gortat had 12.

Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 19, but the Magic shot just 4-for-15 in the fourth quarter and saw its two-game winning streak end. Jameer Nelson had 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Orlando and Kyle O'Quinn added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Struggling from the perimeter nearly the entire game, Washington kept its focus in the paint in the fourth quarter. Leading 83-82 with just more than four minutes to play, the Wizards scored nine straight points.

Afflalo ended the Magic's scoring drought with a 3-point shot, but that was the only field goal Orlando could muster in the final six minutes. The Wizards held Orlando to just 37 percent shooting in the second half and forced 13 turnovers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Carmelo Anthony scored 30, Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the Knicks kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the host Raptors 108-100. The Raptors disappointed a sellout crowd that had hoped to watch them clinch the Atlantic Division title for the second time in franchise history. ... Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hawks moved to the verge of a playoff spot with a 93-88 victory over the host Nets. The Hawks could have clinched the final Eastern Conference berth had the Knicks lost in Toronto.

KNICKS MAY SIGN ODOM: The Knicks have expressed interest in signing free agent Lamar Odom, according to espn.com. At the behest of new president Phil Jackson, the Knicks have been looking into signing Odom since his two-month contract in Spain ended. A back injury ended his stint with his Spanish team after just two games. Jackson coached Odom on the Lakers from 2004-11. Odom, 34, could be signed before Wednesday's regular-season finale to a contract that includes a team option for next season.

THUNDER WON'T REST DURANT: Thunder coach Scott Brooks has no plans to give Kevin Durant a day of rest over the club's final four games, according to the Daily Oklahoman. "Fatigue is not an issue with our group.,'' Brooks said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Spurs point guard Tony Parker was expected to play against the Suns after missing two games with a back injury. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will both sit out. ... The league rescinded its two-game suspension for Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath, opting to fine the team $25,000 for Heath's Twitter messages criticizing the officiating in Dallas' overtime loss to the Warriors on April 1.

Wizards 96, Magic 86

WASHINGTON (96): Ariza 3-10 2-2 8, Booker 7-10 0-0 14, Gortat 4-12 4-4 12, Wall 3-10 4-4 10, Beal 4-10 6-10 16, Nene 7-11 3-6 17, Webster 0-2 1-2 1, Porter Jr. 4-10 1-1 9, Harrington 3-7 3-4 9, Temple 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-82 24-33 96.

ORLANDO (86): Harkless 1-4 0-0 2, O'Quinn 6-9 1-4 13, Dedmon 1-7 2-2 4, Nelson 5-16 2-4 12, Afflalo 6-14 6-6 19, Nicholson 2-8 0-0 4, Lamb 4-5 0-0 11, Oladipo 3-5 0-0 6, Harris 4-7 2-2 10, Moore 0-2 5-6 5. Totals 32-77 18-24 86.

Washington 17 28 22 29 - 96

Orlando 29 22 19 16 - 86

3-Point Goals-Washington 2-19 (Beal 2-5, Webster 0-1, Porter Jr. 0-2, Harrington 0-2, Ariza 0-4, Wall 0-5), Orlando 4-19 (Lamb 3-4, Afflalo 1-4, Nicholson 0-1, Harkless 0-1, Harris 0-2, Moore 0-2, Nelson 0-5). Fouled Out-Miller, Nicholson. Rebounds-Washington 57 (Harrington, Porter Jr. 9), Orlando 50 (Dedmon 10). Assists-Washington 24 (Wall 12), Orlando 21 (Nelson 11). Total Fouls-Washington 19, Orlando 31. A-17,009 (18,500).

Knicks 108, Raptors 100

NEW YORK (108): Anthony 8-17 13-14 30, Stoudemire 10-14 4-6 24, Chandler 1-2 4-4 6, Felton 4-12 4-4 12, Smith 4-10 4-4 15, Shumpert 4-9 3-4 11, Hardaway Jr. 2-5 0-0 4, Aldrich 0-1 0-0 0, Prigioni 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 35-73 32-36 108.

TORONTO (100): Ross 4-12 2-2 13, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Valanciunas 5-14 4-7 14, Lowry 7-13 7-9 25, DeRozan 6-18 12-13 26, Patterson 2-3 0-0 6, Vasquez 2-6 0-0 6, Salmons 4-7 0-0 10, Hansbrough 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Novak 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-76 25-31 100.

New York 24 21 33 30 - 108

Toronto 26 21 30 23 - 100

3-Point Goals-New York 6-24 (Smith 3-9, Prigioni 2-3, Anthony 1-3, Felton 0-3, Shumpert 0-3, Hardaway Jr. 0-3), Toronto 15-33 (Lowry 4-7, Ross 3-10, Patterson 2-2, Vasquez 2-4, DeRozan 2-4, Salmons 2-5, Novak 0-1). Fouled Out-Shumpert. Rebounds-New York 48 (Stoudemire 11), Toronto 46 (Valanciunas 21). Assists-New York 16 (Prigioni 5), Toronto 16 (DeRozan 5). Total Fouls-New York 24, Toronto 24. Technicals-Lowry. A-19,800 (19,800).

Celtics 106, Bobcats 103

CHARLOTTE (103): Kidd-Gilchrist 5-9 0-1 10, McRoberts 3-5 0-0 9, Jefferson 16-26 0-0 32, Ridnour 4-9 0-0 9, Henderson 4-8 1-2 11, Zeller 1-3 1-2 3, Neal 6-8 0-0 13, Pargo 2-10 0-0 4, Douglas-Roberts 3-8 6-7 12, Biyombo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 44-87 8-12 103.

