Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams gets a hand up but fails to stop Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce from getting a shot off in the second have. Pierce scored 26 points.


ATLANTA - Kyle Korver said the Hawks owed the Celtics a big comeback. This one was really big.

Korver scored 27 points, most on three-pointers, and Atlanta overcame a 27-point deficit in the first half to win 123-111 in double-overtime on Friday night, handing Boston its sixth straight loss - its worst skid in six years.

Boston's biggest lead came in the second quarter. Korver remembered the Hawks led by 19 points, also in the second period, before the Celtics rallied for an 89-81 win in Atlanta on Jan. 5.

"We had a good example of how to come back from what they did to us the last time," said Korver, who had all of his career-high eight threes in the second half, a franchise record. Atlanta's Josh Smith, who opened the second OT with a three-point play, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 boards but fouled out in the second OT. Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 boards, his fifth triple-double of the season.

• Lakers 102, Jazz 84: In Los Angeles, Metta World Peace hit five three-pointers and had 17 points, and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Utah and snap a four-game skid.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 15 and Pau Gasol added 15 points off the bench for L.A. Kobe Bryant had 14 points, a season-high 14 assists and nine rebounds.

• Spurs 113, Mavericks 107: In Dallas, Tony Parker returned from a cut above the same eye he injured in a nightclub incident last summer and scored 23 points to lead San Antonio over Dallas.

Parker missed about a quarter in the first half when he took three stitches above his left eye after a collision with Elton Brand. He nearly lost the eye in June after he got caught in a bottle-throwing melee in New York.

San Antonio's DeJuan Blair had 22 points subbing for Tim Duncan (sore right knee).

• Heat 110, Pistons 88: In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help Miami earn its fourth victory in a row by beating Detroit.

The Heat got even for a loss at Detroit on Dec. 28. LeBron James had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who shot 56 percent.

• Wizards 114, Timberwolves 101: In Washington, John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and no-longer-last Washington finally hit double digits in wins.

Wall, who came off the bench for the first seven games after his return from a left knee injury, had assists on the Wizards' first two baskets and played 21 minutes. The Wizards are 5-3 since Wall's return, 5-28 without him.

• Thunder 105, Kings 95: In Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Oklahoma City overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Kings.

• Cavaliers 113, Bucks 108: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and Cleveland rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Milwaukee.

• Bulls 103, Warriors 87: In Chicago, Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in Chicago's victory over Golden State.

• Grizzlies 101, Nets 77: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and Memphis built a 30-point lead in the second half en route to a victory over Brooklyn. Gasol was 10 of 15 from the field, all of his points coming in the first half.

• Rockets 100, Hornets 82: In New Orleans, James Harden had 30 points and Houston broke out of its worst slump of the season by beating New Orleans. The Rockets had lost eight of nine and trailed by double digits in 12 straight games.

Rim shots

• A computer technician, 50, from McHenry, Ill., made a half-court shot in Miami to win $75,000 and a hug from LeBron James.

As part of a contest sponsored by James' foundation, Michael Drysch hit a hook shot from midcourt between periods of Friday's game between Miami and Detroit.

James watched from the bench, and when the shot swished in, he happily sprinted toward Drysch and embraced him, and both tumbled to the court. "Nice way to meet somebody," Drysch said.

• Billionaire Ron Burkle has taken his interest in the Sacramento Kings to the top. Burkle met with NBA Commissioner David Stern for two hours at the league's New York headquarters Thursday. No details were revealed.

• Delonte West was acquired by the NBA Development League affiliate for the Mavericks, but owner Mark Cuban says he won't play again for Dallas after being released in October for two suspensions.