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Friday, March 12, 2010

Mavericks extend winning streak to 13

DALLAS (AP) Top scorer Dirk Nowitzki was struggling, and the Dallas Mavericks needed points from other sources.

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Boxed in: Philadelphia's Rodney Carney goes up for a shot between Charlotte's Tyrus Thomas (left) and Gerald Henderson on Wednesday night. The Bobcats won 102-87. AP PHOTO

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 a lethargic start to match the NBA's longest winning streak this season with their 13th straight victory, 96-87 over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Butler and Beaubois each added 16 points and Marion had 14 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Mavericks equal Cleveland's winning streak from Jan. 10-Feb. 11.

Nowitzki, who's had 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."

New Jersey led by as many as 18 in the first half before the Mavericks got untracked to match the third-best winning streak in franchise history, even while Nowitzki was falling 13.3 points under his season average.

"My jump shot was all over the place," Nowitzki said. "But the guys were great. We really wanted this game."

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki could be excused for occasionally falling short of his All-Star standards.

"He had an atypical night," Carlisle said. "You're not going to play like an MVP every night. He's earned the right to have an off night."

Former Mavericks guard Devin Harris scored 21 points and Terrence Williams had 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost nine of their last 11 and fell to 7-57.

The Mavericks carried a 70-62 advantage in the fourth quarter, but the Nets pushed back with 11 unanswered points, including six from ex-Maverick Kris Humphries, to pull within 81-80 with 7:40 remaining.

Butler scored eight of Dallas' next 11 points, including a 6-meter jumper with 1:45 left to extend Dallas' lead to 92-87.

Grizzlies 111, Celtics 91

In Boston, Rudy Gay scored 28 points to lead Memphis to a franchise-record seventh straight road win. It was the Grizzlies' first victory over the Celtics in seven tries since 2006.

Spurs 97, Knicks 87

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 28 points in the Spurs' victory over New York, which clinched a franchise-record ninth consecutive losing season.

Bobcats 102, 76ers 87

In Philadelphia, Gerald Wallace scored 28 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field, Stephen Jackson added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlotte won its fourth straight game.

Heat 108, Clippers 97

In Miami, Dwyane Wade had 27 points and eight assists, Jermaine O'Neal finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Heat extended their longest home winning streak of the season to four games.

Nuggets 110, T-Wolves 102

In Minneapolis, Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and Denver got a huge lift from role players Chris Andersen, Nene and J.R. Smith.

Jazz 115, Pistons 104

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists, and Utah beat Detroit for the 10th straight time.

Thunder 98, Hornets 83

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 29 points, and Russell Westbrook added 17 points and came up just shy of a triple-double.

Kings 113, Raptors 90

In Sacramento, Tyreke Evans recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Kings over Toronto.

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