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Nowitzki, Dallas run past Knicks

Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire drives past Mavericks’ Tyson Chandler and teammate Jason Kidd but New York lost to Dallas on its home floor. Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire drives past Mavericks’ Tyson Chandler and teammate Jason Kidd but New York lost to Dallas on its home floor. (Frank Franklin Ii/Associated Press)
Associated Press / February 3, 2011

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Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks seized control in the third quarter before beating the Knicks, 113-97, last night in New York for their sixth straight victory.

Jose Barea added 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 11 boards for the Mavericks, who outscored the Knicks, 26-6, to open the second half and went on to their fifth consecutive win in New York.

This one wasn’t as dominant as the Mavs’ 128-78 rout Jan 24, 2010, their most lopsided win ever and the Knicks’ worst loss on their home floor. But Dallas was just as impressive in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third quarter en route to its 16th win in the past 18 meetings overall.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Amar’e Stoudemire finished with 21, but missed all five shots in the second half before leaving for good as the Knicks went deep into their bench.

Playing without starting forward Wilson Chandler for the third straight game because of a sore left calf, the Knicks missed 26 of 36 shots over a nearly 20-minute span bridging the second and third quarters. Toney Douglas had 22 points off the bench, but starting guards Raymond Felton and Landry Fields were a combined 6 of 25.

Pacers 117, Cavaliers 112 — Cleveland’s slide reached 22 games — one shy of the NBA’s season record — as Danny Granger scored 23 points and Darren Collison added 22 to lead visiting Indiana.

Unless they can win tomorrow in Memphis, the Cavs (8-41) will match the league’s all-time mark for consecutive futility, a record shared by the 1995-96 expansion Vancouver Grizzlies and 1997-98 Denver Nuggets.

Rockets 97, Jazz 96 — Kevin Martin scored on a 3-point play with 6.9 seconds left and finished with 22 points to lead visiting Houston to a come-from-behind victory over shorthanded Utah.

C.J. Miles missed a last-second 3-pointer that would have won it for the Jazz, who were without starters Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko.

Bobcats 97, Pistons 87 — Stephen Jackson scored a season-high 39 points and Charlotte beat Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Former Pistons center Kwame Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Suns 92, Bucks 77 — Suns’ Martin Gortat had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Milwaukee suffered its 23d consecutive loss in Phoenix.

The depleted Bucks, with Andrew Bogut a game-time scratch because of a bruised knee and Drew Gooden out four to six weeks for foot surgery, shot a season-low 31 percent and had to heat up in the fourth quarter to get the number that high.

Nuggets 109, Trail Blazers 90 — Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups scored 20 points each and host Denver beat Portland.

Wesley Matthews had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and nine rebounds for Portland.

76ers 106, Nets 92 — Lou Williams scored 26 points and Jrue Holiday had 11 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to lead Philadelphia’s victory in Newark, N.J.

Jodie Meeks added 10 of his 15 points in a 14-2 third-quarter run that broke the game open and led to the ejection of Nets coach Avery Johnson for arguing a non-call after Nets’ Devin Harris apparently was fouled by Elton Brand.

Thunder 104, Hornets 93 — Kevin Durant continued a scoring tear with 43 points and 10 rebounds and led a key fourth-quarter run and host Oklahoma City beat New Orleans.

Durant eclipsed 40 points for the third time in four games, and he leads the NBA with five 40-point games this season.

Grizzlies 102, Timberwolves 84 — Rudy Gay had 22 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 23 points and 13 boards to lead visiting Memphis over Minnesota.

Hawks 100, Raptors 87 — Joe Johnson scored a season-high 37 points, Josh Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and host Atlanta handed Toronto its 13th straight loss.

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