Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 9, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY — Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 38 points, including two free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining, to help Dallas beat Utah.
Nowitzki, who has averaged more than 30 points in his last six games, scored 25 in the second half as the Mavs avenged a 101-79 loss to Utah on Dec. 11, when they shot a season-low 37.7 percent.
The Mavs had no trouble this time, as they made 53 percent of their field goals and handed the Jazz just their third home loss of the season.
Swingman Jerry Stackhouse was kicked out of the game after getting called for his second flagrant foul. He also was hit with a technical in the first half for an argument with Utah coach Jerry Sloan.
Carlos Boozer scored 29 points for the Jazz.
Nets 101, Raptors 86
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter scored 32 points and Richard Jefferson added 21 to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 101-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top teams in the weak Atlantic Division.
Jason Kidd added 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds just hours after filing for divorce from his wife of 10 years, accusing her of “extreme cruelty” throughout their marriage.
Mikki Moore added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who shot 50 percent from the field and limited the Raptors to 38 second-half points.Top draft pick Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points to lead Toronto.
Cavaliers 108, Kings 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — LeBron James scored 34 points in the arena where he made his NBA debut, and Cleveland rallied from a big second-half deficit for its eighth victory in nine games.
Suns 113, SuperSonics 102
PHOENIX — Shawn Marion had 29 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash added 27 points and 11 assists, and Phoenix beat fading Seattle for its seventh consecutive victory.
Grizzlies 128, Lakers 118
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Miller scored 14 of his 25 points in Memphis’ franchise-record 46-point third quarter. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 25 points.
Spurs 98, Trail Blazers 84
SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan led a balanced attack with 16 points as San Antonio beat Portland.
Pistons 98, 76ers 89
PHILADELPHIA — Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 33 points and Richard Hamilton had 22 to lead Detroit.
Pacers 91, Hawks 72
INDIANAPOLIS — Al Harrington scored 18 points and sparked a second-half run as Indiana beat Atlanta.