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Williams, Horford pace Hawks past Indiana

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Williams, Horford pace Hawks past Indiana

ATLANTA (AP) Al Horford believes the Atlanta Hawks are starting to tap into their potential.

Even with Josh Smith injured and unable to play, the Hawks still got some important baskets, rebounds and defensive stops from role players in a 109-100 over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

``I think it showed growth from our team being in a position where they made a run at us and we needed to score,'' Horford said. ``Guys scored some key points. We got stops when we needed to. That was a game where we got better.''

Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Horford added 20 points and Atlanta won its fourth straight.

David West scored a game-high 29 points for the Pacers, who had won four in a row and seven of eight.

Smith, Atlanta's leading scorer this season, watched the game from the bench as Zaza Pachulia made his seventh start of the season and responded with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Williams, who signed in the offseason to be the Hawks' sixth man, had his first career double-double. Rookie John Jenkins scored a career-high 10 points, and Ivan Johnson shook off flu-like symptoms to add six points and six rebounds.

Injuries to reserve guards Devin Harris and Anthony Morrow left Atlanta coach Larry Drew with just nine players in his rotation, but Indiana never got closer than three in the fourth quarter after Paul George's three-point play made it 91-88 at the 5:18 mark.

Jeff Teague's floating runner made it 101-90 less than 3 minutes later. Teague scored 10 of his 15 points in the final period.

``From a production standpoint, everybody gave a little something,'' Drew said. ``We did what we had to do, particularly on the defensive end. We had to make a lot of adjustments as the game went on to try to keep them off-balance a little bit.''

Pachulia and Horford combined to hold Pacers center Roy Hibbert to no points, one rebound and one blocked shot in 20-plus minutes. Hibbert was such a non-factor that Indiana coach Frank Vogel kept him on the bench in the fourth quarter.

``I love the kid,'' Vogel said. ``He has great heart, gave great effort. He didn't have it tonight.''

West gave Atlanta fits for much of the game, twice hitting 3-pointers at the shot-clock buzzer, but his offensive movement away from the ball opened up chances for teammates and helped him find good looks to score 11 points in the fourth.

``We knew David West had it going,'' Teague said, ``so we just had to try to do our best to let him see a double-team and a wall, and we got some big stops.''

George finished with 18 points and George Hill added 15 for Indiana. Hill started and played 33 minutes despite a sore right groin.

West liked the Pacers' chances before the game with Smith, Harris and Morrow unable to play. It just didn't work out the way he had hoped.

``Even though we had it close, they controlled the game from start to finish,'' West said. ``They were locked in offensively. We just couldn't put up a big enough fight to slow them down.''

Kyle Korver scored five points in a single possession late in the third to push the lead to 12 points.

After officials watched a video replay, the call was upheld that Lance Stephenson committed a flagrant foul on Korver, pushing him to the floor on a play away from the ball. Korver hit both free throws and then a 3-pointer at the 4:10 mark to make it 77-65.

``He purposely ran at me,'' Korver said. ``I saw him coming. I knew he was going to hit me like that. I just took it, you know? But he put a shoulder into my chest.''

The Hawks' lead swelled to 18 with 2:12 remaining in the third on Johnson's putback.

Horford, who played 37 minutes despite a right hip contusion, hit a 17-footer to make it 93-88 with 5:02 remaining.

Indiana never led after Korver's 3-pointer made it 18-16 at the 4:13 mark of the first.

NOTES: Smith was injured in Friday's win at Cleveland. Drew listed his status as day to day. ... Stephenson was helped off the floor with 5:44 remaining after getting hit on the left side of the face. ... Atlanta has won 11 straight at home over Indiana and four straight overall. ... Harris missed his six straight games with a sore left foot. ... Morrow is recovering from a strained right hip after getting hurt at Cleveland. ... Pacers reserve G Sam Young did not travel with the team because of the flu. ... Atlanta is 4-0 with Williams in the starting lineup.

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49ers seal rainy victory over Redskins with slip-n-slide celebration

49ers seal rainy victory over Redskins with slip-n-slide celebration

After coming across the country and holding the Redskins scoreless, the 49ers celebrated their victory over Washington in the most appropriate way possible.

In a rain-fulfilled contest that featured poor field conditions, including multiple puddles throughout the playing surface at FedExField, several players on both sides slipped constantly on Sunday. 

On the last play of the game with a San Francisco victory just seconds away, 49ers rookie Nick Bosa sacked Redskins quarterback Case Keenum as the clock winded down. Bosa celebrated with a headfirst slide across the grass, fully embracing the poor field conditions that affected both sides all afternoon long.

But as soon as Bosa hit the turf, several of his 49ers teammates joined him in the act. All of a sudden, dozens of white jerseys were sliding across the wet grass, as the two teams began to commemorate postgame.

"It was a lot of fun. It was definitely worth it," 49ers defensive end Deforest Buckner said. "I saw Bosa out there sliding, so I said, 'Let's do it.' Everybody else started sliding around and everything. It was like a bunch of little kids out there. That's part of the game, having fun. Right now, we're having a lot of fun."

Even head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was likely happier about this victory than many others, considered joining in.

"I did think about it," Shanahan said. "But I don't think I would have done it right."

The head coach wasn't the only 49er to sit the celebration out.

"I spent plenty of time getting wet in the game," tight end George Kittle said. "I let other guys do [the celebration] for me."

"I saw those guys running and diving on the ground," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "I was like, I got out of this one healthy, so I'm just going to go. I'm just going to observe and then jog to the sideline, but it was fun. It was the 'Mud Bowl 2019 Champions.'"

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also sat the celebration out, but not by choice.

"I missed the slide. I was upset about that," he said.

After holding the Redskins to zero points and just 154 total yards, the 49ers deserved to celebrate in any way they wanted. And they did just that.

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Marcus Peters nabs pick-six off Russell Wilson in first game with Ravens

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The Ravens’ secondary was a big area of concern through the first six weeks of the season, as the team had allowed the eighth-most passing yards per game (269.5) in the NFL—and the loss of safety Tony Jefferson to a torn ACL only made the struggles all the more alarming.

So the Baltimore front office went out and traded for Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, shipping linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick to Los Angeles for the two-time Pro Bowler. He suited up for his first contest with the team in Week 7 against the Seahawks, and it only took two quarters for him to make a big impact on the game.

Peters returned Russell Wilson’s pass 67 yards to the house, putting Baltimore ahead in the road contest against one of the teams atop the NFC standings. The interception was his third of the season.

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