Amare Stoudemire blocked a shot by Brad Miller with less than a second remaining that would have tied the game, and the Phoenix Suns beat the host Sacramento Kings, 125-123, in a thrilling matchup of the Pacific Division's top two teams.
Miller, Chris Webber, and Mike Bibby immediately began yelling at official Bernie Fryer, calling for goaltending. But several replays showed it was a clean block.
Steve Nash scored a season-high 33 points with 17 assists as the Suns snapped an eight-game losing streak in Arco Arena to win for the eighth time in nine games. Nash has passed for 11 or more assists in each of his last seven games.
Webber had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists for his third triple double this season and second in as many games -- marking the first time in Sacramento franchise history a player has recorded back-to-back triple doubles.
Bulls 107, Mavericks 100 -- Luol Deng had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 23 points, including several big buckets in the fourth quarter, to lead visiting Chicago past Dallas.
The Bulls won for the 23d time, matching last season's total. This one ended a three-game losing streak and put them over .500 in February for the first time since Michael Jordan's last season.
Defeating Dallas was another first since the Jordan era. Chicago had lost 13 straight to the Mavericks and hadn't won in Dallas since Nov. 29, 1996.
This victory ruined Mavs coach Don Nelson's return to the bench after a 10-game absence while having his right shoulder surgically repaired. The loss also kept him from tying Dick Motta for the most coaching wins in team history.
Spurs 104, Bobcats 85 -- Not even the absence of Tim Duncan could slow host San Antonio, which got a big lift from the return of Rasho Nesterovic in a victory over Charlotte.
With Duncan out for the first time this season with a sprained ankle, Nesterovic marked his return to the starting lineup after a six-game absence with 15 points and eight rebounds in just 22 minutes.
Nesterovic made his first seven shots against a Charlotte team that struggled to defend him. He finished 7 of 9 from the floor.
Tony Parker had 20 points, Manu Ginobili had 12, and Bruce Bowen added 10 for the Spurs, who improved to an NBA-best 39-10.
Warriors 113, Magic 109 -- Jason Richardson scored 11 of his 32 points in the final 3:24, and Golden State defeated host Orlando to snap a 10-game road losing streak.
Derek Fisher had 25 points, while Adonal Foyle scored 13 of his season-high 15 in the fourth quarter. Orlando was led by Grant Hill's 28 points, including the Magic's first 12.
Cavaliers 104, Raptors 91 -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points, fellow All-Star LeBron James flirted with his third triple double in limited action and host Cleveland rolled over Toronto.
James, voted to start for the Eastern Conference in his first All-Star Game at age 20, had 15 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds in just 36 minutes.
SuperSonics 108, Hornets 91 -- Ray Allen scored 26 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 18 points off the bench for host Seattle.
Playing in his second game since missing two contests with a bad case of the flu, Allen played 36 minutes and shot 11 for 17, including a 3-pointer. Radmanovic made four 3-pointers.
Grizzlies 108, Timberwolves 96 -- Lorenzen Wright had 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading six Memphis players in double figures as the host Grizzlies defeated struggling Minnesota, which has lost six straight.
Nuggets 97, Jazz 87 -- Earl Boykins came off the bench to score 20 points, outscoring all five Utah starters by himself, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 points in the host Nuggets' victory.