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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hawks Swoop on Magic in OT Win

ATLANTA -- Mookie Blaylock made a key steal and sank a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left to force overtime, then hit the go-ahead three-pointer in the extra session as the Atlanta Hawks rallied for a 112-107 victory over the Orlando Magic.


Blaylock finished with 18 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals. Steve Smith led the Hawks with 38 points, and Christian Laettner added 27.


Penny Hardaway scored 25 of his 35 points after halftime for the Magic, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.


The Hawks, playing without starting center Dikembe Mutombo, who was at home with his expectant wife, trailed by 16 points with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter Monday before outscoring the Magic 22-6 to force the overtime and snap their season-high three-game losing streak.


A layup by Laettner got the Hawks within two points at 98-96 with 5.7 seconds remaining in regulation. After a time-out, Blaylock stole Dennis Scott's inbounds pass and was fouled, making both free throws to tie the score. Orlando had a last shot to win in regulation but Derek Strong threw up an air ball at the buzzer.


"I never knew it was coming," Blaylock said. "I looked up and I was just right there and stepped in front of it."


"We just turned it up the last few minutes," Laettner said. "Once we got into overtime, the crowd got involved and we played extremely well."


Cavaliers 85, Pistons 82. In Cleveland, Ohio, Tyrone Hill scored a season-high 26 points, including a go-ahead jump hook with 38 seconds left, as the Cavaliers overcame the absence of All-Star point guard Terrell Brandon for an 85-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons.


Chris Mills scored 19 points and Bob Sura added 15 for the Cavaliers, who led by 15 points at halftime but had to erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Sura started for Brandon, who has a bruised tailbone and is day-to-day.


Lakers 113, Nuggets 94. In Denver, Nick Van Exel scored 30 points and Byron Scott reached 15,000 career points with 15 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets.


Elden Campbell added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have swept the team's two games in Denver for the eighth time.


Antonio McDyess passed the 2,000-point plateau with 26 points and had 10 rebounds. LaPhonso Ellis had 24 points for the Nuggets, losers of eight of their last 10 games.


Celtics 126, Bucks 117. In Boston on St. Patrick's Day, the Celtics snapped a franchise record-tying seven-game home losing streak with a 126-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Eric Williams scored 25 points, Antoine Walker added 24 and Rick Fox had 21 for the Celtics, who used a season high in points to win at the FleetCenter for the first time since January 31.


Glenn Robinson scored 28 points and Vin Baker 25 for the Bucks.


(AP, Reuters)


(For other results, see Scorecard.)