Caron Butler scored 7 of his 23 points in a key run for Dallas to start the second half and the host Mavericks went on to win their fifth straight game, 106-95, over the struggling Miami Heat last night.
Miami lost for the fourth time in five games, as Dallas won its 13th consecutive regular-season game in the series since March 2004.
While Miami missed its first 10 shots after halftime, Dallas scored 13 consecutive points and led 64-49 when Butler hit a 3-pointer with 7:55 left in the third quarter. That came only 30 seconds after Butler’s layup on an assist from Jason Kidd.
LeBron James had 23 points despite making only 5 of 19 field goals. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both had 22 points.
Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points for Dallas, while Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 17 rebounds.
Wizards 100, Magic 99 — Dwight Howard scored a season-high 32 points, including the winning putback with 4.3 seconds left, and had 11 rebounds to lift visiting Orlando.
Quentin Richardson scored 20 points for the Magic, who have won seven of their last eight games in Washington.
Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 31 points, but his floater at the buzzer hit the back of the rim and bounced away. Arenas scored all 9 of Washington’s points in the final four minutes.
Nick Young scored 21 points and Andray Blatche scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who ended a three-game home winning streak.
Hawks 99, Knicks 90 — Jamal Crawford scored 21 points off the bench and visiting Atlanta held off New York to snap the Knicks’ five-game winning streak.
Crawford, a former Knicks guard, was helped out by 17 points and nine rebounds from Al Horford and 14 points from Mike Bibby. Josh Smith and Marvin Williams had 13 each for the Hawks, who have won two straight after a three-game slide.
New York trailed by 18 at the half and closed within 4 points in the fourth quarter on a driving lay-up by Wilson Chandler and a free throw after the score. The Hawks then scored 7 straight on a 3-pointer by Crawford, a hook shot by Horford, and his turnaround jumper.
Amar’e Stoudemire had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.
76ers 102, Nets 86 — Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 13 assists and Thaddeus Young sparked a fourth-quarter spurt to lead host Philadelphia past New Jersey, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Andre Iguodala contributed 16 points and Lou Williams added 15 for the Sixers, who had only five turnovers.
Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 25 points, Devin Harris added 19, and Kris Humphries had 15 rebounds.
Warriors 104, Timberwolves 94 — Dorell Wright scored 30 points and set a franchise record with nine 3-pointers to lead Golden State over host Minnesota, snapping the Warriors’ five-game losing streak.
Monta Ellis had 26 points and 10 assists for the Warriors.
Kevin Love had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves, his fourth 20-20 game of the season. Michael Beasley had 28 points for the Wolves, who have lost four in a row.
Cavaliers 92, Grizzlies 86 — Mo Williams scored 25 points and J.J. Hickson added 16 as Cleveland beat visiting Memphis.
Williams hit a clutch 10-foot floater with 6.5 seconds left, added a season-high 12 assists, and made four 3-pointers for the Cavaliers, who missed their first 13 shots in the fourth.
Bucks 104, Bobcats 101 — Brandon Jennings scored 32 points and made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to seal host Milwaukee’s victory.
D.J. Augustin scored 26 points for Charlotte, which made it 102-101 after Kwame Brown made one of two free throws with 7.1 seconds left.
Bulls 96, Kings 85 — Derrick Rose had 30 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds for visiting Chicago, which held Sacramento to 28 second-half points.