NBA ROUNDUP Tuesday's games



Mavericks 124, Bulls 98
DALLAS -- Nothing changed for the Chicago Bulls in their first game after coach Bill Cartwright's firing. They lost again. Michael Finley scored a season-high 28 points to lead Dallas to victory, handing the Bulls (4-11) their sixth straight loss, their first with interim coach Pete Myers. Finley scored 13 of his points in a 33-15 third-quarter run in which the Mavericks made 12 straight shots. Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who won their fourth straight and are undefeated in eight home games. Dallas has won 11 straight against the Bulls.
Pacers 98, Timberwolves 75
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ron Artest had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana. Jermaine O'Neal had 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks and Jeff Foster added 10 points and nine boards to help NBA-leading Indiana improve to 12-2. The Pacers have won six straight. Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
Heat 91, Hornets 87
MIAMI -- Eddie Jones and Brian Grant each hit two free throws in the final 15 seconds to help Miami beat New Orleans. The victory was the Heat's first over the Hornets since April 2001, breaking a seven-game regular-season losing streak. Jones led the Heat with 25 points, and Lamar Odom added 19. Baron Davis scored 28 points for the Hornets.
Bucks 95, 76ers 91
MILWAUKEE -- Michael Redd scored 26 points and rookie T.J. Ford had a season-high nine assists for Milwaukee. Joe Smith had 16 points and nine rebounds, Desmond Mason added 13 points, and Tim Thomas had 12 points despite playing only a minute in the fourth quarter after spraining his left ankle. Allen Iverson led the 76ers with 28 points.
Nets 93, SuperSonics 70
SEATTLE -- Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for New Jersey after missing the Nets' previous game because of a sore left knee. Kenyon Martin had season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Nets opened a five-game Western road trip one day after learning center Alonzo Mourning was retiring because his life-threatening kidney illness had worsened.
Kings 109, Grizzlies 89
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points to help Sacramento beat Memphis for the eighth straight time. Mike Bibby added 16 points and six assists in the Kings' sixth straight victory. The Kings improved to 8-0 at home this season with their 15th straight victory at Arco. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Wizards 81, Trail Blazers 80
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Larry Hughes' driving layup with 10.4 seconds left lifted Washington past Portland. Hughes led Washington with 22 points. The Wizards played with top scorer Gilbert Arenas, sidelined by an abdominal sprain. Zach Randolph had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Portland.
Nuggets 110, Suns 80
DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, leading seven Denver players in double figures. Voshon Lenard and Francisco Elson each had 16 points, and Francisco Elson added 10 rebounds. Reserves Earl Boykins and Rodney White scored 15 points each. Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire matched his season high with 25 points and also had 13 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists.
-- Associated Press

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