Nowitzki hurt in Mavs' win

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Dallas Mavericks lost Dirk Nowitzki to a knee injury in the second quarter, but beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-93 on Monday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.

Nowitzki scored 13 points before leaving with 9:10 left in the second with what the Mavericks said was a sore right knee. Shawn Marion led the effort to replace him, scoring 20 points off the bench.

Dallas improved to 11-1 on the road this season, best in the NBA, and 24-5 overall.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points, one game after a season-high 44 points on Christmas against Denver. James Harden had 18 for the Thunder, who dropped their second in a row to the Mavericks this season.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle also missed the game due to a knee injury.

Grizzlies 96, Raptors 85

At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Grizzlies woke up from a slow start to beat the Raptors.

Rudy Gay added 18 for Memphis, which won its second straight. Tony Allen had 14 points and a season-high six steals, part of 15 Memphis steals on the night. Allen also had eight rebounds, also a season high.

Hawks 95, Bucks 80

At Milwaukee, Al Horford had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Johnson added 15 points and the Hawks beat the Bucks to snap a five-game road losing streak.

The Hawks (20-13) were back in Milwaukee for the first time since winning a pivotal Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs last year to send the series back to Atlanta where they won to advance.

Magic 104, Nets 88

At Newark, N.J., Dwight Howard had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Magic won their third straight with a victory over the Nets.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points as the Magic had six players in double figures in beating the Nets for the third time in three meetings this season.

Orlando hit a dozen 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field despite having the team show up less than 90 minutes before the game because one of its buses got stuck in a snow drift on the way to the Prudential Center.

Bobcats 105, Pistons 100

At Charlotte, N.C., D.J. Augustin scored 27 points, Stephen Jackson added 23 and the new-look, uptempo Bobcats held on to beat the Pistons to give interim coach Paul Silas a victory in his debut.

With Silas using new combinations and forcing the pace after replacing the fired Larry Brown last week, the Bobcats built a 23-point lead and then nearly wasted it all.

Ben Gordon missed two tying 3-point attempts in the closing seconds before Tyrus Thomas' two free throws with 1 second left finally put it away for the Bobcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Timberwolves 113, Hornets 98

At Minneapolis, Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead the Timberwolves to a victory over the stumbling Hornets.

Wes Johnson added a career-high 24 points and made six 3-pointers for the Timberwolves, who have won back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

Chris Paul had 22 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who lost their seventh straight road game and are 7-12 after starting the season 11-1.

Rockets 100, Wizards 93

At Houston, Kevin Martin scored 20 points, Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks each added 15 and the Rockets won their fifth straight game, beating the Wizards.

Luis Scola had 14 points and Jordan Hill added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who've won eight consecutive home games heading into Wednesday's showdown against Miami.

Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped to 0-15 on the road this season. Washington has lost 10 of 11 overall.

Clippers 100, Kings 99

At Sacramento, Calif., Eric Gordon tied a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 31 points, leading the Clippers to a victory over the Kings.

Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won three straight on the road after opening the season 0-11. Baron Davis had 11 points and nine assists, and Al-Farouq Aminu also had 11 points.

Warriors 110, 76ers 95

At Oakland, Calif., Monta Ellis had 22 points and a season-high 12 assists, David Lee added 21 points and 16 rebounds and Golden State won its third straight, beating the 76ers.

Stephen Curry added 17 points, including seven straight during a decisive run in the fourth quarter when the Warriors (12-18) pulled away.

The three-game winning streak is Golden State's longest since it won three in a row in April 2009.

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