Now­itzki’s late cameo helps Mavs edge win­less 76ers

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PHILADEL­PHIA: Dirk Now­itzki scored 21 points, in­clud­ing seven dur­ing a piv­otal stretch late in the fourth quar­ter, to lead the Dal­las Mavericks to a 92-86 vic­tory over the win­less Philadel­phia 76ers on Mon­day night.

Jahlil Okafor had 19 points and 11 re­bounds for the 76ers, who have lost all 11 games this sea­son and 21 in a row dat­ing back to last sea­son. Philadel­phia’s last win was March 25 at Den­ver, and the 76ers are within five de­feats of match­ing the fran­chise’s all-time record for con­sec­u­tive losses. Chan­dler Par­sons added 20 points for the Mavericks, who needed a late push to hold off Philadel­phia. The 76ers trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half but bat­tled back to take an 82-81 lead with 4 min­utes, 23 sec­onds re­main­ing on a free throw by Ner­lens Noel be­fore Now­itzki took over.

New­comer Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his sea­son-high 29 points in the fourth quar­ter and the Griz­zlies held on for a vic­tory over the Thun­der.

Chalmers, picked up in a trade with the Miami Heat last week, con­verted 6 of 13 shots, in­clud­ing 4 of 7 from out­side the arc, as five Griz­zlies reached dou­ble fig­ures. Mike Con­ley had 22, Jeff Green scored 20, while Marc Ga­sol added 17. Zach Ran­dolph fin­ished with 12 points and 10 re­bounds. Rus­sell West­brook led the Thun­der with 40 points, 12 in the fourth quar­ter try­ing to bring Ok­la­homa City back from an 11-point deficit in the frame. Serge Ibaka had 18 and Enes Kan­ter scored 16. Steven Adams and Dion Wait­ers fin­ished with 14 apiece. Ok­la­homa City shot 51 per­cent, in­clud­ing 10 of 24 from out­side the arc. But Mem­phis con­verted 12 of 17 3-point­ers.

SPURS 93, TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 80

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Manu Gi­no­bili added 17 points and the Spurs over­came a list­less start to beat the Trail Blaz­ers for their fifth straight vic­tory. Danny Green and Boris Diaw each had 12 points and Tony Parker and Tim Duncan both added 10. Damian Lil­lard scored 27 points and AlFarouq Aminu added 17 points for Port­land. Leonard and Gi­no­bili both missed the pre­vi­ous game with mi­nor ail­ments and their re­turns

were needed. San An­to­nio and Port­land both set sea­son lows for points in the first half with the Trail Blaz­ers’ 28 points fall­ing just four points of match­ing a fran­chise low.

BULLS 96, PACERS 95

Jimmy But­ler scored 17 points for Chicago and played tough de­fense on Paul Ge­orge on In­di­ana’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion, help­ing the Bulls hold on for a vic­tory over the Pacers. But­ler stayed right with Ge­orge in the fi­nal sec­onds and con­tested his dif­fi­cult fade­away shot that was well short as time ex­pired, giv­ing the Bulls their third straight win and fourth in five games. Der­rick Rose had 23 points on 9-for-18 shoot­ing for Chicago, but de­parted with about six min­utes re­main­ing af­ter he sprained his left an­kle. Doug McDer­mott scored 11 points. Ge­orge had 26 points for In­di­ana, and Monta El­lis fin­ished with 20 points. C.J. Miles made five 3-point­ers on his way to 19 points, and Jor­dan Hill and Ian Mahinmi each grabbed 12 re­bounds.

CELTICS 111, ROCK­ETS 95

Isa­iah Thomas scored 23 points and the Celtics used a 32-point third quar­ter to pull away and cruise to a win over the slump­ing Rock­ets.

It is the third straight win for the Celtics and gives Hous­ton a fourgame los­ing streak for the first time since the team dropped seven straight in Jan­uary 2013. Bos­ton led by 4 af­ter a 3-pointer by James Har­den with 3 1/3 min­utes left in the third quar­ter. The Celtics closed out the quar­ter by scor­ing 15 straight points to take a 87-68 lead into the fourth quar­ter. The Celtics rode the mo­men­tum from their strong third quar­ter into the early part of the fourth quar­ter and used a 13-4 run to open the pe­riod and ex­tend the lead to 100-72. Avery Bradley scored seven points with a dunk and a 3-pointer to lead the team in that stretch. Coach Kevin McHale pulled most of Hous­ton’s

starters af­ter that.

SUNS 120, LAK­ERS 101

Bran­don Knight had 30 points, 15 as­sists and 10 re­bounds for his first ca­reer triple-dou­ble and the Suns ran past the Lak­ers. Eric Bled­soe added 21 points and T.J. War­ren had 19 for the Suns, who grad­u­ally pulled away af­ter tak­ing a five-point lead into the fourth quar­ter. Jor­dan Clark­son scored 20 points to lead the weary Lak­ers, who were play­ing on con­sec­u­tive days for the sec­ond time in a week. The Lak­ers were with­out All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who was kept back in Los An­ge­les to rest rather than hav­ing to play on back-to­back nights. — AP

GRIZ­ZLIES 122, THUN­DER 114 PHILADEL­PHIA: Dal­las Mavericks’ Chan­dler Par­sons, left, goes up for a dunk as Philadel­phia 76ers’ Jerami Grant trails dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Mon­day, in Philadel­phia. — AP

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