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Gordon’s return lifts Hornets

The Associated PressDecember 30, 2012 

— Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Charlotte Bobcats’ losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory Saturday night.

The Bobcats are one game away from a winless December. They haven’t won since Nov. 24.

Gordon, who hadn’t played since April 22 following arthroscopic right knee surgery, was 5 of 13 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line in 24 minutes.

Ryan Anderson had 19 points and made a pair of 3-pointers in the final period as the Hornets won for the second time in three games.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 22 points and nine rebounds and Gerald Henderson added 19 points for the Bobcats.

HAWKS 109, PACERS 100

At Atlanta, Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, and Al Horford added 20 points as the Hawks won their fourth in a row.

David West scored a game-high 29 points for the Pacers, who had won four straight and seven of eight.

With Josh Smith, Atlanta’s leading scorer this season, unable to play because of a right hip flexor, Hawks coach Larry Drew started Zaza Pachulia, who responded with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

RAPTORS 128, MAGIC 88

At Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists to help Toronto crush injury-depleted Orlando.

Rookie Ed Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds as Toronto won for the seventh time in eight games. The Raptors, who hit a season-high 15 3-pointers, got 16 points apiece from Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross.

The Magic played without starting point guard Jameer Nelson (hip) and his backup E’Twaun Moore (elbow).

NETS 103, CAVALIERS 100

At New York, Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Lopez followed his 26-point, 11-rebound performance in a victory Friday over Charlotte by shooting 13 of 20 from the field.

CJ Miles scored 33 points and made eight 3-pointers for the Cavs. Kyrie Irving finished with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

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