In National Basketball Association action, Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 109-96 win over the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.

Josh Howard added 28 points and Devean George had 14 for the Mavericks, who have won 18 of their last 19 games.

Rockets' star Tracy McGrady had 45 points in the loss.

In Seattle, Ray Allen had 22 points and 11 assists as the host Supersonics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-96.

Elsewhere, Jannero Pargo scored 25 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to an 84-78 overtime win over the Orlando Magic.


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