Nowitzki leads Mavericks over Bulls; Noah separates shoulder
CHICAGO – Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 83-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Nowitzki hit a three-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72 after the teams had traded the lead most of the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler missed two three-pointers in the final 12 seconds.
Butler was limited to four points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field, one night after scoring a career-high 53 in a victory at Philadelphia.
Deron Williams had 18 points for the Mavericks and Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds.
Derrick Rose, back in the lineup after missing one game because of knee pain, led the Bulls with 18 points. Pau Gasol added 17 points and Taj Gibson had 11 rebounds.
Chicago's Joakim Noah left the game after separating his left shoulder with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Noah was in obvious pain after tangling with the Mavericks' JaVale McGee under the basket. Noah had been playing in his fourth game after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same shoulder.
Chicago led most of the first half, but Dallas used a 15-2 run in the third quarter to catch up.
•NO BRICKS FROM THE WALL: John Wall had 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to lead the Wizards to a 118-104 victory over the Pacers. The Wizards outscored the Pacers 35-19 in the second quarter, led by as much as 20 in the third and cruised to the road victory. Bradley Beal added 22 points for Washington. Paul George scored 21 points, had seven rebounds and finished with five assists for Indiana.
•NO DOUBTING THOMAS: Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points against his former team, Marcus Smart had his first career triple-double and the Celtics beat the visiting Suns 117-103. Thomas was acquired from the Suns in a trade last Feb. 19. Four days later in his only other game against Phoenix since the deal, he had 21 points and seven assists. Smart had 10 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic led Phoenix with 22 points, and Brandon Knight had 16. The Suns, who play the Wolves on Sunday at Target Center, have lost 12 of 13 to drop to 13-28. Boston improved to 21-19.
• DOMINATIN' DAMIEN: Damian Lillard had 33 points and 10 assists, reserve Allen Crabbe added 19 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Nets 116-104 for their third straight victory. Brook Lopez scored 25 points for the Nets, who have lost 11 of their past 12 at Barclays Center.
•RYAN'S SONG: Ryan Anderson hit six three-pointers and had a season-high 32 points, Anthony Davis dunked Jrue Holiday's alley-oop lob with 2 seconds left and the host Pelicans beat the Hornets 109-107. Davis finished with 22 points to help New Orleans win its second straight. Holiday added 13 points and 10 assists.
•WADE OUT: Heat guard Dwyane Wade was out of the lineup Friday against Denver because of injuries to both shoulders. Coach Erik Spoelstra said one shoulder has a "slight sprain and the other one is a little bit of an impingement issue that he's had."