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James, Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Jazz


March 24. 2013 11:47PM


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DALLAS — Mike James scored a season-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the slumping Utah Jazz 113-108 Sunday night.


Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 points for the Mavericks, who moved within two games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.


Enes Kanter scored 17 points as the Jazz lost their ninth straight on the road.


The score was tied midway through the third before the 37-year-old James keyed a 20-2 run which bridged the third and fourth quarters.


Rockets 96, Spurs 95


HOUSTON — James Harden sank an off-balance jumper with 4.5 seconds left to lift Houston to the victory.


Harden scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half as the Rockets rallied from three down in the final minute to snap a four-game losing streak to their state rivals.


Tony Parker scored 23 points, including 10 in a row to put San Antonio ahead with just under 2 minutes left. The Spurs led 95-94 when Harden got the ball from Omer Asik, drove to the free-throw line and hit the winning jumper with Tim Duncan in front of him and Kawhi Leonard behind him.


Duncan missed a jumper from the wing just before the buzzer sounded.


Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Asik grabbed 14 rebounds for the Rockets.


Hawks 104, Bucks 99


MILWAUKEE — Al Horford scored 24 points to help Atlanta rally for the win.


Josh Smith added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who trailed 98-95 with 1:05 remaining. Devin Harris added 16 points and Jeff Teague finished with 14.


Smith converted a layup with 33.8 seconds to tie it at 99. After the Bucks turned it over, Dahntay Jones was fouled. He made the first and missed the second, but Anthony Tolliver grabbed the rebound for Atlanta and called timeout.


Ellis scored 20 points for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 10 rebounds.


Thunder 103, Blazers 83


OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook fueled a key third-quarter spurt and the Thunder pulled away for the win.


Westbrook finished with 21 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 on 7-of-9 shooting for Oklahoma City.


Bulls 104, Timberwolves 97


MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Robinson had 22 points and 10 assists for Chicago, and Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 12 rebounds.


Luol Deng scored 17 points and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who were missing Joakim Noah for the second straight game because of plantar fasciitis.




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