Suns beat Mavs for 10th win in a row
After completing his second career triple-double, Phoenix Suns center Boris Diaw credited his defense for his strong play.
Diaw had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and helped limit Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki to three points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Suns extended their winning streak to a season-high 10 games with a 115-107 victory over the Mavericks yesterday.
"Right now the best part of my game is my defense," said the 6-foot-8 Diaw, who had his hands full guarding the 7-0 Nowitzki. "I'm always guarding players who are bigger and stronger so I try to use my quickness."
Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists, Shawn Marion had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points to help the Suns end the Mavericks' club-record 16-game home winning streak.
Nowitzki had 25 points and nine rebounds, but went 1 for 5 from the field in the final quarter.
"They adjusted and double-teamed me," Nowitzki said. "I've got to do a better job finding the open man. More than anything, we know now we need a little more consistency for longer stretches."
Marquis Daniels added 22 points and Jason Terry had 21 points for the Mavericks, who have lost two of three after winning 19 of 20. The two recent losses have come against Western Conference powers San Antonio and Phoenix.
"We can't panic," Daniels said. "We still feel confident of where we are. All good things must come to an end. We've got to start a new (home winning streak)."
Five consecutive points from Diaw put the Suns ahead for good at 102-100 with 4:07 left. Barbosa's layup with 2:57 left and Nash's 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining extended the lead to 107-100.
Dallas closed to 109-107 on Terry's 3-pointer with 1:01 left.
Timberwolves 103, Warriors 90: Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and tied his season high with 21 rebounds as host Minnesota overcame a 36-point performance by Golden State's Jason Richardson.
Pacers 94, 76ers 93: Stephen Jackson's layup with 2.9 seconds left lifted visiting Indiana. Allen Iverson had 33 points and nine assists, but couldn't lead the 76ers to their third straight victory.
Wizards 117, Kings 107: Antawn Jamison had 31 points and eight rebounds and the host Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak.
Raptors 111, Celtics 105: Morris Peterson had 27 points and Chris Bosh added 24 as host Toronto ended a six-game losing streak. Boston's Paul Pierce had 33 points.
Cavaliers 91, Bulls 72: LeBron James scored 37 points and host Cleveland had one of its best performances since the All-Star break.
Grizzlies 102, Clippers 86: Pau Gasol had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Mike Miller scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead visiting Memphis.
SuperSonics 113, Jazz 81: Rashard Lewis led six Seattle players in double figures with 22 points in just three quarters, and the host SuperSonics rolled past Utah.
Rockets 102, Trail Blazers 84: Yao Ming had 32 points and 13 rebounds as host Houston beat Portland for the ninth straight time.
ANTHONY, JAMES NAMED TO 23-PLAYER ROSTER
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Lamar Odom are among six members of the 2004 Olympic bronze medal team selected by USA Basketball for a possible spot on the world championship and 2008 Beijing Olympic teams.
National team managing director Jerry Colangelo announced the team yesterday.
Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade, members of the 2004 Athens team, also were selected to the 23-man roster.
Other members: Kobe Bryant, Gilbert Arenas, Shane Battier, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand, Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, Brad Miller, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Michael Redd and Luke Ridnour; J.J. Redick (Duke) and Adam Morrison (Gonzaga) were the college players chosen. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach the USA team.