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Dallas wins again; improves to 29-5

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The team with the NBA's best record shows no signs of slowing down.

Dirk Nowitzki and Nick Van Exel combined for 18 points during a decisive 20-4 run as the Dallas Mavericks pulled away for a 117-99 victory in Atlanta on Wednesday night, improving to 29-5.

Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds and Van Exel added 14 points.

PACERS 89, KNICKS 87: At Indianapolis, Ron Mercer scored 19 points, Reggie Miller had 18 and the Indiana Pacers came away with the victory when the Knicks missed three shots on their final possession.

Brad Miller added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points for the Pacers, who avenged a two-point loss in New York last Friday.

ROCKETS 91, MAGIC 81: At Orlando, Fla., Yao Ming had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Houston broke an 11-year losing streak in Orlando.

Steve Francis scored 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter, and Cuttino Mobley had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

WIZARDS 101, BULLS 98: At Washington, Larry Hughes had 22 points and Christian Laettner had season highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Jordan, 4-0 when playing against his former team, had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

PISTONS 103, 76ERS 94; At Philadelphia, Richard Hamilton scored nine of his 29 points in overtime.

Chauncey Billups had 19 points, including a key four-point early in overtime on which Allen Iverson drew his sixth foul. Clifford Robinson added 17 for Detroit.

TIMBERWOLVES 102, WARRIORS 95: At Minneapolis, Troy Hudson had 23 points, 11 assists and no turnovers, and Gary Trent came off the bench for the first time in 22 games and added 14 points.

Kevin Garnett added 21 points and 14 rebounds for his league-high 29th double-double of the season.

NUGGETS 86, HEAT 76: At Denver, Juwan Howard had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Rodney White added 15 points as Denver ended a six-game home losing streak.

CELTICS 93, HORNETS 83: At New Orleans, Paul Pierce scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and made 16 foul shots to lead Boston.

SPURS 106, SUPERSONICS 95: At Seattle, Tim Duncan scored 23 points, and Tony Parker had 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

CLIPPERS 103, GRIZZLIES 95: At Los Angeles, Elton Brand scored 10 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Lamar Odom scored 23 as the Clippers ended a six-game losing streak. Andre Miller had 19 points and 14 assists for the Clippers.