Mavs add to Magic's struggles

ORLANDO, Fla. — Caron Butler scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and the Dallas Mavericks became the latest team to topple the reconstructed Orlando Magic in a 105-99 victory Tuesday night.

Tyson Chandler added 16 points to help the Mavericks pull away in the fourth quarter for their 16th win in 17 games. A night after winning at Miami, they shot 50 percent from the floor, including 46 percent from 3-point range.

The Magic have lost their first two games since Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu were acquired on Saturday, and eight of their last nine.

Bucks 98, Lakers 79

At Los Angeles, Earl Boykins scored a season-high 22 points, John Salmons added 20 and short-handed Milwaukee stunned Los Angeles, snapping the two-time defending champions' five-game winning streak.

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points and Pau Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who belly-flopped in their final tuneup before a Christmas visit from the Miami Heat.

Bulls 121, 76ers 76

At Chicago, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 22 points, and Chicago beat Philadelphia for its eighth win in nine games.

Thunder 99, Bobcats 81

At Charlotte, N.C., Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Oklahoma City overcame a poor shooting night by dominating the fourth quarter in a victory over reeling Charlotte.

Nets 101, Grizzlies 94

At Memphis, Tenn., Brook Lopez scored 26 points, Sasha Vujacic added a season-high 16 and New Jersey snapped a 10-game road losing streak by beating Memphis.

Warriors 117, Kings 109, OT

At Sacramento, Calif., Monta Ellis scored nine of his 36 points in overtime to lift Golden State over struggling Sacramento.

The Warriors, who had lost 14 of their previous 16 games, rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

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