Dirk Nowitzki poured in 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Jersey Nets 92-75 on Tuesday.
After suffering their first defeat in 13 games at the hands of the Washington Wizards on Monday, the Mavericks rebounded with a dominating effort, jumping out to an early lead and never trailing to get back on a winning track.
Josh Howard contributed 23 points to the Dallas effort, Jason Terry added 12 and Devin Harris chipped in with 10.
Vince Carter had 20 points in a losing cause for the home team, Nenad Krstic potted 18 and Jason Kidd flirted with a triple-double hitting for 10 points, eight assists and eight rebounds as the Nets slumped to their seventh defeat in nine games.
Dallas raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, nosing in front 21-14 after the opening quarter and taking a healthy 49-35 lead into the intermission.
The Nets cut the deficit to five in the third quarter but got no closer as the Mavericks improved to 13-5.
Trail Blazers 46, Pistons 35
Zach Randolph had 31 points and 13 rebounds and nailed a go-ahead jumper with 21 seconds left on Tuesday as Portland surprised Detroit to end a five-game skid.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 points for the Trail Blazers, who shot just 41 percent from the field but outrebounded the Pistons 46-35 en route to an 88-85 victory.
Randolph and Wallace, who played together with Portland from 2002-2004, battled in the paint all night. Leading Portland in scoring (25.8) and rebounding (10.2) entering Tuesday's contest, Randolph dominated Rasheed Wallace on the interior.
His biggest shot came in the waning seconds as he backed in Wallace and banked in a short shot to make it 86-85.
On the ensuing possession, Chauncey Billups missed a jumper.
After two free throws by Jack with 12 seconds to play, Richard Hamilton fired an airball a potential tying three-pointer as time expired.
The Blazers also got a boost from rookie LaMarcus Aldridge, who collected 11 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor.
Hamilton scored 25 points for the Pistons, who shot 43 percent. The Pistons have lost to Charlotte and Portland since a season-high eight-game winning streak.
Suns 127, Kings 102
In Phoenix, Leandro Barbosa scored 26 points and Steve Nash dished out a season-high 20 assists as the streaking Suns crushed the Sacramento Kings 127-102, extending their winning streak to seven games.
The Suns received double-digit efforts from six players, including 23 points from Shawn Marion and a 17-point, 13-rebound performance from Amare Stoudemire.
Rockets 118, Warriors 90
Tracy McGrady bagged 31 points and Yao Ming helped out with 27 to power the Rockets to a 118-90 rout of the Golden State Warriors in Houston.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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