CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored five straight points in a late run Monday as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85 for their sixth straight win.

Terry hit a 3-pointer with 1:38 left to give the Mavericks an 89-85 lead.

On the next possession, Greg Buckner stole the ball from Gerald Wallace and fed Terry for the decisive layup.

Rockets 97, Knicks 90

NEW YORK (AP) – Yao Ming had 26 points and nine rebounds in another strong game against the Knicks, and Tracy McGrady added 24 points in the Houston Rockets’ 97-90 victory over New York on Monday night.

Rafter Alston finished with 17 points for the Rockets, who beat the Knicks for the fifth straight time, their longest winning streak ever during the series. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy improved to 7-1 against his former team.

The Knicks did a better job on Yao than last time, when he collected 35 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the Rockets’ 104-93 victory in Houston on Nov. 10. The 7-foot-6 Yao was only 6-of-14 from the floor – with one miss coming when 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson blocked him in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

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