PHILADELPHIA - David West was big again for New Orleans, scoring 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets to their fifth straight win, 98-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
West was chosen the Western Conference player of the week only hours earlier on the strength of his 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in four Hornets' victories. The new week brought more of the same stellar production. West scored the Hornets' first 12 points as they raced to a 13-point lead. New Orleans is on a season-high winning streak.
Led by West, the Hornets won for the seventh time in nine games since the All-Star break.
HAWKS 98, WIZARDS 89 - In Washington, Marvin Williams scored 28 points, and the Hawks completed a season sweep of the Wizards. Al Horford added 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who broke open a tie game with a 20-6 run that started late in the third quarter and went well into the fourth.
The Hawks went 4-0 against the Wizards, sweeping the series for the first time since winning all four during the 1997-98 season. Atlanta was in need of a slump-busting win, having lost five of seven after Sunday night's one-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Antawn Jamison scored 23 points for the Wizards.
THUNDER 96, MAVERICKS 87 - In Oklahoma City, Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 23 points, rookie Russell Westbrook added 17 as part of his first career triple double as the Thunder beat Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas' charge back from a 23-point deficit, and his 3-pointer from the right wing got the Mavericks back within 88-84 with 4:13 to play.
Those were the last of his 28 points, and Dallas didn't score again for 4 minutes.
CAVALIERS 107, HEAT 100 - In Miami, LeBron James scored 42 points, Mo Williams got 17 of his 30 in the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final minutes.
Dwyane Wade had 41 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Miami, strongly following up his 46-point effort two nights earlier against the New York Knicks, when the Heat rallied from 15 points down in the last 9 minutes.
SPURS 106, CLIPPERS 78 - In Los Angeles, Tony Parker had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Spurs pulled away in the third quarter with four 3-pointers from Michael Finley.
Tim Duncan, playing his second game after missing the previous three with a sore right knee, had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists before sitting out the fourth quarter. The 11-time All-Star needs 18 points to overtake Scottie Pippen for 44th place on the career scoring list.
Finley and Matt Bonner each had 14 points for the Southwest Division leaders, who avoided their first three-game losing streak since starting the season 0-3.
Manu Ginobili, the NBA's sixth man of the year last season, missed his eighth straight game because of an ankle injury.
Al Thornton and Fred Jones each had 14 points for the Clippers.