Highlights of Tuesday's NBA games
March 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games:
Mavericks 122, Lakers 111
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, including the 30,000th of his career, to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 122-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki, the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, hit the magical number on his signature one-legged, step-back jumper on the baseline early in the second quarter. In the midst of an arena-wide celebration, Nowitzki hit a long three-pointer on the next trip down the court before the game was stopped.
A video tribute followed as Nowitzki was mobbed by his teammates, coaches and owner Mark Cuban. Nowitzki came out to center court to acknowledge the cheers and wave thanks to the fans.
The other five players with at least 30,000 points are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419).
Trail Blazers 126, Thunder 121
Despite a career-high 58 points from Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City lost to Portland.
Seven Trail Blazers scored in double figures led by Allen Crabbe, who posted 23 points. Damian Lillard scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. CJ McCollum added 21 points for Portland.
Westbrook shot 21 of 39 to go along with nine assists. He was the only Thunder starter to register an assist. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points in his first game back from injury and Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 11 for Oklahoma City.
Wizards 131, Suns 127
John Wall had 25 points and 14 assists as Washington gave back a 22-point first half lead and had to rally from 11 down in the second half to beat Phoenix.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 29 points and Bradley Beal had 15 of his 27 points in the first quarter for the Wizards. Washington won 15 of its last 19 games and has its best 62-game record since starting 43-19 in the 1978-79 season, the last time it reached the NBA Finals.
Eric Bledsoe had 30 points and Devin Booker 25 for the Suns, who saw their season-high win streak end at three but not before outscoring Washington 47-14 over a 12-minute span of the second and third quarters to turn a 56-34 deficit into an 81-70 lead.