Williams leads late push, Hawks top Thunder 104-95

Williams leads late push, Hawks top Thunder 104-95
November 4, 2012, 9:33 pm
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, dives for a loose ball in front of Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver, center, and Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lou Williams added 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge and the Hawks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95 on Sunday night.

Williams hit a 3-pointer, a 24-foot jumper and converted a three-point play off a driving scoop in the lane during a 12-4 push midway through the fourth quarter that put the Hawks in front to stay. Williams' two free throws made it 91-84 with 4:44 to play, and Atlanta held off a final charge by Oklahoma City.

Williams ended up scoring 14 points overall during the fourth quarter as the Hawks won their road opener despite playing without starting forward Josh Smith because of a sprained right ankle.

Kevin Martin scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Thunder and Kevin Durant chipped in 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.