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NBA roundup: Undermanned Mavs down Lakers

Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois, left, of Guadeloupe, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, scramble for a loose ball in the first half.
Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois, left, of Guadeloupe, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, scramble for a loose ball in the first half.
Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, Jason Terry added 30 and the short-handed Dallas Mavericks won their fifth straight game, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 101-96 on Wednesday night.

Dallas' Caron Butler, a key part of a seven-player trade with Washington on Feb. 13, missed the game because of a negative reaction he had to medication.

Without Butler, Nowitzki and Terry picked up the slack by scoring 22 of the Mavericks' final 23 points.

Kobe Bryant scored 20 points and moved into 13th place on the career scoring list. Bryant, who passed Reggie Miller, has 25,298 points.

After hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to beat Memphis on Tuesday night, Bryant missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it with 25 seconds left.

SPURS 95, THUNDER 87: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and made a spectacular block on a would-be Kevin Durant dunk late in the fourth quarter, leading San Antonio over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Ginobili's crucial block in the final minutes helped stop Durant's streak of scoring 25 points or more at 29 games, and pulled the Spurs to a needed victory after returning from their lengthy Rodeo Road Trip with two straight losses.

MAGIC 110, ROCKETS 92: At Houston, Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds on a perfect shooting night to help Orlando cruise to a victory over Houston.

Howard scored all of his points in the last three quarters after sitting out all but 22 seconds of the first period after committing two quick fouls. The All-Star was 11 of 11 on field goals.

SUNS 106, 76ERS 95: At Phoenix, Jason Richardson scored 24 points, Steve Nash had 20 points and 13 assists in his return to the lineup, and Phoenix beat short-handed Philadelphia for their fourth straight victory.

The Suns (36-23) have won 10 of 12 and are 13 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season. They are 5-1 since the All-Star break.

HAWKS 98, TIMBERWOLVES 92: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored a season-high 27 points and Joe Johnson added 21 as Atlanta beat Minnesota.

Al Horford finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won nine of 11 at home to improve to 22-6 at Philips Arena.

TRAIL BLAZERS 101, RAPTORS 87: At Toronto, Andre Miller had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Brandon Roy added 20 points for Portland.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points for Toronto. The Raptors failed to top 100 points, ending a 20-game streak that began Jan. 6 at Orlando. Toronto went 14-6 in that stretch.

GRIZZLIES 99, WIZARDS 94: At Washington, Zach Randolph had 22 points, and Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each added 20 to help Memphis run its road winning streak to three. Gasol made his first 10 shots and finished 10 of 11 from the field.

BUCKS 115, HORNETS 95: At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut had 26 points and 13 rebounds to continue his string of dominant performances, leading Milwaukee over New Orleans.

Fresh off his 24-point, 20-rebound performance in a rout of the Knicks on Monday night, Bogut had his fourth straight double-double in Milwaukee's fourth straight win.

BULLS 120, PACERS 110: At Chicago, Luol Deng scored a season-high 31 points, and Chicago beat Indiana after blowing an early 23-point lead. Derrick Rose added 23 points, eight assists and nine rebounds to help the Bulls win for the seventh time in nine games. Brandon Rush had 21 points for Indiana, and Danny Granger added 20 points after missing a game because of personal reasons.