Dallas edges Bulls
CHICAGO – Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, Rodrigue Beaubois and Caron Butler added 24 apiece and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 122-116 Saturday to extend their season-high win streak to 11 games.
Nowitzki scored 13 in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks hung on after watching a 14-point lead shrink to four, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.
Derrick Rose scored 34 points, but the Bulls simply couldn’t get the stops they needed.
Bucks 92, Cavaliers 85
MILWAUKEE – Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Milwaukee beat Cleveland while LeBron James watched from the bench and limping noticeably off it.
Jennings, who said earlier this week maybe he’d stop shooting after several poor performances, hit five 3-pointers and went 6 of 14 from the field.
Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Cavs lost their 10th straight dating to 2007 without James in the lineup.
Nets 113, Knicks 93
NEW YORK – Devin Harris scored 31 points and the New Jersey Nets erased an early 16-point deficit to beat New York, improving the NBA’s worst record to 7-55.
David Lee scored 23 points and Wilson Chandler had 20 for the Knicks, who set an NBA record for 3-point futility by missing all 18 attempts while losing for the 12th time in 14 games.
Spurs 102, Grizzlies 92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Richard Jefferson scored 18 points, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili added 17 each and San Antonio defeated tMemphis.
The victory was the Spurs’ fourth straight and extended the Grizzlies’ skid at home to eight losses in a row.
Six Spurs finished in double figures, including Matt Bonner who had 13 points, including shooting 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
George Hill added 11 and DeJuan Blair 10.
O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 23 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Heat 100, Hawks 94
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade scored 38 points, and Michael Beasley capped a big fourth quarter with seven consecutive points in the final two minutes, helping short-handed Miami beat Atlanta .
Beasley scored 14 of his 22 points in the final period, and his late spurt gave the Heat a six-point lead. Atlanta failed to score on five consecutive possessions in the last three minutes, committing three consecutive turnovers during the stretch.
Wade made four 3-pointers, hit 14 of 18 free throws and added 10 assists. Quentin Richardson sank five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Miami.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – D.J. Augustin scored 19 points off the bench, Gerald Wallace added 18 before getting ejected, and Charlotte pulled away late to beat Golden State and spoil Stephen Curry’s return home.
With much fanfare, the Charlotte native and former Davidson star played his first game as a pro here in front of sellout crowd that gave him a standing ovation and cheered most of his made baskets. Curry scored 25 points, but shot just 8 of 23 and the depleted Warriors faded in the fourth quarter in their fourth straight loss.
Wallace scored all of his points in the second half and added 10 rebounds, but was tossed after elbowing Anthony Tolliver in the face in a tussle with 59 seconds left.
Rockets 112, Timberwolves 98
MINNEAPOLIS – Luis Scola had 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and struggling Houston righted itself with a victory over Minnesota.
Kevin Martin had 30 points and Aaron Brooks added 25 points and nine assists for the Rockets.
The game against Minnesota couldn’t have come at a better time for Houston, which had lost five of seven to fall to 10th place in the West since acquiring Martin in a trade with Sacramento.
Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Ryan Gomes scored 17 for the Timberwolves, who have lost five in a row and 11 of their last 12.
Jazz 107, Clippers 85
SALT LAKE CITY – Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer got his 40th double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds, leading Utah over Los Angeles.
Deron Williams had 10 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, who atoned for getting upset by the Clippers less than a week before and won a vital home game.
Utah had played two straight on the road is off on a four-game trip starting Tuesday in Chicago.
Drew Gooden had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Clippers.
Suns 113, Pacers 105
PHOENIX (AP) – Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points for the third consecutive game and the Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 113-105 on Saturday for the 1,900th victory in franchise history in a game marred by two fights and eight technical fouls.
Things got heated with 46.7 seconds remaining in the third period when the Pacers’ Earl Watson appeared to push the Suns’ Channing Frye.
Indiana’s Danny Granger then took a swipe at Frye, who swung back. The Pacers’ Roy Hibbert and the Suns’ Jason Richardson joined the altercation, and both were hit with technicals, along with Granger.
Frye was assessed two technical fouls, an automatic ejection.
Things were also testy midway through the second period when Indiana’s Josh McRoberts and Phoenix’s Louis Amundson scuffled. Both were given technicals.