DALLAS — Kobe Bryant had 38 points to win a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-99 on Sunday in a matchup of teams fighting to get in the playoff race.
With chants of “MVP” from a strong contingent of Lakers fans, Bryant scored 14 in the fourth, including seven in the final 3 minutes to hold off a spirited Dallas effort.
Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a chance to pull virtually even with the Lakers for ninth place in the Western Conference. Houston is in eighth, with a cushion of several games.
HEAT 109, CAVALIERS 105
In Miami, LeBron James scored 28 points, Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 24 in the final five minutes, and the Heat extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to 11 games, beating Cleveland in a back-and-forth matchup.
The Heat took a 22-point lead early in the second half, then prevailed despite being outscored by 30 points over a 17-minute stretch.
Miami was down eight with 5:16 remaining, and still won.
Dion Waiters scored 26 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Kyrie Irving scored 17 for Cleveland.
HORNETS 110, KINGS 95
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 17 points and eight assists to lead the Hornets to a victory over Sacramento.
Ryan Anderson scored 17 points, Roger Mason had 13, and Robin Lopez and Greivis Vasquez 12 apiece for New Orleans.
GRIZZLIES 76, NETS 72
In New York, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and Memphis beat Brooklyn to win its seventh consecutive game.
KNICKS 99, 76ERS 93
In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22, and the Knicks snapped their longest losing streak of the season at four games.
WARRIORS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 99
In Minneapolis, Jarrett Jack had 23 points and eight assists to rally Golden State.
David Lee had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who trailed by 16 in the first quarter before Jack jumpstarted the offense off the bench as he has all season.
SPURS 97, SUNS 87
In Phoenix, Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points apiece to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs ended their nine-game road trip with a victory over the Suns.
The Spurs boosted their NBA-best record to 45-13 by going 7-2 on their annual long road trip.