Nowitzki lifts Mavs

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Dallas' Shawn Marion dunks on Boston's Jermaine O'Neal during the first quarter. Marion had 15 points and seven rebounds as the defending champs won by five.  ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Dallas' Shawn Marion dunks on Boston's Jermaine O'Neal during the first quarter. Marion had 15 points and seven rebounds as the defending champs won by five.

BOSTON — Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left and leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer – just his second basket of the night – to tie it at 85 with 25 seconds to play.

Former Celtic Delonte West dribbled the clock down to about 10 seconds before giving it to Nowitzki.

BULLS 78, WIZARDS 64

In Chicago, John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights.

Lucas, starting for the first time in his
70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of MVP Rose, who was out with a sprained big left toe. Lucas played 45 minutes, had eight assists and eight rebounds.

THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85

In New Orleans, Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first eight minutes as the Thunder extended a two-point halftime lead to 12 points.

SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95 (OT)

In San Antonio, Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to help San Antonio beat Houston.

Parker scored 28 points to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard added 11 points.

San Antonio is 7-0 at home. The last time the Spurs won seven in a row at home to start the season was when they went 13-0 to begin the 2007-08 season.

KNICKS 85, 76ERS 79

In New York, Carmelo Anthony had 27 points
and nine rebounds, and New York snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.

Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks win their fourth in a row.

KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91

In Toronto, Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Sacramento snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto.


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