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Holiday's first triple-double helps send 76ers past Nets

Philadelphia's Lou Williams got around the Nets' Johan Petro Wednesday on his way to a 26-point night as the 76ers won 106-92 in Newark, N.J.
Philadelphia's Lou Williams got around the Nets' Johan Petro Wednesday on his way to a 26-point night as the 76ers won 106-92 in Newark, N.J. AP

Lou Williams scored 26 points and Jrue Holiday had 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-92 victory over the host New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Former Kentucky Wildcat Jodie Meeks added 10 of his 15 points in a 14-2 third-quarter run that broke the game open and led to the ejection of Nets Coach Avery Johnson for arguing a non-call after Nets point guard Devin Harris apparently was fouled by Elton Brand.

Andre Iguodala added 16 points and Brand had 15 and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who won their fifth in six games and beat the Nets for the third time in as many meetings this season.

Harris, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries all had 16 points for New Jersey, which lost for only the second time in its last seven home games.

Hawks 100, Raptors 87: Joe Johnson scored a season-high 37 points, Josh Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Atlanta beat visiting Toronto for the Raptors' 13th straight loss.

The Raptors didn't arrive in Atlanta until Wednesday morning because of a Midwest snowstorm that kept them stuck in Indianapolis since Monday and forced them to check into the same hotel three times.

Pacers 117, Cavaliers 112: The Cavaliers' long losing streak is almost history.

Cleveland's slide reached 22 games — one shy of the NBA's single-season record — as Danny Granger scored 23 points and Darren Collison added 22 to lead visiting Indiana to a win over the Cavaliers, now winless in 2011 and losers of 32 of 33.

Ramon Sessions scored 25 points and Antawn Jamison had 21 for Cleveland.

Mavericks 113, Knicks 97: Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Dallas seized control in the third quarter before beating New York on the road for its sixth straight victory.

Bobcats 97, Pistons 87: Stephen Jackson scored a season-high 39 points and visiting Charlotte beat shorthanded Detroit.

Former Pistons center Kwame Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Ben Gordon led the Pistons with 20 points and former Wildcat Tayshaun Prince added 16.

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