Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks halted the Spurs’ winning streak at 12 games, winning in San Antonio, 103-94, last night.
Shawn Marion scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas, which probably took extra satisfaction finally handing the Spurs a loss. Last time the Mavericks were in San Antonio, their season ended in a stunning playoff ouster to the Spurs.
Manu Ginobili had 31 points for the Spurs, 16 in the first quarter.
But the Mavericks, who lost all three playoff games in San Antonio in their first-round loss last season, pulled away with a 14-2 run in the final five minutes.
Tyson Chandler scored 13 of his 19 points from the foul line for Dallas, which has won four straight.
George Hill scored 21 points off the bench and gave San Antonio what would be its final lead with 4:45 left after a steal and tiptoe-act in front of the scorer’s table before coasting in for a layup.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and his bench erupted, screaming that Hill had stepped out of bounds. Turned out Dallas had nothing to worry about. Marion gave the Mavericks the lead right back. Three turnovers doomed the Spurs after that.
Heat 99, 76ers 90 — Dwyane Wade had 23 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds, LeBron James added 20 points, and the Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to topple Philadelphia and snap a three-game losing streak.
Chris Bosh scored 18 points and Carlos Arroyo had a season-high 17 for Miami, which struggled for large stretches against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. James had eight rebounds and six assists.
The 76ers were down just 8 with 3:30 left when Brand missed a 10-footer from the left baseline, and that was their last gasp. Wade scored the game’s next 5 points.
Jazz 102, Lakers 96 — Deron Williams scored 29 points and Andrei Kirilenko grabbed two key rebounds late as Utah rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to defeat Los Angeles in Salt Lake City.
Williams tied the score at 96 with 1:16 remaining on a 3-pointer, then stole the ball and passed to Raja Bell for what proved to be the winner.
Ron Artest and Paul Gasol both missed shots late for the Lakers (13-3), who saw their five-game winning streak end.
Magic 111, Cavaliers 100 — Dwight Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 20 points, and host Orlando defeated Cleveland.
J.J. Redick, starting for the second straight game in place of the injured Vince Carter, added 15 points for Orlando, which won for the sixth time in its last seven games.
Thunder 100, Pacers 96 — Russell Westbrook scored 43 points and Kevin Durant made clutch shots late for Oklahoma City in its overtime victory over host Indiana.
Westbrook was 13 of 24 from the field and made 17 of 18 free throws and Oklahoma City overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to win its fifth consecutive road game.
Hornets 97, Trail Blazers 78 — Reserve Willie Green scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Trevor Ariza added 18, and New Orleans got back on track in Portland.
Chris Paul had 16 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who had one of the best starts in the NBA but had dropped two of their previous three games on a West Coast road trip.
Bobcats 99, Rockets 89 — Boris Diaw had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Gerald Wallace overcame a poor shooting night to add 21 points and 14 boards, and host Charlotte beat slumping Houston to snap a two-game losing streak.
Pistons 103, Bucks 89 — Rodney Stuckey had 18 points and seven assists, Richard Hamilton contributed 15 points and nine assists and host Detroit routed Milwaukee.
Nuggets 98, Bulls 97 — Carmelo Anthony made a jumper as time expired and host Denver, after blowing a 19-point, third-quarter lead, came back to down Chicago.
Suns 116, Clippers 108 — Jason Richardson scored 29 points, reserve Hakim Warrick had a season-high 25 and Phoenix kept Los Angeles winless on the road.
Grizzlies 116, Warriors 111 — Rudy Gay scored 25 points, O.J. Mayo added 23 in his new role off the bench, and host Memphis withstood a late rally to top Golden State.