Archive for March 24th, 2013

Al Horford scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Hawks rally for a 104-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Josh Smith added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who trailed 98-95 with 1:05 remaining. Devin Harris added 16 points and Jeff Teague finished with 14.

Smith converted a layup with 33.8 seconds to tie it at 99. After the Bucks turned it over, Dahntay Jones was fouled. He made the first and missed the second, but Anthony Tolliver grabbed the rebound for Atlanta and called timeout.

Horford was fouled with 20.1 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to give the Hawks a 102-99 lead. Monta Ellis missed a 3-pointer for Milwaukee, and Teague made two foul shots to put the game away.

Ellis scored 20 points for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bucks have dropped six of eight to fall to fall two games behind idle Boston for seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with 13 games remaining.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Dwyane Wade out with right knee soreness

Dwyane Wade is not playing for the Miami Heat on Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats because of right knee soreness.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade has been dealing with the issue for several days and that the team believes a bit of rest and treatment will take care of the problem.

It’s the fifth game Wade is missing this season. He’s averaging 21.5 points on 52 percent shooting for the Heat, who took a 25-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the NBA-worst Bobcats.

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

Rudy Gay missed his third game on Saturday night because of back problems. And now his season, which started with the Memphis Grizzlies could be over as the Toronto Raptors are considering shutting Gay down.

Gay received therapy on Saturday and depending on how he responds could determine if Gay’s season is over, according to Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

“I would say that it’s something that will be talked about sooner rather than later,” Casey told ESPN.com.

– Reported by the Sports Xchange

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed guard Jannero Pargo to a second 10-day contract.

The 6-1 Pargo has seen action in five games for the Bobcats, scoring in double figures in each of the last four contests. He is averaging 11.2 points, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 rebound in 17.2 minutes. Since coming to Charlotte, Pargo is shooting .465 from the field (20-43), including .480 from beyond the three-point line (12-25), and is a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Prior to signing with the Bobcats, Pargo had played in 14 total games this season, seven each with the Wizards and Hawks, with overall averages of 4.0 points and 2.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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