Mavericks 100, Bulls 98
Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and host Dallas rallied to beat Chicago on Saturday.
The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3˝ minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.
After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.
Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago’s first game since ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. Carlos Boozer and Deng also had 25 points for the Bulls, who had won three in a row.
The Mavericks trailed 97-85 after Deng hit the Bulls’ sixth 3-pointer of the final quarter.
Nowitzki made a 3 to cut Dallas’ deficit to 97-95 with 53.9 seconds left. The Bulls, who missed three out of four foul shots in the final minute, got a free throw from Boozer with 41.2 seconds remaining.
Nowitzki then hit a step-back jumper to get Dallas within one and Vince Carter fouled Butler, who was open on a cut near the basket.
Hawks 97, Magic 88
Ivan Johnson scored a season-high 21 points off the bench, and Devin Harris had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as host Atlanta pulled away to beat Orlando. Atlanta took a 45-44 lead into halftime when Josh Smith beat the buzzer off an offensive rebound as time expired. Johnson, who received extended playing time largely because Hawks center Al Horford missed his second straight game with a stomach illness, added 10 rebounds. The Magic (19-55) tied the score late in the third quarter, but never regained the lead.
Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 86
Marc Gasol scored 21 points and Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat host Minnesota. Mike Conley scored 19 and Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who ended a five-game road losing streak with their 11th straight win over Minnesota. Ricky Rubio just missed his second career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Rockets 98, Clippers 81
Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece to lead host Houston. Garcia had his best game as a Rocket, hitting 3 of 5 shots from beyond the arc as a spark off the bench to help Houston snap a two-game losing streak. Point guard Chris Paul was the only Clippers starter to play in the final quarter, finishing with 19 points, seven assists and three steals.
Thunder 109, Bucks 99
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and Oklahoma City beat host Milwaukee. Durant shot 10 of 19 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee.
76ers 100, Bobcats 92
Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch and Evan Turner finished with 21 for host Philadelphia. After going 1 for 9 in the first three quarters, Holiday got 11 of his 14 points in the fourth to help the Sixers win for the seventh time in 11 games. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 21 for Charlotte, which has the worst record in the NBA.
Jazz 116, Nets 107
Randy Foye scored 26 points, tying a career high with eight 3-pointers, and the host Utah Jazz defeated the Brooklyn Nets to keep Deron Williams winless against his former team. The victory was the fourth straight for Utah (38-36). The Jazz forced 17 turnovers by the Nets. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn (42-31) with 27 points.