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Nene’s 22 Points Lifts Nuggets Past Hawks In OT

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DENVER, CO - MARCH 13: Al Harrington #7 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks on March 13, 2012 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 13: Al Harrington #7 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks on March 13, 2012 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Nene scored 22 points, Ty Lawson had 21 points and seven assists and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-117 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Joe Johnson scored 34 points and Josh Smith had a season-high 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who had a chance to win it at the buzzer.

Trailing by one with 3.5 seconds left, Atlanta got the ball to Zaza Pachulia at the foul line with. He drove the open lane before Danilo Gallinari rotated over, and Pachulia missed a layup off the glass as time expired.

Gallinari had 19 points in his best game since returning from a severely sprained left ankle.

Johnson took control in overtime after Smith fouled out, scoring seven straight points in overtime.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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