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Nowitzki, Mavericks steal Oklahoma City’s thunder

POINTS MACHINE:The Thunder’s Kevin Durant led his team with 43 points — he has scored at least 25 points in 36 consecutive games — but it was too few for victory


Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook, second left, tries to stop a shot against Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, center, in the second half of their NBA game in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.

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Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and six assists. In Dallas’ loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was two-for-12 from the field in his worst shooting performance of the season.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 43 points. He has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games in the longest such streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run during the 1986-1987 season.

Dallas had seven players score in double figures. Jose Calderon went six-for-eight from three-point range and finished with 22 points.

Russell Westbrook scored 23 points for Oklahoma City.

Cleveland’s Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 as the Cavaliers beat the Raptors 102-100 to prevent Toronto getting closer to a playoff spot.

The Cavs blew a 21-point lead, but made just enough plays down the stretch to snap a five-game losing streak at home.

They did it without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained biceps tendon.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 for the Raptors, who had a chance to level the scores in the final seconds, but guard Greivis Vasquez lost his footing and committed a turnover with 1.9 seconds left.

Tristan Thompson added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs.

In Orlando, Florida, Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic stopped a nine-game losing streak with a 95-85 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who led by just eight at the half, but used scoring spurts in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and six assists.

Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers, who entered the night in fifth place in the West, have lost three straight.

The Los Angeles Lakers downed the New York Knicks 127-96 after Xavier Henry scored 22 points and Nick Young hit five three-pointers while scoring 20 points.

Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks with a phenomenal offensive effort against the Knicks, who have lost two straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks.

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