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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nowitzki steers Mavs

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki's scoring and rebounding are a given. The Dallas Mavericks' All-Star forward also prides himself on his passing.

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Tough loss at home: Charlotte's Raymond Felton goes up for a shot in front of Toronto's Sonny Weems on Monday night. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 103-101. AP PHOTO

Nowitzki had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Mavericks maintained the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a 109-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

His first 16 double-doubles this season were for points and rebounds. But with the Nuggets throwing double-teams at him, Nowitzki passed to open teammates for easy baskets.

"That's when we're at our best, sharing the ball," Nowitzki said.

Nowitzki reached double-digits in assists when he dished to Jason Terry for a 5.8-meter jumper that gave Dallas a 107-89 advantage with 2:15 left.

Nowitzki hit 4 of 5 from 3-point range and went 16-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Nets 90, Spurs 84

In East Rutherford, N.J., the Nets notched their 10th win of the season, avoiding any chance of equaling the worst record in NBA history by beating short-handed San Antonio.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for New Jersey, which grabbed control with a 15-4 run late in the fourth quarter to improve to 10-64. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73, will remain in the record books as the league's worst team.

Hornets 108, Lakers 100

In New Orleans, Chris Paul had 15 points and 13 assists, his first double-double since returning from a knee injury, and David West scored 20 points for the hosts.

Kobe Bryant had 31 points and Pau Gasol added 26 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Jazz 103, Knicks 98

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 23 points and 14 assists as Utah took over first place in the Northwest Division.

Raptors 103, Bobcats 101

In Charlotte, Chris Bosh had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu hit the go-ahead 3-pointer a day after getting benched as Toronto got a key triumph in the playoff chase.

Frosh honored

NEW YORK (AP) Having a couple of freshmen on The Associated Press' All-America team is nothing new. This year, however, they are from the same school.

Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were on the All-America team announced Monday. Joining them were Ohio State junior Evan Turner, who received all but one first-team vote, Syracuse junior Wes Johnson and Villanova senior Scottie Reynolds.

Wall averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists after arriving as one of the most highly touted high school recruits.

Cousins became one of the country's top big men and was the only player selected to the team who averaged a double-double with 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds.

Wall and Cousins were Kentucky's first All-Americans since Ron Mercer in 1997. The other schools have all had players selected in the last five years: Hakim Warrick of Syracuse in 2005, Randy Foye of Villanova in 2006 and Greg Oden of Ohio State in 2007.



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