CHICAGO – Monta Ellis had 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control early in coasting to a 105-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter added 18 points apiece for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 32 while bouncing back from a home loss to San Antonio on Thursday.
Joakim Noah led Chicago with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.
The Mavericks took command with a 15-2 run to end the first quarter, turning a 17-15 deficit into a 30-19 lead. Carter had seven points during the spurt.
CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 100: In Boston, Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points, Brandon Bass added 15 points and had a game-saving blocked shot in the closing seconds as Boston ended a three-game losing streak.
Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds for Boston. Bass also had eight boards.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 32 points, the eighth time in his last 10 games he’s scored 20 or more.
WIZARDS 106, PISTONS 82: In Washington, John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat added 16 points, and Washington routed Detroit for its fourth win in five games.
Greg Monroe scored 14 points and Brandon Jennings had 13 for Detroit, which has dropped four of five.
RAPTORS 115, KNICKS 100: In Toronto, Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Toronto beat New York for the second straight night.
On Friday, the Raptors overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat New York 95-83 at Madison Square Garden.
HAWKS 118, BOBCATS 116, OT: In Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored a season-high 31 points, and Lou Williams scored 10 of his season-best 28 points in overtime for Atlanta, which has won two straight and five of six and was playing their first game since top scorer Al Horford suffered a torn pectoral muscle.
GRIZZLIES 120, NUGGETS 99: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Memphis got 62 points from their bench to hand Denver its sixth straight loss.
The 120 points were a season high for Memphis, only two less than the most the Nuggets have allowed in a game this season.
ROCKETS 107, PELICANS 98: In Houston, Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in Houston’s comeback victory.
Chandler Parsons added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Terrence Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds to help Houston win its third straight game and snap New Orleans’ winning streak at two.
TIMBERWOLVES 117, BUCKS 95: In Milwaukee, Kevin Love had 33 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, and Minnesota clobbered Milwaukee, which fell to a league-worst 6-24.
SUNS 115, 76ERS 101: In Phoenix, Miles Plumlee scored a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, and Phoenix bounced back from its worst loss of the season.
Goran Dragic added 21 points and Eric Bledsoe 20 for the Suns, who lost Friday at Golden State 115-86.