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NBA roundup: Suns score 79 in 1st half to top Hawks

2014-03-03T00:00:00Z NBA roundup: Suns score 79 in 1st half to top HawksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX — Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 three-pointers in the first half to help the Suns score 79 points before the break — the most in the NBA this season — and Phoenix held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-120 Sunday night.

The first-half total was two shy of the US Airways Center record for points in a half. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67, but 63 percent shooting, including 12 of 18 on three-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark.

Green finished with 33 points and Phoenix tied a season high with 15 threes and set a season high with its 129 point output.

Goran Dragic added 19 points for the Suns, hearing the chants of “MVP” from the home crowd, and Marcus Morris had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Twin brother Markieff added 21 points and eight rebounds.

Jeff Teague had 29 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Kyle Korver continued his NBA-record streak of 127 straight games with at least one three.

Spurs 112, Mavericks 106: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading the Spurs’ balanced attack in a win over Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 22 points.

Bulls 109, Knicks 90: In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth career triple-double, leading streaking Chicago over New York.

Chicago (33-26) improved to 21-8 since Jan. 1 in its ninth win in the last 10 games. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight.

Raptors 104, Warriors 98: In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points as Toronto beat Golden State for its first victory in eight tries against Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who had 34 points.

Thunder 116, Bobcats 99: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 to lead Oklahoma City past Charlotte. Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws.

Magic 92, 76ers 81: In Orlando, Fla., Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and Orlando beat Philadelphia for the second time in less than a week, extending the 76ers losing streak to 14 — their longest skid since 15 in 1994.

Pacers 94, Jazz 91: In Indianapolis, David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, and Indiana beat Utah for its fifth straight victory. Utah’s Gordon Hayward missed a tying three at the buzzer after he made one seconds earlier. Indiana’s Lance Stephenson sank two free throws to seal the win.

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