Andre Miller scored a career-high 52 points, including 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Juwan Howard hit a jumper with 44.8 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Mavericks, 114-112, last night in Dallas.
Miller was 22 of 31 from the floor and hit 7 of 8 from the foul line as the Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Portland scored the final 6 points, including Miller’s layup that tied the game at 112. On the Blazers’ next possession, Howard connected on a 15-foot jumper that gave Portland a 114-112 lead.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, but he missed two shots in the final minute and one just before the buzzer that could have sent the game into a second overtime.
Miller fell 2 points shy of the Portland team record set by Damon Stoudamire. Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings has the most points in the NBA this season with 55 on Nov. 14.
Hornets 109, Grizzlies 102 - Emeka Okafor had 21 points, Darren Collison added 17 and a career-high 18 assists and New Orleans snapped Memphis’s 11-game home winning streak.
New Orleans overcame a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to win its third game out of the four.
Collison’s steal and dunk with 24 seconds left put the game out of reach.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol had 25 points apiece for Memphis, which had not lost a home game since a 110-105 defeat to the Celtics Dec. 4.
Magic 104, Hawks 86 - Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds and host Orlando coasted to a victory over Atlanta.
The Magic took over first place in the Southeast Division and beat the Hawks for the third straight time. Rashard Lewis added 17 points, Ryan Anderson had 16, and J.J. Redick had 8 points and a career-high seven assists as the Magic reserves had 32 points and 11 assists.
Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford had 19 points apiece for the Hawks. Al Horford, selected to back up Howard in the All-Star Game, had only 4 points and four rebounds against Howard.
Wizards 106, Knicks 96 - Mike Miller scored a season-high 25 points - including seven 3-pointers - and Antawn Jamison had 21 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to lead host Washington past New York.
Miller, who missed 26 games due to injuries this season, had four 3-pointers late in the third quarter and early in the fourth as the Wizards took an 85-73 lead with 10:45 to play in the fourth quarter.
David Lee led the Knicks with 24 points. Al Harrington, New York’s second-leading scorer, did not play because of a sore right knee.
Bobcats 103, Kings 96 - Gerald Wallace scored a season-high 38 points and had 11 rebounds as Charlotte won in Sacramento.
Kevin Martin scored 31 points for the Kings, who have dropped two straight and 9 of 10.
Bucks 95, Heat 84 - Hakim Warrick scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and host Milwaukee held off Miami.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 21 points.