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Mavericks blow past Pistons

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2005

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Josh Howard scored 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the slumping Detroit Pistons 95-88 Monday night.

The Mavericks have won six of seven, while the defending champions lost for the fourth time in five games.

Nets 95, Bobcats 91

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vince Carter scored 39 points and New Jersey hung on to beat the Bobcats.

Magic 109, Hawks 102

ORLANDO — Steve Francis had 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and Grant Hill and Dwight Howard each had a double-double in just the Magic's second victory in 12 games.

Pacers 90, Bucks 76

MILWAUKEE — Reggie Miller scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter to lead Indiana over Milwaukee.

Bulls 94, Grizzlies 86

CHICAGO — Eddy Curry scored 25 points and the Bulls nearly blew an 18-point fourth quarter lead before beating the Grizzlies for their sixth straight victory.

Rockets 99, Jazz 85

SALT LAKE CITY — Tracy McGrady scored 44 points and Mike James had 14 of his 16 in the second half for Houston, which won for just the second time in the last 17 meetings at Utah.

Suns 123, Nuggets 114

PHOENIX — Joe Johnson had eight points and Steve Nash five during a fourth-quarter run that carried Phoenix over Denver.

Cavaliers 109, Hornets 108, OT

NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James scored 44 points, igniting Cleveland's comeback from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

Wizards 114, Trail Blazers 106

PORTLAND, Ore. — Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points and Larry Hughes added 25 to lead the Wizards. Etan Thomas, starting in place of the injured Brendan Haywood, had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who maintained a one-game lead over Chicago in the race for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Kings 118, 76ers 109

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Chris Webber had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back at Arco Arena since the Kings traded him last month, but Cuttino Mobley scored 30 points in the Kings' victory.

Warriors 108, Knicks 100

OAKLAND, Calif. — Baron Davis had 33 points and Troy Murphy added 19 points and 19 rebounds for Golden State. The Warriors have won five of their last six games and nine overall since acquiring Davis in a Feb. 24 trade.

from New Orleans. Golden State had won only 16 games all season before Davis' arrival.

Mickael Pietrus had 17 points for the resurgent Warriors (25-45).

Stephon Marbury had 31 points and eight assists for New York, which continued to struggle on the road. New York is 0-3 on its current trip and has won just eight times in 34 road games this season.



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