BOSTON (106): Green 8-11 1-1 18, Bass 7-12 4-4 18, Sullinger 8-13 2-2 20, Pressey 4-11 0-0 10, Bradley 8-16 2-2 22, Bayless 0-4 2-2 2, Humphries 2-5 0-0 4, Olynyk 4-6 2-2 12, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-79 13-13 106.

Charlotte 29 26 20 28 - 103

Boston 28 29 27 22 - 106

3-Point Goals-Charlotte 7-18 (McRoberts 3-4, Henderson 2-2, Neal 1-1, Ridnour 1-3, Douglas-Roberts 0-4, Pargo 0-4), Boston 11-23 (Bradley 4-6, Olynyk 2-3, Sullinger 2-4, Pressey 2-6, Green 1-1, Johnson 0-1, Bayless 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Charlotte 41 (Jefferson 10), Boston 44 (Bass 9). Assists-Charlotte 33 (McRoberts 10), Boston 22 (Pressey 13). Total Fouls-Charlotte 20, Boston 16. Technicals-Tolliver, Charlotte defensive three second. A-18,624 (18,624).

Hawks 93, Nets 88

ATLANTA (93): Carroll 6-11 0-0 12, Millsap 10-19 6-6 27, Brand 2-2 0-0 4, J.Teague 7-15 8-8 22, Korver 1-8 1-1 3, Antic 2-6 0-0 4, L.Williams 1-4 3-4 5, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 4-7 0-0 8, Schroder 1-4 0-0 2, Muscala 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 36-79 20-21 93.

BROOKLYN (88): Kirilenko 3-6 2-4 8, Pierce 5-14 2-6 13, Garnett 2-6 0-2 4, Gutierrez 4-5 3-4 11, Johnson 4-15 0-0 9, Plumlee 6-6 5-7 17, Teletovic 2-6 2-2 8, M.Teague 2-5 0-0 4, Thornton 6-17 0-0 14. Totals 34-80 14-25 88.

Atlanta 16 39 19 19 - 93

Brooklyn 23 24 26 15 - 88

3-Point Goals-Atlanta 1-19 (Millsap 1-2, Scott 0-1, Schroder 0-1, J.Teague 0-3, Carroll 0-3, Antic 0-4, Korver 0-5), Brooklyn 6-22 (Teletovic 2-3, Thornton 2-7, Johnson 1-5, Pierce 1-7). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Atlanta 47 (Carroll 11), Brooklyn 54 (Garnett 10). Assists-Atlanta 17 (Schroder 4), Brooklyn 22 (Pierce, Gutierrez 4). Total Fouls-Atlanta 20, Brooklyn 21. Technicals-Brand, Garnett, Brooklyn defensive three second. A-17,732 (17,732).

Heat 98, Pacers 86

INDIANA (86): George 7-17 5-7 22, West 7-13 4-4 18, Hibbert 2-7 1-2 5, G.Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Stephenson 4-7 2-2 11, Mahinmi 1-1 0-0 2, Turner 1-5 0-0 3, Watson 3-5 2-2 10, Scola 5-8 2-2 12, Copeland 1-2 0-0 3, L.Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-65 16-19 86.

MIAMI (98): James 11-20 12-13 36, Haslem 5-7 1-4 11, Bosh 4-9 2-2 10, Chalmers 6-14 0-0 13, Douglas 3-3 0-0 7, R.Allen 3-7 3-3 10, Cole 1-3 0-0 3, Lewis 1-8 1-2 3, Andersen 1-4 3-4 5, Battier 0-0 0-0 0, Beasley 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 22-28 98.

Indiana 25 17 20 24 - 86

Miami 23 22 31 22 - 98

3-Point Goals-Indiana 8-14 (George 3-8, Watson 2-2, Stephenson 1-1, Turner 1-1, Copeland 1-2), Miami 6-16 (James 2-4, Douglas 1-1, Cole 1-2, Chalmers 1-2, R.Allen 1-3, Lewis 0-2, Bosh 0-2). Fouled Out-West. Rebounds-Indiana 35 (West 8), Miami 48 (Haslem 9). Assists-Indiana 20 (George 5), Miami 14 (Chalmers 5). Total Fouls-Indiana 23, Miami 22. Technicals-Turner. A-20,300 (19,600).

Playoff chase

Top eight in each conference make playoffs. Three division winners and next-best team regardless of division are seeded one through four by record (top tiebreakers are division lead and better head-to-head winning percentage):

EAST

Team W-L GB GR

y Heat 54-25 - 3

y Pacers 54-26 -1/2 2

x Bulls * 46-32 7-1/2 4

x Raptors 46-33 8 3

x Nets 43-36 11 3

x Wizards 41-38 13 3

x Bobcats 40-39 14 3

Hawks 36-43 18 3

Knicks 34-45 20 3

West

y Spurs * 61-18 - 3

y Thunder * 57-21 3-1/2 4

y Clippers 55-24 6 3

x Rockets * 52-26 8-1/2 4

x Blazers * 51-28 10 3

Warriors* 48-30 12-1/2 4

Suns * 47-31 13-1/2 4

Mavericks 48-32 13-1/2 2

Grizzlies * 46-32 14-1/2 4

xClinched playoffs yClinched division

*Late game

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