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Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010

Woodson rouses Kidd in crunch time

ATLANTA (AP) Jason Kidd needed to take control. Hawks coach Mike Woodson gave him a perfect opportunity.

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Big night: Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks drives around the Hawks' Josh Smith on Friday night. Dallas beat Atlanta 111-103 in overtime. AP PHOTO

With 1:37 left in regulation, Kidd bumped into and briefly argued with Woodson, the spark Dallas needed to overcome a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat Atlanta 111-103 in overtime on Friday.

"The coach is not supposed to be on the floor," Kidd said. "You see that a lot in games. The NBA has so many rules, and there is a coaching box, and some of the coaches do stretch that box. For me, it's just a reaction. Make something happen. It was a big play for us."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 37 points, Kidd had 19 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds, and the Mavericks won their sixth straight.

Kidd had his first triple-double this season and 104th of his career, third-most in NBA history behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.

Thunder 109, Timberwolves 92

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his second triple-double against Minnesota in less than a week, and the Thunder cruised to a victory.

Durant reached 25 points for the 30th time in 31 games. The streak, snapped at 29 games on Wednesday against San Antonio, was the longest such streak since Michael Jordan scored at least 25 in 40 straight games in the 1986-87 season.

Knicks 118, Wizards 116 (OT)

In Washington, David Lee's layup with 1.6 seconds to play in overtime gave New York a victory over the Wizards.

Al Harrington scored 37 points for the Knicks.

Cavs 126, Raptors 118 (OT)

In Toronto, Mo Williams made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 22 points, LeBron James scored 36, and Cleveland beat the hosts.

Bobcats 93, Grizzlies 89

In Memphis, Stephen Jackson scored 32 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, helping Charlotte withstand a fourth-quarter rally and defeat the Grizzlies.

Bulls 115, Blazers 111 (OT)

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 33 points and Luol Deng added seven of his 23 in overtime to propel the Bulls past pesky Portland.

Suns 125, Clippers 112

In Phoenix, Robin Lopez scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and the Suns beat Los Angeles for their fifth straight victory.

Rockets 109, Spurs 104

In Houston, Kevin Martin had his best game since being traded to the Rockets, scoring 33 points to lead the Rockets over San Antonio.

Nuggets 107, Pistons 102

In Denver, Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Carmelo Anthony added 24 and the Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak to Detroit.

Hornets 100, Magic 93

In New Orleans, David West scored 40 points and the Hornets erased an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat Orlando.

Lakers 99, 76ers 90

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 11 assists, Kobe Bryant added 19 points and eight assists, and the Lakers held Philadelphia to one field goal over the final 3:40 to earn the win.

Kings 103, Jazz 99

In Sacramento, Beno Udrih scored 25 points, Tyreke Evans had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings snapped a five-game losing streak.

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