NBA: Mavericks hammer Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Caron Butler scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and the Dallas Mavericks became the latest team to topple the reconstructed Orlando Magic in a 105-99 victory Tuesday night.
Tyson Chandler added 16 points to help the Mavericks pull away in the fourth quarter for their 16th win in 17 games. A night after winning at Miami, they shot 50 percent from the floor, including 46 percent from 3-point range.
The Magic have lost their first two games since Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu were acquired on Saturday, and eight of their last nine. Dwight Howard had 26 points and 23 rebounds but got no help from teammates.
Bucks 98, Lakers 79
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Earl Boykins scored a season-high 22 points, John Salmons added 20 and short-handed Milwaukee stunned Los Angeles, snapping the two-time defending champions’ five-game winning streak.
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and Pau Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who belly-flopped in their final tuneup before a Christmas visit from the Miami Heat.
Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had lost three straight and were down to nine healthy players against the Lakers, who had beaten them six straight times.
Bulls 121, 76ers 76
CHICAGO (AP) – Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 22 points, and Chicago beat Philadelphia for its eighth win in nine games.
Despite missing big men Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Chicago dominated nearly every offensive category and recorded its most lopsided win of the season.
Rose also had 12 assists for his seventh double-double, while Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Kurt Thomas added 12 points.
Andre Iguodala scored 17 points and reserve Thaddeus Young added 12 for Philadelphia.
Thunder 99, Bobcats 81
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Oklahoma City overcame a poor shooting night by dominating the fourth quarter in a victory over reeling Charlotte.
The Thunder entered the final period trailing 69-68, but responded with a 25-3 run. The Bobcats missed their first 11 shots, committed five turnovers and didn’t get their first field goal until 2:52 remained, producing sarcastic cheers.
Durant hit 14-of-16 free throws and added seven rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 15 points.
Stephen Jackson scored 20 points and Boris Diaw added 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Bobcats, who dropped their fourth straight as coach Larry Brown continues to question their effort.
Nets 101, Grizzlies 94
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Brook Lopez scored 26 points, Sasha Vujacic added a season-high 16 and New Jersey snapped a 10-game road losing streak by beating Memphis.
Lopez was 8 of 14 from the field, and missed only one of his 11 free throws as New Jersey won its second straight and third in the last four games.
Devin Harris and Kris Humphries scored 12 apiece, with Humphries grabbing 15 rebounds. Travis Outlaw had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Nets outrebounded Memphis 49-39.
Marc Gasol scored 19 points and O.J. Mayo added 17, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Mike Conley finished with 13 points and eight assists. Zach Randolph had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Warriors 117, Kings 109, OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Monta Ellis scored nine of his 36 points in overtime to lift Golden State over struggling Sacramento.
The Warriors, who had lost 14 of their previous 16 games, rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Reggie Williams scored 24 points, Dorell Wright had 17 and David Lee added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors. Vladimir Radmanovic also scored 15 points.
Beno Udrih scored a career-high 34 points and Carl Landry had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Sacramento has lost six straight and 20 of 22 games.