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By Dwayne C. Nelson

Add the Dallas Mavericks to your list of legit title contenders.

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The Mavs (44-16) won their seventh straight and 17th out of their last 18th game last night after fighting off the pesky Philadelphia 76ers, 101-93, at Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

Jason Terry came off the bench to spark Dallas, dropping in 30 points (three 3-pointers) in just 30 minutes. The Mavs’ Jason Kidd racked up another triple-double, scoring 13 points, dishing out 13 assists and pulling down 10 boards.

Philadelphia (30-30), whose four-game winning streak was snapped, was led by Jodie Meeks who finished with 16 points (four 3-pointers).

Here are the rest of last night’s NBA scores with each squad’s top performers.

Orlando 116, New York 110.

Orlando: Dwight Howard, 30 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks.

New York: Amare Stoudemire , 30 points.

Memphis 109, San Antonio 93,

Memphis: Zach Randolph, 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.

San Antonio: Gary Neal, 14 points.

Los Angeles 90, Minnesota 79.

Lakers: Pau Gasol, 12 points and 17 rebounds.

Minnesota: Wesley Johnson, 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Toronto 96, New Orleans 90.

Toronto: Jose Calderon, 22 points, 16 assists and 7 rebounds.

New Orleans: David West, 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston 103, Portland 87.

Houston: Kyle Lowry, 21 points and 11 assists.

Portland: Nicolas Batum, 22 points.

Indiana 109, Golden State 100.

Indiana:  Danny Granger, 27 points and 7 rebounds.

Golden State:  Reggie Williams 25 points (five 3-pointers).

Milwaukee 92, Detroit 90.

Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, 21 points and 7 rebounds.

Detroit: Rodney Stuckey, 25 points.

Dwayne C. Nelson is an arts & entertainment and sports blogger whose content is featured on various Web sites, including Associated Content, Yahoo! Sports and News One. You can now follow him on twitter to stay abreast of his latest posts.


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