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NEW YORK (AP) Dirk Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Monday night to match their season high with a sixth straight victory.

Monta Ellis scored 19 points and made a pair of jumpers early in overtime before consecutive 3-pointers by Chandler Parsons and Nowitzki made it 96-88 with 34 seconds to play. That gave Nowitzki 15 points for the game and 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone into the No. 7 spot.

Rajon Rondo shot 1 of 13 for two points but had 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA. Tyson Chandler finished with 14 points and 13 boards.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets but faded after an 18-point first quarter. Jarrett Jack had 20 points and 10 assists.

The Nets were without Deron Williams (sore left side) and Kevin Garnett, who rested on the second night of back-to-back games, and dropped their second straight after winning three in a row.


CHICAGO (AP) – Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Jimmy Butler scored 22 and Chicago rallied for its 13th win in 15 games.

Derrick Rose added 19 points, Nikola Mirotic had 17 and the Bulls outscored the Rockets 19-5 over the final 3:19.

Josh Smith led Houston with 21 points. James Harden scored 20, but the Rockets lost for the fourth time in six games.

Butler scored five points and took a charge against Harden during the game-ending rally to help the Bulls wipe out a five-point deficit.

Mirotic also hit a 3 and scored five points during that stretch.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left to lift Philadelphia over short-handed Cleveland.

Philadelphia had been 0-14 at home this season.

Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who didn’t have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving because of injuries. They lost Dion Waiters and two reserves shortly before tipoff because of a three-way trade with New York and Oklahoma City.

After the Cavaliers blew all of a 17-point lead, Love made it 92-90 with a pair of free throws with 1:09 left.

Wroten made one of two free throws, then scored the go-ahead layup to help the Sixers end their home-losing streak.

Michael Carter-Williams had 18 points and 13 assists for the Sixers.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Mike Conley scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and Memphis sent depleted New York to its record-tying 12th straight loss.

The Knicks (5-32), who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.

New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were traded to Cleveland.

Reserve forward Quincy Acy led the Knicks with 19 points, and Jose Calderon added 13.

The Grizzlies led by 11 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter. Courtney Lee scored all 11 of his points in the first seven minutes of the period.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists, and Washington ended its longest skid of the season at three games with a victory over New Orleans.

Paul Pierce scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Wizards, who had five players in double figures. Andre Miller added 12 points, and Marcin Gortat and Kris Humphries each had 10.

Anthony Davis had 21 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which led only once – by a single point in the first 4 minutes of the game.

Tyreke Evans, playing despite an illness that kept him out of the team’s shootaround earlier in the day, scored 21 points.

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, returning from a left shoulder injury, played for the first time in 21 games, but scored only six points in 33 minutes.


BOSTON (AP) – Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half and Cody Zeller finished with a career-high 20 on a perfect shooting night, carrying Charlotte over Boston.

It was just the second win in seven games for the Hornets, who learned last week that leading scorer Al Jefferson will be sidelined for about three more weeks with a left groin injury.

Zeller went 8 for 8 from the floor, hit all four of his free throws and improved to 6-0 against his older brother Tyler, who plays for the Celtics. Tyler Zeller had two points in 16 minutes.

Walker added five assists and five rebounds.

Jared Sullinger led Boston with 22 points and eight rebounds. The Celtics have dropped three straight and seven of eight.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Arron Afflalo scored 34 points to help Denver hand Minnesota its 12th straight loss.

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Nuggets shot 55 percent to cruise past the Timberwolves (5-28), by far the worst team in the Western Conference. Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points and Ty Lawson added 12 assists for the Nuggets, whose reserves outscored Minnesota’s 47-10.

Gorgui Dieng tied a career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad added 19 points and six boards for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot just 43 percent and have not won since Dec. 10 while playing without Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.