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NBA scores: Al Horford hits buzzer-beater for Hawks, Rockets hold off Warriors

There were 13 games Friday night and NBA fans were treated to a couple of buzzer beaters and a huge matchup out west.

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Atlanta Hawks 101, Washington Wizards 99

Atlanta blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead and found itself in overtime. The difference between the Hawks and the Wizards? The Hawks have Al Horford and the Wizards don't. Washington had no answer for Horford. He scored 34 points, collected 15 rebounds and hit a fall away jumper as time expired to lead the Hawks to victory.

Houston Rockets 116, Golden State Warriors 112

The Warriors came back from a 13-point deficit but the Rockets valiantly held on for the win. Dwight Howard scored 18 points on six shots, hit all seven of his free throw attempts and even hit a corner-three. This was a bit of an anomaly, but fun nonetheless. Below is his three-point attempt. If you were playing a drinking game, this is the "Finish Your Drink" cue:

Indiana Pacers 99, Charlotte Bobcats 94

The Bobcats led 90-89 with just over five minutes left, but Lance Stephenson scored a layup and the Pacers never trailed again. Stephenson flirted with a triple-double, scoring 20 points, collected 11 rebounds and registered seven assists. Al Jefferson led all scorers with 21 points in a losing effort. Want to know why Roy Hibbert, apparently, looked so mad during the game?!

Been there, big fella. Not a fun or proud moment on this end, so I know how you feel.

Cleveland Cavaliers 109, Orlando Magic 100

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, his second-straight game with over 30, and earned five assists. Cleveland's bench scored 60 points, led by 21 from Dion Waiters. Victor Oladipo filled the stat sheet with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

Toronto Raptors 108, Philadelphia 76ers 100

DeMar DeRozan's 27 points and Terrence Ross' 24 led the way as the Raptors crushed the flailing Sixers. Tony Wroten led Philadelphia with 23 points but turned the ball over five times. Michael Carter-Williams missed his fifth straight game, which really kills Philadelphia's watchability.

Boston Celtics 90, New York Knicks 86

The Knicks are, as we've come to realize, bad. Brad Stevens is, on the other hand, good. All Knicks players not named Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire combined for 20 points. That's not very ideal. The Celtics blew an early 17-point lead, but squeezed the most of of their offense (48.5 percent shooting) when it counted most and got the win.

Noted, Conrad.

Detroit Pistons 103, Brooklyn Nets 99

The Pistons led by 21 early in the third quarter but Brooklyn cut the lead to two before late free throws from Kyle Singler sealed the win. Andre Drummond, a certified double-double machine, scored 22 points and collected 13 rebounds.

New Orleans Pelicans 104, Memphis Grizzlies 98

Eric Gordon hit 10-of-12 from the field for 25 points and Jrue Holiday contributed 20 points and 12 assists. Jon Leuer (yes, Jon Leuer) led the Grizzlies with 19 points off the bench. Question: How many draft guys thought Jon Leuer would be a factor on an NBA team? Answer: I do not know.

Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Los Angeles Lakers 97

Oklahoma City had its way with the Lakers as Kevin Durant scored a ridiculous 31 points on 13 shots. Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each chipped in 19 points. Kobe Bryant, who started at point guard, registered 13 assists but scored just four points and turned the ball over seven times.

Chicago Bulls 91, Milwaukee Bucks 90

Joakim Noah recorded 21 points and 18 assists and Mike Dunleavy hit a game-winning three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining. John Henson, who is a long-limbed ball of fun, scored 15 points, collected eight rebounds and blocked four shots in the loss. He also recently wore this shirt, which is almost the coolest thing ever.

The best part about that video is the announcer responding as if the Bulls just won Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

San Antonio Spurs 117, Minnesota Timberwolves 110

Kevin Love scored 42 points, collected 14 rebounds and shot 8-of-9 from behind the arc but it wasn't enough as the Spurs shot over 55 percent from the field and outscored Minnesota 37-21 in the fourth quarter. Poor Kevin Love. Why can't he get some *wait for it* love from the Basketball Gods?

Utah Jazz 103, Denver Nuggets 93

Jazz win! Jazz win! Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and the starting lineup combined for 84 points. Denver's starting lineup, on the other hand, scored just 36 points and shot 14-of-41 from the field. It also doesn't help that Denver missed 10 of its 24 free throw attempts. But, hey, Jazz win! It's fun rooting for the lovable underdogs.

Phoenix Suns 116, Sacramento Kings 107

The Suns have won four-straight and are now totally cool with packaging draft picks for a proven player. This is the script that no one wrote. Phoenix was supposed to sit comfortably at the bottom of the league and draft a superstar in the 2014 draft. But, no, that's not what's happening. At 13-9, the Suns are a solid team in playoff contention in a loaded Western Conference. This is madness.

DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledoe were once teammates at Kentucky. THEY ARE NOT TEAMMATES ANY MORE AND ERIC BLEDSOE WANTS ALL OF THE BLOOD.

Boogie is not amused.

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