Mavs rally to 13th win in row
DALLAS — Top scorer Dirk Nowitzki was struggling, and the Dallas Mavericks needed points from other sources.
Jason Kidd, Caron Butler, rookie Roddy Beaubois and Shawn Marion picked up the slack.
Kidd had 20 points and nine assists, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and the Mavericks recovered from an 18-point, first-half deficit to match the NBA's longest winning streak this season with their 13th straight victory, 96-87 over the New Jersey Nets last night.
Butler and Beaubois each added 16 points and Marion had 14 points, helping the Mavericks equal Cleveland's winning streak from Jan. 10-Feb. 11.
Nowitzki, who has 16 games this season with 30 or more points and two with 40-plus, went 3 for 16 from the field and finished with 12 points.
"Dirk didn't play that well, but he's not always going to have 20 or 30 points," Kidd said. "So everybody stepped up. When I get the ball, I know what to do with it."
HEAT 108, CLIPPERS 97
Dwyane Wade had 27 points and eight assists to help Miami beat Los Angeles and extend its longest home winning streak of the season to four games.
JAZZ 115, PISTONS 104
Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists, and six teammates scored in double figures as visiting Utah beat Detroit for the 10th straight time.
BOBCATS 102, 76ERS 87
Gerald Wallace scored 28 points and Stephen Jackson added 24 points and 10 rebounds as visiting Charlotte beat Philadelphia for its fourth straight victory.
THUNDER 98, HORNETS 84
Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 and host Oklahoma City beat New Orleans, playing without Peja Stojakovic (abdominal strain).
NUGGETS 110, TIMBERWOLVES 102
Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and visiting Denver used a 15-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to take control and beat Minnesota.
SPURS 97, KNICKS 87
Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Tim Duncan had 18 to lead host San Antonio over New York, which clinched a franchise-record ninth consecutive losing season.
GRIZZLIES 111, CELTICS 91
Rudy Gay scored 28 points and Memphis beat Boston for the first time in seven games since 2006 with its franchise-record seventh straight road win.
KINGS 113, RAPTORS 90
Tyreke Evans recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, leading host Sacramento over Toronto.