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Mavs push streak to 10 victories

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The Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.

Steve Nash had 24 points and 11 assists, and Dirk Nowitzki scored all 18 of his points in the second half Wednesday night, leading the Mavericks to their 10th straight win, 107-97 over the Chicago Bulls.

For the second straight game, the Mavs won despite the absence of Michael Finley (strained left hamstring). If they can beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, it would be their 11th consecutive win — one more than the San Antonio Spurs had in December.

Ron Artest tied his career-high with 29 points before fouling out for the Bulls.

KINGS 105, CLIPPERS 91:Chris Webber had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Sacramento won its fifth straight game.

LAKERS 87, NUGGETS 86: Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, including a 20-footer that barely beat the shot clock with 55 seconds left, as Los Angeles won at Denver.

76ERS 102, SUNS 81:Allen Iverson scored 29 points, and three other Philadelphia players scored at least 15 as the 76ers used a 36-point third quarter to win at Phoenix.

SPURS 97, PISTONS 85:Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and San Antonio won its second straight as five players scored in double figures at home.

CELTICS 110, MAGIC 94:Kenny Anderson scored all of his season-high 19 points in the first half as Boston won its seventh consecutive home game.

NETS 92, GRIZZLIES 74:Jason Kidd had 14 assists in 26 minutes, and New Jersey held visiting Memphis to a season-low seven points in the second quarter.

TIMBERWOLVES 95, BUCKS 77: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and Anthony Peeler added 18 points for the Timberwolves.

CAVALIERS 113, WARRIORS 98: At Cleveland, Lamond Murray played for the first time since straining his lower back Dec. 22 and scored a career-high 40 points. Murray shot 16-of-23 from the field, mostly on jumpers.

RAPTORS 95, TRAIL BLAZERS 84: Vince Carter scored 28 points as Toronto built a 20-point third-quarter lead and held on to win at Portland, handing the Blazers their sixth straight loss.