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AUBURN HILLS, Mich.- Chauncey Billups scored 35 points against Phoenix star Steve Nash and his 3-pointer with 3:40 left put the Pistons ahead in a 109-102 win over the Suns.

Lakers 104, Rockets 88

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 43 points in the third quarter to help the Lakers beat Houston.

Mavericks 103, Nuggets 79

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the Mavericks snap a season-long three-game losing streak.

Timberwolves 106, Warriors 104

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MINNEAPOLIS – Ricky Davis made three free throws in the final 12 seconds of overtime and the Timberwolves hung on to beat Golden State.

Grizzlies 98, Hawks 87

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and Mike Miller added 18 to help the Grizzlies beat Atlanta.

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