Printed on: December 09, 2012

Mayo drops 40 to help topple in-state rival Mavs


Associated Press

HOUSTON -- O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets on Saturday night in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench.

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HEAT 106, HORNETS 90: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists, and Miami snapped a two-game slide by topping New Orleans.

Chris Bosh scored 13, and Ray Allen and Shane Battier each added 11 for Miami, which took control by outscoring the Hornets 33-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half. New Orleans started the game 10 for 12 from the floor, then shot 9 for 31 over the rest of the half.

BULLS 93, KNICKS 85: At Chicago, Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as Chicago snapped New York's five-game winning streak.

Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, while Deng had 10 in the fourth, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season.

HAWKS 93, GRIZZLIES 83: At Memphis, Tenn., Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and Atlanta won for the nine time in 10 games.

Al Horford had 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta, while Jeff Teague finished with 13 points and six assists.

PISTONS 104, CAVALIERS 97: At Cleveland, Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and Detroit beat Cleveland for the second time in six days.

The Pistons won for just the second time in 12 road games this season.

CELTICS 92, 76ERS 79: At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and Boston won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia.

SPURS 132, BOBCATS 102: At Charlotte, N.C., Danny Green scored 23 points and San Antonio set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand Charlotte its seventh straight loss.

WARRIORS 101, WIZARDS 97: At Washington, David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 23 points and Golden State beat Washington for its third straight road win.

CLIPPERS 117, SUNS 99: At Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and Los Angeles won its fifth in a row while sending Phoenix to a season-worst sixth straight loss.

TRAIL BLAZERS 99, KINGS 80: At Portland, Ore., DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and Sacramento snapped a six-game road losing streak.

Aaron Brooks had 14 for the Kings, who have won three in a row for the first time this season.