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NBA Report / Scores, news, notes

Wednesday's top games

Atlanta 98, Cleveland 84: Joe Johnson scored 23 points as the Hawks handed the Cavs their 12th straight road loss and 12th in 13 games overall.

Detroit 115, Toronto 93: Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 35 points and the Pistons snapped a five-game losing streak against the Raptors.

Chicago 87, Washington 80: Carlos Boozer scored 30 points and Derrick Rose added 25 to help the Bulls to their ninth victory in 10 games.

Boston 84, Philadelphia 80: Ray Allen scored 22 points, and Paul Pierce recovered after missing his first seven shots to score 11 in the second half and the Celtics won their 14th straight.

New York 112, Oklahoma City 98: Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points, Wilson Chandler added 21, and the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak.

Utah 112, Minnesota 107: Al Jefferson had 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks against his former team. Jonny Flynn had five points for Minnesota.


Around the rim

Brown steps down in Charlotte: In what was described by owner Michael Jordan as a "mutual decision," Larry Brown stepped down as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Brown, 70, had an 88-104 record in two-plus years in Charlotte, including a playoff berth last season. Paul Silas, a former Charlotte Hornets coach, will take over on an interim basis.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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