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NBA: Mavericks Extend Winning Streak


The Dallas Mavericks have stretched their National Basketball Association-leading winning streak to seven games, beating the Miami Heat 103-90.

Josh Howard led the Mavericks with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 23 more Friday in Miami. Dallas nearly blew a 15-point lead, but recovered in time to beat the Heat, and snap Miami's six-game home winning streak. Miami is still without injured superstar Shaquille O'Neal.

Boston's Paul Pierce made the game-winning lay-up to beat the buzzer and give his Celtics a 90-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Pierce led the Celtics with 27 points.

In another exciting contest, Sacramento's Bonzi Wells scored the winning basket with two seconds to go, lifting the Kings 106-104 over the Toronto Raptors.

The Washington Wizards needed double overtime to beat the Detroit Pistons 120-114. Gilbert Arenas netted 39 points and Caron Butler added a season-high 27 to help the Wizards end a five-game skid. The loss was Detroit's first at home after opening the NBA season with five straight wins.

In other NBA action, the Atlanta Hawks topped the Indiana Pacers 87-85, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 99-91, and the Orlando Magic thumped the Portland Trail Blazers 104-89. The Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with an 86-81 win over the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Bulls triumphed over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 106-99, and the Denver Nuggets knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers 105-95. The Golden State Warriors slipped past the Utah Jazz 94-90, and Steve Nash scored 25 points in the Phoenix Suns' 92-81 win over the New Jersey Nets.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.