Lakers 103, Mavericks 99
Kobe Bryant had 38 points to win a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the host Dallas Mavericks in a matchup of teams fighting to get in the playoff race.
With chants of MVP from a strong contingent of Lakers fans, Bryant scored 14 in the fourth, including seven in the final 3 minutes to hold off a spirited Dallas effort.
Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a chance to pull virtually even with the Lakers for ninth place in the Western Conference. Houston is in eighth, with a cushion of several games.
Steve Nash had 13 of his 20 points in the second half against his former team in a game that neither team led by more than six.
Warriors 100, Timberwolves 99
Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists, and David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds to rally Golden State to a victory over host Minnesota.
The Warriors trailed by 16 in the first quarter before Jack came off the bench to jumpstart the offense — as he has all season. Fellow reserve Carl Landry added 19 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which has won three in a row following a six-game losing streak.
Derrick Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Luke Ridnour’s dash down the court ended with a floater that was off the mark.
Ricky Rubio had 16 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six steals for Minnesota.
Grizzlies 76, Nets 72
Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies won their seventh in a row.
Tony Allen chipped in 12 points, including two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to give Memphis a 74-72 lead. Allen was originally credited with a basket after Brooklyn’s MarShon Brooks was called for goaltending. After the referees looked over replays they switched their call and gave Allen two shots after he was grabbed by Nets forward Mirza Teletovic on the field-goal attempt.
Deron Williams, who led Brooklyn with 24 points, then turned the ball over as he attempted to pass it to Teletovic. Williams fouled Mike Conley, who sealed it with a pair of free throws.
Tayshaun Prince had 11 points to help the Grizzlies improve to 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 80 points.
C.J. Watson had 11 points and Andray Blatche added 10 for the Nets, who were without Joe Johnson because of a sore left heel.
Knicks 99, 76ers 93
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22, and the host New York Knicks snapped their longest losing streak of the season at four games.
Anthony made 16-of-18 free throws and also was called for a flagrant foul for the fired-up Knicks, who have fallen behind Indiana into third place in the Eastern Conference and whose Atlantic Division lead over the Brooklyn Nets is down to two games.
They were sharp enough to build a couple of big leads and turn away the runs Philadelphia made, handing the 76ers their eighth straight road loss.
All-Star Jrue Holiday had 30 points, five rebounds and five assists for the 76ers, who have lost five in a row overall. Evan Turner had 21 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 points and 10 rebounds after missing six games with a strained left hamstring.
Hornets 110, Kings 95
Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 17 points and eight assists to lead the host New Orleans Hornets. Ryan Anderson scored 17 points, Roger Mason had 13, and Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez 12 apiece for New Orleans, which won its first game since an 0-3 start following the All-Star break.
The Hornets also improved to 18-12 when holding opponents below 100 points.
John Salmons scored all 18 of his points in the second half for the Kings. Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas each added 16 as Sacramento lost its fifth consecutive overall and eight straight on the road.
Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton had 12 points each for Sacramento.
The Hornets broke open a close game with a 17-7 spurt to open the fourth quarter and take a 96-83 lead with 6:05 remaining.