Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards ended the Dallas Mavericks' 12-game winning streak, determined to begin a streak of their own.
"It feels great," Arenas said after scoring 38 points with eight assists during the Wizards' 106-97 victory last night in Washington. "It shows what we're capable of doing if we come out and play hard. But we have to get a streak of our own pretty soon here if we want to be in that race."
All of Washington's starters scored in double figures in the first three quarters. Only once had the team accomplished that in a full game this season.
Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Caron Butler added 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Wizards, who built leads of 20 points in the first half and 31 in the third quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki, who led Dallas with 27 points, capped a 19-6 run with a 3-pointer that pulled the Mavericks to 102-95 with 1:07 remaining. Devin Harris scored 9 points during the spree and finished with 14. Jerry Stackhouse and Devean George also scored 14 points for Dallas.
"They didn't quit," Jamison said. "They finished the game like a veteran team, as they should have. They've won 12 straight, so we knew it was going to be tough since they play well on the road. We did a great job of putting them on the ropes early."
The Mavericks' 12-game winning streak was the longest in the NBA this season.
"It doesn't take much for us to get hot and make some shots. Down 20, that's doable in a game -- 30 is a huge hole and it was just too deep," Nowitzki said.
Lakers 101, Pacers 87 -- Kobe Bryant scored 21 points before leaving because of a sprained ankle, and the Pacific Division-leading Lakers beat visiting Indiana.
Bryant got an offensive rebound and missed an off-balance shot before landing on Indiana center Jeff Foster's right foot early in the third quarter. Bryant was helped off the court before walking to the dressing room without assistance.
Bryant came back to the bench a couple minutes later, but didn't return to the game.
Magic 92, Kings 89 -- Jameer Nelson hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, and Orlando snapped an 11-game losing streak in Sacramento. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who won for the seventh time in eight games. It was the Eastern Conference leaders' fifth stop on a six-game road trip, its longest of the season.
Spurs 129, Warriors 89 -- Brent Barry scored 18 points as San Antonio routed visiting Golden State. Beno Udrih scored a season-high 16 points for the Spurs, whose bench accounted for 75 points. San Antonio outrebounded the Warriors, 51-34.
Golden State never had the lead.
Jazz 101, Bucks 88 -- Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 13 rebounds to spark host Utah.
Mehmet Okur scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who held Michael Redd to 2 points in the second half.
Redd scored 57 against Utah Nov. 11 and had 16 in the first half last night, but went 1 for 6 in the last two quarters. Charlie Bell led Milwaukee with 23 points.
Knicks 98, Grizzlies 90 -- Eddy Curry scored 26 points as the Knicks earned just their second home victory of the season. David Lee added a season-high 20 points, teaming with Curry to wear out the Grizzlies' frontcourt. Curry, who had his career-best seventh straight game with 20 or more points, grabbed 15 rebounds before fouling out.