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NBA: Dirk scores 31 as Mavs edge Jazz 103-97

ON A ROLL:Dallas triumphed in the clash of Western Conference contenders thanks to clutch shooting from downtown, as the Mavericks hit 14 of 26 from behind the arc

AP, DALLAS

Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 103-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 17 points, while Caron Butler had 16 points for Dallas.

The Mavericks hit 14 of 26 from three-point range to prevail in a matchup of Western Conference heavyweights.

Deron Williams scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half to lead the Jazz, who had won nine of 11. Paul Millsap added 16 points, while Ronnie Price scored 14 for Utah.

HEAT 104, KINGS 83

In Sacramento, California, Dwyane Wade’s flying, one-handed rebound jam highlighted his 36-point night as Miami beat Sacramento for their season-best eighth straight win.

LeBron James scored 25 and Chris Bosh added 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Heat broke open a close game in the third quarter.

After losing three of four in late November, the Heat have won every game during this winning streak by double digits.

Omri Casspi had 20 points for the Kings, who have lost 15 of 17 and have the second-worst record in the NBA.

RAPTORS 120, PISTONS 116

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Jerryd Bayless matched a career high with 31 points as Toronto pulled off their biggest comeback in -franchise -history to beat Detroit.

Toronto overcame a 25-point second-half deficit to end a four-game losing streak. The victory was just the Raptors’ third of the season on the road.

Italy’s Andrea Bargnani added 22 points, including a pair of key three-pointers in the fourth quarter, while Brazilian Leandro Barbosa scored 20. Ben Wallace had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Rodney Stuckey scored 23.

Toronto shot 65 percent from the floor in the first half, but committed 14 turnovers that led to 29 Detroit points. The Pistons only turned the ball over once on their way to a 72-53 lead.

GRIZZLIES 84, CLIPPERS 83

In Los Angeles, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Spain’s Marc Gasol added 17 points as Memphis held on to beat Los Angeles.

Baron Davis missed an 18-footer at the buzzer for the Clippers, who were coming off an 87-86 loss to the Lakers on Derek Fisher’s driving layup at the buzzer on Wednesday.

Eric Gordon scored 25 points, while Blake Griffin had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Gay, the Grizzlies’ leading scorer, was held to 12 points on five for 12 shooting.

BULLS 113, TIMBERWOLVES 82

In Chicago, Derrick Rose had 21 points and seven assists to lead Chicago over Minnesota for their season-best fifth straight victory.

Rose set a career high with five three-pointers. It was the third time this season he has made four or more threes. He made that many just once during his first two NBA seasons.

Luol Deng added 19 points and Carlos Boozer 17 for Chicago, which out-rebounded Minnesota 53-36.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Michael Beasley added 16 points for the Timberwolves.

In Saturday’s other action, it was:

‧ Rockets 110, Cavaliers 95

‧ Celtics 93, Bobcats 62

‧ Hawks 97, Pacers 83

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