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Houston has a problem as Mavs rule the roost

NBA ACTION The Texas showdown saw Dallas's Antoine Walker and Dirk Nowitzki rise to the challange and snap the Rockets' four-game winning streak

AP , DALLAS

Antoine Walker had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 97-86 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

Walker scored seven of his points in a game-turning 22-8 run in the third quarter that put Dallas ahead to stay as the Mavericks snapped the Rockets' four-game winning streak.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points, Steve Nash had 16 and Michael Finley 14. Antawn Jamison had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Jim Jackson led Houston with 23 points.

Timberwolves 92, Bulls 89, OT

In Chicago, Latrell Sprewell forced overtime with a 3-pointer, then scored four points in the extra period to lift Minnesota past Chicago.

The Bulls had a scary moment in the fourth quarter when Jamal Crawford landed on the back of his head and had to be taken off the floor on a stretcher.

Crawford was moving around after he fell, landing just above his neck. But he was taped to a stretcher, and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Trail Blazers 112, Kings 110, OT

In Portland, Oregon, Zach Randolph has 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Portland climbed out of a 24-point deficit to beat Sacramento.

The Blazers rallied to tie it five times in the second half but could not take over the lead until overtime.

Damon Stoudamire's reverse layup put Portland ahead for the first time in the game, 109-107 with 3:23 left in the extra period, before Rasheed Wallace followed up with a decisive dunk.

Mike Bibby hit a 3-pointer to keep it close at 111-110, but Doug Christie missed a 23-foot jumper that would have put the Kings back on top.

After he was fouled with 5.8 seconds left, Wallace missed his first free throw but made his second, and the Blazers went ahead 112-110 before Bibby missed an 18-footer at the buzzer to give Portland the win.

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