Nowitzki leads Mavericks over pesky 76ers
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.
GRIZZLIES 122, THUNDER 114: At Memphis, newcomer Mario Chalmers scored 16 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies. Chalmers, picked up in a trade with Miami last week, converted 6 of 13 shots, including 4 of 7 from outside the arc, as five Grizzlies reached double figures. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 40 points.
BULLS 96, PACERS 95: At Chicago, Jimmy Butler scored 17 points for Chicago and played tough defense on Paul George on Indiana's final possession, helping the Bulls hold. Butler stayed 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.
CELTICS 111, ROCKETS 95: At Houston, Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and the Celtics used a 32-point third quarter to pull away. It is the third straight win for the Celtics and gives Houston a four-game losing streak for the first time since the team dropped seven straight in January 2013.
SUNS 120, LAKERS 101: At Phoenix, Phoenix's Brandon Knight had 30 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double. 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.