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DENVER • Randy Foye scored a season-high 23 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers, and Denver routed Boston for its third straight win after an eight-game losing streak.

Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Ty Lawson added 19 points and 13 assists for the Nuggets, who sent the Celtics to their fifth loss in a row and reversed a 106-98 loss at Boston on Dec. 6. The Nuggets returned to .500 (17-17) with the victory.

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Jerryd Bayless, acquired earlier in the day by Boston as part of a three-team trade that also involved Memphis and Oklahoma City, had six points in 25 minutes in his Celtics debut.

Jeff Green led Boston with 17 points. Brandon Bass had 15.

MAVERICKS 110, LAKERS 97

DALLAS • Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Dallas avoided its longest home losing streak in 14 years.

The Mavericks had lost four straight at home, the last victory in their arena coming against Memphis the week before Christmas.

Los Angeles lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Nowitzki had three baskets on passes from Gal Mekel in a 59-second span early in the second quarter to put Dallas up 43-39. Nowitzki started the span with a running layup before consecutive 11-foot jumpers that sandwiched a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks.


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Meeks led the Lakers with 24 points.

KNICKS 89, PISTONS 85

NEW YORK • Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the third quarter, and then made the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left as the Knicks handed the Pistons a season-high fifth straight loss.

Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and six assists in his return from injury for the Knicks, who came home from a 2-1 Texas swing and held on after blowing most of the 17-point lead they built while outscoring the Pistons 32-17 in the third quarter.

Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks overcome the absence of an ill Tyson Chandler to beat the Pistons at Madison Square Garden for the eighth straight time.

Josh Smith had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while Andre Drummond finished with 12 points and 17 boards.

BULLS 92, SUNS 87

CHICAGO • Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls won their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade.

Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth victory in eight games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 13. Tony Snell added 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 13.

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