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ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young and Vince Carter each scored 21 points, John Collins added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Saturday night.

Atlanta, enjoying a rare run of success in its first season of rebuilding under new coach Lloyd Pierce, has won five of six. At 11-24, the Hawks have the fourth-worst mark in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve done better recently compared to Cleveland, which dropped its sixth in a row.

Cedi Osman finished with 22 points, and Larry Nance Jr. and Collin Sexton each had 18 for the Cavs. Cleveland fell to 8-29, worst in the NBA.

The Cavs never led after Jaron Blossomgame’s alley-oop dunk made it a three-point game midway through the third. They trailed by 12 late in the third, but Sexton’s free throw tied it at 106-all with 58 seconds remaining.

After Collins scored on a follow shot, Alec Burks made an errant inbound pass to Nance that Justin Anderson stole and handed to Young. Young missed a 3-pointer, but DeAndre’ Bembry was fouled on a rebound and hit a free throw to make it a three-point game.

Cleveland blew its last chance to score when Jordan Clarkson missed a 3 in the closing seconds.

Trailing by 10 in the last 2 minutes of the first, Atlanta tied it at 28-all on Young’s straightaway 3 and took its first lead on Alex Len’s inside basket early in the second. Len took passes from Young and Kent Bazemore to score at the rim on consecutive possessions that put the Hawks up 47-41, and the lead jumped to 12 on 3s by Jeremy Lin and Kevin Huerter.

Jazz 129, Knicks 97

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the New York Knicks.

Dante Exum scored 13 points and had a career-high 13 assists in his first start of the season. Exum filled in for Ricky Rubio, who sat out with lower back and left knee contusions.

Donovan Mitchell added 15 points and Kyle Korver chipped in 15 off the bench for the Jazz, who won for the sixth time in seven home games.

Bucks 129, Nets 115

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, helping to turn away Brooklyn’s attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the undermanned Nets.

Khris Middleton scored 29 points despite a quad injury, while Brook Lopez added 24 on 7-of-15 shooting from the 3-point arc.

Milwaukee shot 49 percent from the field, including 21 of 51 (41 percent) from the 3-point line to extend their NBA-best record to 25-10. The Bucks have won three straight and seven of eight.

Rockets 108, Pelicans 104

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points, becoming the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, to power the Houston Rockets to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harden had 26 points in the first half and reached 40 for the third straight game. He was 7 for 16 from 3-point range, made all 14 free throws and added six assists.

Wizards 130, Charlotte 126

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets amid news five-time All-Star guard John Wall will have season-ending surgery.

Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds for Washington, which won for the third time in 12 games.

The Wizards announced Saturday that Wall would undergo surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel and miss at least six months.

Celtics 112, Grizzlies 103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 13 assists, Al Horford added 18 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the closing 1:32, and the Boston Celtics rallied for a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench.

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