(Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (center) and Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter fight for a loose ball on the baseline during the second half of Dallas’ 94-75 loss Monday, March 2, 2012 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. G.J. McCarthy/Staff Photographer – Dallas Morning News)
DALLAS (AP) — Randy Foye had 28 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth consecutive game, 94-75 over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night for their longest winning streak in two decades.
Blake Griffin had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who last won six in a row in March 1992. Griffin had scored 20 points in each of the previous six games.
After Brandon Wright’s tip-in capped an 8-0 run that pulled the Mavericks to within 76-62 with about 7½ minutes left, Foye responded with a 3-pointer. Jason Terry then made another basket for Dallas, only to have Foy hit another 3 — his eighth to match the franchise record.
Foye was 10 of 19 from the floor, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range. Quentin Richardson also made 8 3-pointers while scoring 36 points for the Clippers at Boston on Feb. 4, 2004.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 19 points.
ROCKETS 99, BULLS 93
The Bulls had gone a franchise-record 86 regular-season games without dropping two in a row, second only to Utah’s 95-game run in the late 1990s. But after getting mauled by Oklahoma City, they fell again for the second time in as many days.
The Rockets trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and were down 13 in the third, but a 14-1 run tied it at 62 late in the third and a 17-2 burst gave the Rockets an 84-72 lead.
Luol Deng scored 24 points, and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago.
GRIZZLIES 94, THUNDER 88
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, including a key 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and Memphis snapped Oklahoma City’s six-game win streak.
Tony Allen added 15 points and Marc Gasol scored 13 for the Grizzlies, who were without starting point guard Mike Conley for a second straight game because of a sore right ankle.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 21 points and Russell Westbrook scored 19, with 12 coming as Oklahoma City tried to rally in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies won for the fourth time in five games. Memphis is in the midst of playing nine out of 11 games on the road and Monday’s win opened a back-to-back-to-back stretch.
BUCKS 112, WIZARDS 98
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored 19 points to help Milwaukee pull within two games of the final playoff spot in the East with a win over Washington.
Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points apiece, Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Jennings added seven assists and six rebounds as the Bucks try to take advantage of a soft spot in the schedule in its pursuit of the eighth-place New York Knicks.
Milwaukee now returns home for a five-game homestand that starts with Cleveland, Charlotte and Portland — all teams with losing records.
Jordan Crawford scored 23 points to lead the Wizards.
JAZZ 102, BLAZERS 97
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Paul Millsap had 31 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 1:11 left, and pulled down 11 rebounds to help Utah beat Portland and snap a three-game losing streak.
The Jazz held a 94-90 lead with 5 minutes to go, but LaMarcus Aldridge hit two straight jumpers to close the gap for the Blazers. Wesley Matthews made a 3-pointer for a 97-94 Blazers lead, but Al Jefferson hit a short jumper before Millsap’s dunk gave Utah back the lead.
Jamaal Tinsley’s steal on a Portland inbound pass led to another dunk for Millsap to make it 100-97 and the Blazers couldn’t catch up.
Matthews led the Blazers with 33 points and Aldridge added 27.
KINGS 116, TIMBERWOLVES 108
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tyreke Evans had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead Sacramento over slumping Minnesota.
The Kings, who came in having lost five of six, opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way.
Sacramento made its free throws in the closing minute to secure the victory and move to 14-12 at home this season.
Kevin Love had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight and fourth in five games.