Basketball - Nowitzki guides Mavs past Bulls

Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointed with two seconds left to earn the Dallas Mavericks a 100-98 win over the Chicago Bulls.

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Mavericks 100, Bulls 98

Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointed with two second left on the clock to earn the Dallas Mavericks a 100-98 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Down by 12 with four minutes to play, the Mavericks (36-37) staged a fourth quarter rally to remain within striking distance of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Nowitzki finished with a season-high 35 points while Vince Carter and Brandan Wright both had 17 coming off the bench.

Nate Robinson, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng each scored 25 points for Chicago (39-32).

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Jazz 116, Nets 107

Randy Foye scored 26 points, including eight three-pointers, as the Utah Jazz tamed the Brooklyn Nets 116-107 on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to four games and maintain a hold on the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

Center Al Jefferson and guard Mo Williams each contributed 20 points to the Jazz (38-36) effort.

Brook Lopez led the Nets (42-31) with 27 points and seven rebounds while C.J. Watson scored 22 and former Utah point guard Deron Williams had 21 points and 11 assists.

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Thunder 109, Bucks 99

Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Oklahoma, chasing the San Antonio Spurs for top spot in the Western Conference, took charge late in the fourth quarter using a 17-2 run to flip a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead.

Kevin Durant had 30 points to pace the Thunder, who have won four of their last five.

Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

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Rockets 98, Clippers 81

Jeremy Lin, Francisco Garcia and Chandler Parsons each had 15 points while Omer Asik contributed a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds powering the Houston Rockets to a 98-81 win over the weary Los Angeles Clippers.

Even without injured James Harden the Rockets (40-33) had enough offensive muscle to dispose of the weary Clippers (49-25) who were playing their fourth game in five nights.

Chris Paul had 19 points to pace the Clippers while Blake Griffin was held to 12.

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Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 86

Pau Gasol drained 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies mauled the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-86 to end a five-game road losing streak.

Mike Conley added 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 while Darrell Arthur delivered when it mattered most scoring 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

The Timberwolves Ricky Rubio flirted with a triple-double finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Williams added 19 while Greg Stiemsma finished with 12.

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Sixers 100, Bobcats 92

Jrue Holiday scored nine of his 14 points in the last 5:24 as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 for their third straight victory.

Evan Turner scored 22 points to lead the Sixers (30-43), who have won seven of 11. Spencer Hawes added 19, and Damien Wilkins and Thaddeus Young had 15 apiece.

Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 21 for the Bobcats, who own the NBA's worst record at 17-56.

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Hawks 97, Magic 88

Josh Smith and Ivan Johnson each potted 21 points as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 97-88 win over the Orlando Magic.

Beno Udrih had 20 points and seven rebounds and Nikola Vucevic 17 points and 15 boards in a losing cause for the Magic.

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