Mavericks boost winning streaks
Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Dallas Mavericks stretched their club-record home winning streak to 19 games with a 115-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night in Dallas.
Nowitzki fell two assists short of his first career triple-double and 28th in the history of the Mavericks, who won their 11th in a row overall.
The Mavericks are the fourth team in NBA history with three double-digit winning streaks in a season. Dallas already has streaks of 12 and 13 games this season.
Josh Howard, playing on a sore right ankle, added 27 points for the Mavericks. Jerry Stackhouse scored 16 for Dallas, which has won 46 of 51 after opening the season at 0-4.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and Allen Iverson had 26 for the Nuggets. Marcus Camby added 10 points and 17 rebounds for Denver.
Clippers 103, Warriors 90: At Los Angeles, Elton Brand had 31 points and 12 rebounds and tied a career high with eight blocked shots, leading Los Angeles to a victory over Golden State.
Corey Maggette scored eight of his 18 points in the final 5:18 in his sixth start of the season. Tim Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game because of back spasms in the fourth quarter.
Sam Cassell played just 15 minutes and had four points. Center Chris Kaman missed his second straight game because of flu-like symptoms.
Raptors 93, Bobcats 76: At Charlotte, N.C., Chris Bosh scored all 24 of his points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to help Toronto defeat an injury-depleted Charlotte squad.
Bosh, who missed his first five shots and didn’t score until midway through the third quarter, dominated the inside after Charlotte lost leading rebounder Emeka Okafor to a strained left calf in the third quarter.
Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace also left in the third quarter with a strained groin, and Charlotte quickly wilted as it snapped its team record-tying four-game winning streak.
Rookie Adam Morrison and Matt Carrol led the Bobcats in scoring, contributing 13 points apiece.
Bucks 109, 76ers 90: At Milwaukee, Michael Redd and Mo Williams scored 26 points each and Milwaukee beat Philadelphia.
Redd started well and Williams, who finished 10 of 13 from the field including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, helped finish off Philadelphia.
Andre Iguodala, averaging 17.4 points, scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and went 9 of 18 from the field.
Jazz 105, Celtics 87: At Salt Lake City, Derek Fisher scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah to a win over Boston.
Boozer had a double-double in his second game back after missing eight with a hairline fracture in his leg.
Deron Williams finished with 10 assists and helped lead Utah’s rally in the third quarter after Boston narrowed a 15-point margin down to one but never quite caught the Jazz, who were without starters Mehmet Okur (back) and Andrei Kirilenko (knee).