Nets 90, Spurs 84
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New Jersey Nets notched their 10th victory Monday night, avoiding any chance of tying for the worst record in NBA history by beating the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-84.
Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who grabbed control with a 15-4 run late in the fourth quarter to improve to 10-64. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73, will remain in the record books as the league’s worst team.
Public address announcer Gary Sussman shouted “We got 10! The Nets win!” after New Jersey snapped a 14-game losing streak in the series, committing a franchise record-low four turnovers in beating San Antonio for the first time since the 2003 NBA finals.
George Hill scored 19 points and former Net Richard Jefferson added 16 for the Spurs.
Mavericks 109, Nuggets 93
DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and Dallas maintained the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
Shawn Marion added 21 points and Jason Terry contributed 15 for Dallas, which increased its conference lead over Denver to 1 1-2 games.
J.R. Smith scored 27 points and Nene had 14 for the Nuggets, who lost their fifth in six games. Carmelo Anthony went 3 for 16 from the floor and had 10 points, 18.9 below his average.
Hornets 108, Lakers 100
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Chris Paul had 15 points and 13 assists, his first double-double since returning from a left knee injury, and David West scored 20 points for New Orleans.
Marcus Thornton added 18 points, including three 3-pointers, and fellow rookie Darren Collison had 17 points for the Hornets.
Kobe Bryant had 31 points and Pau Gasol added 26 points and 22 rebounds for the Lakers, who fell behind by as much as 17 points in the fourth.
Jazz 103, Knicks 98
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 23 points and 14 assists as Utah took over first place in the Northwest Division.
Paul Millsap also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who are now one game ahead of Denver in the division and within a half-game of Dallas for the No. 2 spot in the West.
Al Harrington led New York with 26 points and 17 rebounds.
Raptors 103, Bobcats 101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Chris Bosh had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu hit the go-ahead 3-pointer a day after getting benched as Toronto got a key win the playoff chase.
The Raptors (36-37) entered having lost three straight and 13 of 17, but snapped Charlotte’s three-game winning streak to stay in eighth place in the East, a game ahead of Chicago.
Raymond Felton and Stephen Jackson each scored 18 points, and Gerald Wallace added 17 for the Bobcats.