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Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter, center, drives past Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, left, and Al Jefferson (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. The Bobcats won 114-89. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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First Published Feb 12 2014 09:40 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 04:39 pm

BULLS 100, HAWKS 85

CHICAGO • Joakim Noah scored 19 points as part of a triple-double, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday night.

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Noah added 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and Taj Gibson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who had six players score in double figures. Chicago won its fourth straight against the Hawks and sixth in a row at home versus Atlanta.

The Hawks have lost a season-high four straight overall.

Noah had his fourth career triple-double and first since Feb. 28, 2013.

Chicago (26-25) won for the third time in four games and pulled a half-game in front of Atlanta (25-25) in the Eastern Conference.

All-star forward Paul Millsap had 15 points for the Hawks but his streak of four games with at least 10 rebounds was snapped. Lou Williams added 13 points, and Jeff Teague had 12.

BOBCATS 114, MAVERICKS 89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. • Al Jefferson scored 30 points, Anthony Tolliver added 22, and Charlotte earned a rare win over Dallas.


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The Bobcats had lost 17 of 18 against the Mavericks, but they scored 60 points in the paint and tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers to snap Dallas’ five-game winning streak.

Tolliver was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and the Bobcats went 12 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Jefferson was 14 of 23 from the field and reached the 20-point plateau for the 14th time in 15 games.

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle in the second quarter but he returned in the second half and finished with 16 points.

Charlotte’s victory came on the night it was announced that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan’s wife gave birth to the couple’s identical twin daughters.

Josh McRoberts had a career-high 13 assists and nine points for the Bobcats (23-29).

CAVALIERS 109, KINGS 99

CLEVELAND • Luol Deng scored 22 points, and Cleveland avenged a 44-point loss to Sacramento.

The Cavaliers, routed 124-80 in Sacramento on Jan. 12, took a double-figure lead early in the second quarter and were in control the remainder of the game. Cleveland has won three in a row for the second time this season.

Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the draft who has struggled most of the season, recorded career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Dion Waiters added 20 points for Cleveland.

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