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Monday, March 8, 2010

Mavs stretch hot streak to 11

CHICAGO (AP) Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, Rodrigue Beaubois and Caron Butler added 24 apiece and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 122-116 Saturday to extend their season-high win streak to 11 games.

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Controlled effort: Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer takes a shot as Rockets guard Kevin Martin defends in first-half action on Saturday. Houston defeated Minnesota 112-98. AP PHOTO

Nowitzki scored 13 in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks hung on after watching a 14-point lead shrink to four, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.

Derrick Rose scored 34 points, but the Bulls simply couldn't get the stops they needed. Dallas shot 56.3 percent and got 18 points from Shawn Marion to go with the big performances by Nowitzki, Butler and Beaubois, a late addition to the lineup after center Brendan Haywood was scratched with tightness in his lower back.

Beaubois, a rookie, came up big again after scoring what was then a career-high 22 the previous night against Sacramento. He scored 18 in the third quarter as Dallas extended its lead to 94-80, and the Mavericks improved their longest streak since a 17-game run three years ago.

The Bulls made a big push in the fourth quarter, starting it on a 14-4 run that included a jumper and two 3-pointers by Jannero Pargo, the second making it 98-94 with 7:59 remaining. Nowitzki then hit a fadeaway jumper, Butler nailed a 3 and Dallas hung on for the win.

It was another rough night for Chicago, which was playing the third of nine straight games against playoff contenders.

Suns 113, Pacers 105

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points for the third consecutive game and the Suns beat Indiana for the 1,900th victory in franchise history in a game marred by two fights and eight technical fouls.

Bucks 92, Cavaliers 85

In Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and the Bucks beat Cleveland while LeBron James watched from the bench and limped noticeably off it.

Nets 113, Knicks 93

In New York, Devin Harris scored 31 points and New Jersey erased an early 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks, improving the NBA's worst record to 7-55.

Spurs 102, Grizzlies 92

In Memphis, Richard Jefferson scored 18 points, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili added 17 each and San Antonio defeated the Grizzlies.

Heat 100, Hawks 94

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 38 points, and Michael Beasley capped a big fourth quarter with seven consecutive points in the final two minutes, helping the short-handed Heat beat Atlanta.

Bobcats 101, Warriors 90

In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin scored 19 points off the bench, Gerald Wallace added 18 before getting ejected, and the Bobcats pulled away late to beat Golden State and spoil Stephen Curry's return home.

Rockets 112, Timberwolves 98

In Minneapolis, Luis Scola had 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and Houston righted itself with a victory over the Timberwolves.

Jazz 107, Clippers 85

In Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer got his 40th double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds, leading Utah over Los Angeles.



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