76ers 100, Mavericks 98
Evan Turner scored 22 points and Thaddeus Young had 20 to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers over the Dallas Mavericks.
Jrue Holiday had 18 points and seven assists for the Sixers, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas.
The Sixers shot 6-of-14 on 3-pointers and won their second game in a row.
Chris Kaman scored 20 points, and Elton Brand and Shawn Marion had 17 apiece for the Mavericks. Vince Carter added 15 and was clutch in the fourth quarter in trying to bring Dallas back from a 10-point hole.
The 76ers finally created some space in a back-and-forth game when they snapped a tie with a 10-0 run midway through the fourth.
The highlight came when Holiday stole the ball, took off running and dished to a driving Young down the lane for a three-point play and a 90-81 lead.
Carter, long a nuisance against Philadelphia, ended the Sixers’ streak with a 3-pointer for a Dallas team trying to stay afloat with Dirk Nowitzki (knee) out about another month, at least.
The Mavericks whittled it to five until Young hit a mid-range jumper for a seven-point lead and the Sixers forced a turnover on the next possession with 90 seconds left. But they failed to score and Carter delivered again, sinking his third 3 to make it a four-point game. Carter made a left-handed layup to bring the Mavericks to 100-98 with 37 seconds left.
O.J. Mayo was fouled on a wild drive with 2.7 seconds to go but missed the first free-throw attempt. Mayo also missed the second but the Mavs recovered. Jae Crowder’s last-gasp jumper was off the mark, leaving Dallas with a 2-5 record on the road.
Brand chipped in eight rebounds for the Mavericks and played with an edge against his former team.
Rockets 117, Raptors 101
James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists, Patrick Patterson added 22 points and the host Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors.
Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won four in a row.
Andrea Bargnani scored 21 points for the Raptors.