Mavs hand struggling Heat another loss

DALLAS — Caron Butler scored seven of his 23 points in a key run for Dallas to start the second half and the Mavericks went on to win their fifth straight game, 106-95 over the struggling Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Even though LeBron James and Dallas-born Chris Bosh have joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Mavericks extended their regular-season dominance over the Heat (9-8).

Dallas has won 13 consecutive games in the series since March 2004, and 16 of 17. That obviously doesn't include the 2006 NBA Finals, when the Heat won in six games after losing the first two.

While Miami missed its first 10 shots after halftime, Dallas scored 13 consecutive points and led 64-49 when Butler hit a 3-pointer with 7:55 left in the third quarter. That came only 30 seconds after Butler's layup on an assist from Jason Kidd.

Magic 100, Wizards 99

At Washington, Dwight Howard scored a season-high 32 points, including the game-winning putback with 4.3 seconds left, and had 11 rebounds.

Quentin Richardson scored 20 for the Magic, who have won seven of their last eight games in Washington.

Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 31 points, but his floater at the buzzer hit the back of the rim and bounced away. Arenas scored all nine of Washington's points in the final four minutes.

Bucks 104, Bobcats 101

At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 32 points and made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to seal a 104-101 victory for the Milwaukee Bucks over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

Stephen Jackson was ejected less than six minutes into the game.

Jackson thought he was fouled and began arguing with referee Eli Roe. The Bobcats' scoring leader with 19.2 points per game, Jackson got two technicals and was done with 7:31 left in the first quarter

Warriors 104, Timberwolves 94

At Minneapolis, Dorell Wright scored a career-high 30 points and set a franchise record with nine 3-pointers to help Golden State snap a five-game losing streak.

Monta Ellis had 26 points, 10 assists and seven steals in 48 minutes and David Lee returned from an eight-game absence for the Warriors, who won for just the second time since Lee went down with a staph infection in his left elbow on Nov. 10.

Kevin Love had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves, his fourth 20-20 game of the season.

Cavaliers 92, Grizzlies 86

At Cleveland, Mo Williams scored 25 points, J.J. Hickson added 16, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped out of a fourth-quarter offensive funk just in time.

Williams hit a clutch 10-foot floater with 6.5 seconds left, added a season-high 12 assists and made four 3-pointers for the Cavaliers, who missed their first 13 shots in the fourth, but regrouped and won their seventh straight at home over Memphis.

Hawks 99, Knicks 90

At New York, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, and Atlanta snapped the Knicks' winning streak at five.

Al Horford added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who trailed by 18 at the half and closed within four points in the fourth quarter on a driving lay-up by Wilson Chandler and a free throw after the score. The Hawks then scored seven straight on a 3-pointer by Crawford, a hook shot by Horford and his turnaround jumper.

76ers 102, Nets 86

At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 13 assists, and Thaddeus Young sparked a fourth-quarter spurt to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the New Jersey Nets 102-86 on Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Andre Iguodala contributed 16 points and Lou Williams added 15 for the Sixers, who returned to Philadelphia after losing three straight on the road, including a 99-90 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night. Saturday's win was their second in 10 games.

Bulls 96, Kings 85

At Sacramento, Calif., Derrick Rose had 30 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Chicago Bulls, who rallied in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls trailed by 13 at halftime, but held the Kings to 28 second-half points, outscoring them 27-9 in the fourth.

Luol Deng had 22 points and nine rebounds,and Joakim Noah had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who concluded their seven-game road trip that started Nov. 16 with a victory in Houston.

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