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Hawks edge Cavaliers in OT to set league-leading pace

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Steve Smith had 21 points, including all nine of Atlanta's points in overtime, as the Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 Saturday night to stay undefeated and continue their best start in 29 years.

The first-place Hawks, who beat the NBA champion Chicago Bulls Friday, became the league's first 6-0 team and began a season with six straight victories for the first time since moving to Atlanta in 1968.Smith, held to only six shots and 12 points in regulation, sank two foul shots, a 3-pointer, a spinning one-hander and an 18-foot jumper in overtime.

Dikembe Mutombo had 16 points and 13 rebounds, drawing Shawn Kemp's fifth and sixth fouls in the fourth quarter. Kemp fouled out with 28 points.

Mookie Blaylock had 16 points as all five Atlanta starters reached double figures.

Hornets 89, Pacers 82

At Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte won its fourth game in a row as Vlade Divac scored seven of his 18 points in the final 2:56 to lift Charlotte to a win over Indianapolis.

Divac also had 13 rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks.


Magic 96, Raptors 87

At Orlando, Fla., Rony Seikaly scored 26 points and Bo Outlaw had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orlando past Toronto.

Penny Hardaway added 17 points and Outlaw, replacing injured starter Nick Anderson at forward, matched a career high with seven assists to help the Magic even their record at 3-3.

Heat 114, Wizards 106

At Miami, Tim Hardaway scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and sparked a decisive run in the fourth quarter that gave Miami a victory over Washington.

Jamal Mashburn added 22 points for the Heat. Terry Mills scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and P.J. Brown had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Bulls 99, Nets 86

At Chicago, Dennis Rodman, in the starting lineup for the first time this season, played with enthusiasm and reserves Steve Kerr and Toni Kukoc excelled as the Chicago Bulls dealt the New Jersey Nets their first loss.

Rodman, who said he was bored with basketball and talked about retirement after Friday's loss at Atlanta, had 12 rebounds and seven points.

Trail Blazers 101, Mavericks 94

At Dallas, Isaiah Rider scored 14 of his 24 points during a third-quarter surge that helped the Portland Trail Blazers win their fourth straight game.

Kenny Anderson had 28 points to pace the Blazers, whose 4-1 start is their best since winning six straight to start the 1992-93 season. Shawn Bradley's 26 points led the Mavericks.

Bucks 105, Celtics 96

At Milwaukee, Glenn Robinson scored 31 points, including 14 during the decisive third quarter, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics.

It was Boston's fifth straight loss since opening the season with a victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Suns 123, Clippers 105

At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Kidd scored 29 points as Phoenix beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

Danny Manning had 21 points and Rex Chapman 20 as the Suns improved to 3-1.

Timberwolves 97, Warriors 90

At Oakland, Calif., Tom Gugliotta had 29 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota defeated winless Golden State.

Kevin Garnett added 15 points for Minnesota.