Bulls 109, Spurs 99
CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored a career-high 42 points and the Chicago Bulls headed into the All-Star break with an impressive 109-99 victory over the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
Luol Deng had 19 points and Carlos Boozer finished with 15 for Chicago, which shot 54 percent to win its fourth straight. The Bulls are 38-16 after winning 41 games last season.
Once again hearing "M-V-P! M-V-P!" chants, Rose was at his best when San Antonio challenged Chicago in the fourth quarter. He had 13 points in the final period, answering Spurs baskets with acrobatic drives and long jumpers.
Tony Parker scored 26 points and All-Star Manu Ginobili added 16 for San Antonio, which had won six of seven. Reserve Gary Neal made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points.
Mavericks 112, Suns 106
PHOENIX — Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points to lead Dallas to its 13th victory in 14 games.
Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds, including a tip-in with 19 seconds left. Jason Terry scored 16, capped by a pair of free throws with 14.1 seconds to play to give Dallas a 111-106 lead. Shawn Marion added 12 points as the Mavericks improved to 9-0 against Pacific Division foes, including 4-0 on the road.
Channing Frye scored 24 points and Steve Nash 15 points and 14 assists in just the third loss for the Suns in their last 11 games.