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Martin moves the Nets past Hornets

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION The win was New Jersey's 12th straight under coach Lawrence Frank, extending his league record for the best coaching start

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Nets' Kenyon Martin, right, comes down with a rebound away from New Orleans Hornets' P.J. Brown during the fourth quarter in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Kenyon Martin had 23 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks Saturday as the New Jersey Nets beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-84 to tie the longest winning streak in the NBA this season with 13 victories.

"To be truthful, I really didn't feel well, but I'm here so I am going to show up and play," said Martin who also had two assists in 40-plus minutes despite having trouble breathing because of a sinus infection.

The victory was the Nets' 12th straight under coach Lawrence Frank, extending his league record for the best coaching start and tying the North American mark for the best start in professional sports.

Joe Morgan took over the Boston Red Sox from John McNamara in 1988 and won a dozen. Jim Price won that many after taking over the baseball New York Giants in 1884.

"Our mindset is not about losing," New Jersey's Jason Kidd said. "Our mindset is about getting better each time we take the floor."

Richard Jefferson added 21 points and Kidd finished with 11 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to just miss out on his 59th career triple-double.

Heat 97, Nuggets 81

In Miami, Dwyane Wade outplayed fellow rookie Carmelo Anthony to score 28 points, and Lamar Odom had 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter as Miami beat Denver to match a season-best four-game winning streak.

Anthony finished with 16 points, ending a streak of nine straight games with at least 20 points, and shot just 3-for-20 -- his worst effort since the third game of the season.

Andre Miller scored 15, former Heat guard Voshon Lenard had 14 and Nene scored 10 for the Nuggets, who have lost six of their last eight road games.

Miami trailed by as many as seven early in the third quarter and was down 54-48 with 9:03 left before a 22-6 run put the Heat in control. Odom had 10 points during the burst, during which Miami held Denver without a field goal for more than six minutes.

Mavericks 97, Rockets 88

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Mavericks recovered from a 16-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Rockets 97-88.

Michael Finley contributed 19 points, and Antoine Walker added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who began a stretch of five consecutive home games against Western Conference teams.

Houston opened the game with a 19-3 run and was in front by 14 at the end of the first quarter against a lethargic Dallas defense. But the Mavericks began to run, finishing with a 24-4 advantage in fast-break points for their sixth victory in eight games.

Jim Jackson's 18 points and Cuttino Mobley's 16 paced the Rockets, who've lost all six meetings against the Mavericks with Yao Ming in the lineup. Yao has won against every other NBA team.

Grizzlies 105, Bulls 98

In Chicago, Pau Gasol scored 23 points and had nine rebounds, and James Posey added 27 points as Memphis beat Chicago.

Memphis has won four straight games and eight its last of nine to move 11 games above .500 (33-22) for the first time in franchise history.

Lorenzen Wright had 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, and Bonzi Wells added 16 points.

Kirk Hinrich scored a career-high 25 points and had nine assists for Chicago.

Clippers 105, Bucks 103

In Milwaukee, Elton Brand scored 31 points and blocked four shots to help the Los Angeles Clippers spoil Keith Van Horn's Milwaukee debut.

Michael Redd, an 89 percent free throw shooter, was fouled by Corey Maggette while attempting a desperation 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left and the Bucks trailing 105-102.

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