NBA-Highlights of Friday's early NBA games

Dec 20 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's early National Basketball Association games. - - Hawks 118, Jazz 85 Led by center Al Horford's 23 points, the Atlanta Hawks continued their high-scoring ways in a 118-85 victory over the Utah Jazz, extending their winning streak to three games. Horford, a sixth-year veteran from Florida, made 11 of 15 shots from the field in only 23 minutes. He added four rebounds and one assist and did not play in the fourth quarter. Horford is averaging 23.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in the last five games (four wins). In the last four games, the Hawks (15-12) are averaging 115.5 points and have reached 100 in their last 10 games. Atlanta improved to 5-1 at Philips Arena against Western Conference teams. - - Heat 122, Kings 103 Forward Chris Bosh scored 25 points to lead the Miami Heat to 122-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings at AmericanAirlines Arena, the third time in four games that Bosh has scored more than 20 points. Heat forward LeBron James had 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Heat guard Dwyane Wade had 20 points, his fourth straight game with at least that many points. It was also a season high in points for the Heat. Forward DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Kings lost despite shooting 58 percent from the floor. - - Bobcats 116, Pistons 106 Point guard Kemba Walker scored a season-high 34 points and the Charlotte Bobcats outscored the Detroit Pistons 41-17 in the fourth quarter for a 116-106 victory at The Palace. Center Al Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth and grabbed 14 rebounds. Shooting guard Gerald Henderson contributed 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats (13-14), who trailed by as much as 20 points. Point guard Brandon Jennings led the Pistons (13-15) with 26 points and forward Josh Smith added 18 points and six rebounds. - - 76ers 121, Nets 120 (OT) Forward Evan Turner coaxed in a layup at the overtime buzzer as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-120 to snap a seven-game losing streak. Turner, who collected 29 points and 10 rebounds, took a handoff from center Spencer Hawes at the top of the circle and drove the left side of the lane before firing from close range while surrounded by defenders. The ball danced on the rim before dropping through. Forward Thaddeus Young added 25 points for the Sixers (8-19), who on Monday had been drubbed 130-94 by the Nets in Brooklyn, behind guard Joe Johnson's 37-point explosion. - - (Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)