Hawks 97, Bobcats 83
Paul Millsap scored 28 points and the Atlanta Hawks continued their mastery over the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Hawks (30-35) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half and took control of the game by outscoring Charlotte 30-16 in the third quarter.
It was Atlanta's 11th straight victory over Charlotte spanning the past three seasons, and it allowed the Hawks to close to within 1 1/2 games of the Bobcats in the battle for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Mavericks 94, Celtics 89
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks opened an eight-game homestand with a win over Boston.
The Mavs improved to 41-27 and matched their victory total of last season, the first non-playoff campaign for the franchise since 1999-2000.
The Celtics (22-46) have dropped five in row, and finished the season 0-15 against the West on the road. Boston have lost seven of their last eight against Dallas.