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Hawks, Blazers win overtime thrillers

By Chris Pike
27 December 2013 07:35PM EST

ATLANTA and Portland both won overtime NBA thrillers on Thursday night while Texas teams Houston and San Antonio recorded strong victories as well.

There were just the four matches in the NBA on Thursday night and two of them were overtime thrillers.

The first came in Cleveland with Atlanta prevailing over the Cavaliers 127-125 in two overtime periods and then the night finished in Portland with the Trail Blazers beating the LA Clippers 116-112 in one overtime period.

The other two matches saw Houston beat Memphis 100-92 and San Antonio down Dallas 116-107.

Atlanta outlasted Cleveland in a double overtime thriller at the Quicken Loans Centre ending up two-point victors in a game that lasted over three hours on Thursday.

Jeff Teague was the hero for the Hawks not only hitting a jumper to send the game into the first overtime, but he then nailed a step-back jump shot to win the game for Atlanta.

The point guard finished the night with a career-high 34 points to go with 14 assists on the back of shooting 14-of-24 from the floor.

Centre Al Horford added 25 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks with Kyle Korver adding 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Paul Millsap 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Point guard Kyrie Irving was the star of the night for the Cavs with 40 points and nine assists with Tristan Thompson adding 22 points and six rebounds.

Dion Waiters scored 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers while CJ Miles scored 10 points and Anderson Varejao pulled in 17 rebounds.

Houston continued its hot run of form backing up its win over San Antonio with a solid eight-point victory over Memphis at home on Thursday on the back of a commanding 34-point to 20 final quarter.

James Harden finished with a game-high 27 points for the Rockets to go with six rebounds and five assists despite shooting just 2-of-9 from the field.

He became the first player in NBA history to score 27 points in a game while making only two field goals. He hit 22-of-25 from the free-throw line.

Terrence Jones also had 20 points and five rebounds for Houston with Jeremy Lin adding 18 points and Chandler Parsons 15.

Centre Dwight Howard had a quiet night with just two points and six rebounds.

Zach Randolph again led the way for the Grizzlies with 23 points, 17 rebounds and five assists with James Johnson scoring 12 points and Mike Conley 11 to go with six assists.

San Antonio bounced back from its disappointing loss at home to Houston on Christmas Day to win another battle of Texas on Thursday, beating the Mavericks in Dallas by nine points to improve to a 23-7 record on the season.

Once again San Antonio's bench came up big scoring 49 points to 28 from that of the Mavs with Danny Green leading the way with 22 points. Boris Diaw also added 10.

As for the starters, Tony Parker had 23 points for the Spurs, Tim Duncan 21 to go with 13 rebounds and Tiago Splitter scored 12 points and pulled in six boards.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 25 points and five rebounds on the back of shooting 10-of-17 from the floor.

Monta Ellis added 23 points and six assists while Vince Carter had 20 points off the bench.

DeJuan Blair also had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavs with Jose Calderon adding 13 points and seven rebounds.

Portland then prevailed in the night's other overtime thriller coming out with a four-point victory over the Clippers at home.

The victory improves the Trail Blazers to a 24-5 record on the season while the Clippers now slip to 20-11 having also lost to the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

MVP candidate LaMarcus Aldridge was again the star of the night for the Blazers finishing with 32 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Nicolas Batum added 19 points and seven rebounds with Damian Lillard scoring 14 points, Mo Williams 12 and Robin Lopez 11 to go with 15 rebounds.

Blake Griffin was ejected on Christmas against the Warriors but responded in a big way in Portland with 35 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 15-of-27 from the field.

Point guard Chris Paul also had a terrific night for the Clippers with 34 points, 16 assists and six steals while Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and Matt Barnes 12 before fouling out.

NBA Results Thursday December 26
Atlanta Hawks (16-13) 127 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (10-18) 125
Memphis Grizzlies (12-16) 92 lost to Houston Rockets (20-11) 100
San Antonio Spurs (23-7) 116 defeated Dallas Mavericks (16-13) 107
LA Clippers (20-11) 112 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (24-5) 116

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