Dirk Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past the Celtics

Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85-85 with 25 seconds to play. Rajon Rondo scored 24 points for Boston, and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds.

NUGGETS 123, NETS 115 Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points and Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer each had 19 to lead Denver to a home win.

The Nets’ Jordan Farmar had a game-high 26 points, while Anthony Morrow scored 23 and Deron Williams had 16 points and 13 assists. The Nets set a season high for 3-pointers with 20. Farmar was 6 for 8 behind the arc. LAKERS 90, JAZZ 87 Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked an Al Jefferson shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles over Utah, ending the Jazz’s winning streak at five.

The win was the first on the road for the Lakers, while Utah dropped its first home game after starting 5-0.

Bryant, who scored 48 on Tuesday against the Suns, missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation for Los Angeles. Paul Millsap led Utah with 29 points.

PACERS 96, HAWKS 84 Danny Granger scored 24 points and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Pacers improve to 7-3. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 16 points and Joe Johnson had 15.

KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91 Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points while DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto.

Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score a season-high 24 points for the Raptors. THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85 Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City won in New Orleans. Russell Westbrook had 22 points for the Thunder, who won their fifth in a row.

Chris Kaman and Carl Landry had 17 points for New Orleans.

78, WIZARDS 64 John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points while filling in for the injured Derrick Rose, and host Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights.

SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95 Tony Parker hit four free throws late in overtime to help San Antonio beat Houston. Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Spurs. San Antonio is 7-0 at home.

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