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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Kidd regains touch in win over Lakers

DALLAS (AP) Jason Kidd broke out of an awful shooting slump to score a season-high 21 points, and Jason Terry and Shawn Marion provided solid scoring as reserves, helping the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-100 on Wednesday night and end an ugly six-game losing streak.

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Against the odds: Orlando's Jameer Nelson puts up an off-balance shot against Philadelphia on Wednesday night. The Magic beat the 76ers 99-98 in overtime. AP PHOTO

Kidd made 8 of 12 shots after going 1 of 14 over his previous two games. Terry and Marion scored 22 each.

The club made a similar turnaround, going from five straight losses by at least 10 points each — their worst such stretch since their woeful days in the mid-1990s — to a convincing win over the two-time defending champions.

The Lakers' Pau Gasol scored 23 points, but took only four shots in the second half. Kobe Bryant had 21 points and 10 assists, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Warriors 110, Pacers 108

In Oakland, Monta Ellis made a jumper with less than a second remaining to give Golden State a win over Indiana.

Blazers 94, Kings 90 (OT)

In Sacramento, Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 to lead Portland to an overtime victory against the Kings.

Nets 103, Jazz 95

In Newark, N.J., hours after owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended their long, drawn-out pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, the Nets snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Utah.

Brook Lopez scored 11 of his 20 points in a big third quarter and the Nets seemed to relax with the trade talk over in winning for only the second time in 13 games.

Nuggets 112, Thunder 107

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points and Chauncey Billups and Nene each added 16 points for the Nuggets.

Clippers 126, T-Wolves 111

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 29 points and eight rebounds, ending his streak of double-doubles at 27 games, and the Clippers won their third in a row.

Minnesota's Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 29th straight double-double.

Celtics 86, Pistons 82

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 22 points, and Ray Allen hit a jumper with 25 seconds left to lift the Celtics.

Magic 99, 76ers, 98 (OT)

In Orlando, Jason Richardson converted a 4-point play with 17 seconds left, Dwight Howard scored 18 points before fouling out late in regulation and the Magic defeated Philadelphia.

Rockets 104, Knicks 89

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 21 points, Chuck Hayes grabbed 12 rebounds and the Rockets handed New York its fourth straight loss.

Suns 106, Cavaliers 98

In Cleveland, Grant Hill scored 27 points, Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists, and Phoenix won its fourth in a row while the Cavs dropped their 24th game in their last 25.

Bucks 100, Wizards 87

In Milwaukee, Keyon Dooling scored a season-high 23 points, Corey Maggette added 21 and the Bucks dropped Washington to 0-20 on the road.

Hornets 103, Grizzlies 102 (OT)

In New Orleans, Marcus Thornton broke up an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left in overtime and then finished a fast break with a reverse layup, extending the Hornets' winning streak to six.

Spurs 104, Raptors 95

In San Antonio, DeJuan Blair had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Spurs rally from an 11-point halftime deficit for their seventh straight victory.

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