Nowitzki Outduels Love As Mavericks Top Timberwolves, 104-97

Nowitzki topped 24 points for the fourth straight game by shooting 11 for 19 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Love finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds, going 14 for 14 from the free-throw line.

PISTONS 109, NETS 92 Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and host Detroit rolled to its fourth straight victory. It’s the longest winning streak for the Pistons since a five-game run in December 2009. Johan Petro scored 16 points for the Nets, who lost their fifth straight.

HEAT 106, WIZARDS 89 Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, putting in more than his share of poetry-in-motion moments during a second-quarter run, as visiting Miami topped Washington, 106-89.

Wade either scored or assisted on 20 consecutive Heat points, and Wade and LeBron James combined to score Miami’s last 18 points of the first half.

Chris Bosh had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and James finished with 18 points and 9 assists for the Heat. JaVale McGee scored a season-high 24 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Wizards.

BULLS 95, BOBCATS 64 Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and Chicago throttled the host Bobcats despite the absence of the league’s reigning most valuable player, Derrick Rose.

The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight over all and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a back strain.

BUCKS 113, CAVALIERS 112 Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and made a big layup in overtime as Milwaukee rallied past host Cleveland. Jennings also had eight assists for the Bucks, who trailed by 10 late in the third period, right after Coach Scott Skiles was ejected.

Antawn Jamison had a season-high 34 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland but missed two free throws with 3.7 seconds to go in regulation and the game tied.

CLIPPERS 78, 76ERS 77 With some help from Blake Griffin, Chris Paul excelled when the Los Angeles Clippers needed it most in Philadelphia. Paul had 24 points, including the game-winning 17-footer with 3.2 seconds left, and Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

86, 74 DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17 points and 14 rebounds and the host Raptors beat Boston for their third win in the past 20 meetings with the Celtics.

BLAZERS 94, HORNETS 86 Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid while handing New Orleans its eighth straight loss. Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Hornets.

GRIZZLIES 98, PACERS 92 Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Marreese Speights added a season-high 19 points and 9 rebounds as the Grizzlies won in Memphis.

HAWKS 89, MAGIC 87 Josh Smith scored 23 points and had 19 rebounds to lead Atlanta past the host Magic in overtime.

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Orlando.

IRVING TO REST The Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving will spend the weekend resting and recovering from a concussion.

GINOBILI RETURNING Manu Ginobili will return to the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup against the Nets in Newark on Saturday after missing more than a month with a broken left hand.

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