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NBA: Mavericks mount record rally

DEAD-EYE DIRK Dirk Nowitzki hit four-straight 3-pointers in the final 1:41 of the third quarter to help the Mavericks overcome a 24-point deficit and beat the Raptors


Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 32 points and a perfect ending in Dallas' highest-scoring quarter of the season, helping the Mavericks put together a record-setting rally during a 105-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki hit four-straight 3-pointers in the final 1:41 of the third quarter, when Dallas went ahead to stay after overcoming a 24-point deficit. The Mavericks finished their four-game homestand undefeated and are 6-0 at home this season.

Dallas made its largest comeback ever to win a game in regulation. The Mavericks also overcame a 24-point deficit against Toronto in February last year, but won that game in overtime. The Raptors have never blown a bigger lead to lose, and now they've done it twice against Dallas.

Nowitzki scored 18 in the third quarter, when the Mavs outscored Toronto 38-17 to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

Chris Bosh had a season-high 31 points with 12 rebounds for the Raptors.

Nuggets 112, Bulls 91

At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and Marcus Camby added 12 points and 20 rebounds as Denver downed Chicago.

Allen Iverson scored 22 points and Kenyon Martin had 13 for Denver, which has won six straight.

Rookie reserve Joakim Noah had 16 points for Chicago, who fell to 2-8, their worst start since 2004-2005 when they were 0-9.

Kirk Hinrich and rookie Thomas Gardner had 14 points apiece for the Bulls.

Lakers 134, Pacers 114

At Indianapolis, Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, and the short-handed Los Angeles beat Indiana for their fourth-straight win.

Jordan Farmar had a career-high 18 points, Andrew Bynum added 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers rolled to a season-high point total.

Los Angeles acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic for forward Brian Cook and swingman Maurice Evans earlier in the day. Ariza hadn't joined the Lakers by the opening tip.

Shawne Williams led the Pacers (4-7) with a career-high 24 points, and Jamaal Tinsley added 10 points and 10 assists. It was Indiana's worst home defeat since a 24-point loss to New Jersey on March 4, 2001.

Bucks 111, Cavaliers 107

At Cleveland, Michael Redd scored a season-high 34 points, Mo Williams added 20 and Milwaukee ended a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland with their first road win this season.

The Bucks hadn't beaten the Cavs since Dec. 10, 2005. They also snapped an eight-game losing streak in Cleveland, where they had been winless since Jan. 6, 2003 -- the season before LeBron James arrived.

James finished with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 44 minutes.

Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and Royal Ivey 15 for the Bucks, who came in 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road.

Warriors 108, Knicks 82

At New York, Baron Davis had 31 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Golden State ruined Stephon Marbury's return to the lineup.

The Knicks have lost seven straight.

Stephen Jackson added 23 points for the resurgent Warriors, who have won three straight after an 0-6 start.

Marbury scored 18 points, but the Knicks were never in the game in the second half and were booed often over the final three quarters. So was coach Isiah Thomas, who saw no results from his decision to demote Marbury last week and heard "Fire Isiah!" cries on a few occasions during the game.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks.

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