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Dirk Nowitzki overtook Shaquille O'Neal for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list on Wednesday evening.
The 37-year-old German had a big night in New York as his 22-point haul, including the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds remaining in overtime, helped the Dallas Mavericks topple Brooklyn 119-118 - a fifth consecutive home loss for the Nets.
San Antonio secured their seventh straight win with an emphatic 108-83 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard led six Spurs players in double figures with 19 points, and grabbed six rebounds, while Tony Parker made six of 11 shots for 14 points.
LeBron James' 24 points helped the Cleveland Cavaliers overcome the short-handed New York Knicks 91-84.
Russell Westbrook had 23 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Los Angeles Lakers 120-85, while 20 points from Klay Thompson lifted the Golden State Warriors past the Utah Jazz 103-85.
Philadelphia's losing run stretched to 12 games as they were defeated 113-100 in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and Khris Middleton contributed 21 for the Bucks as the 76ers fell to 1-30, including 0-18 on the road.
Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points, Jae Crowder 19, and Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas 18 apiece as the Boston Celtics made it back-to-back wins with a 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Indiana slumped to a third straight loss, going down 108-106 at home to the Sacramento Kings despite a late rally. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 25 points, with Darren Collison adding a season-high 24.
Nik Vucevic (21) led six Magic players in double figures as the Houston Rockets' three-game winning streak ended in a 104-101 defeat in Orlando, and Jeff Teague had 23 points as the Atlanta Hawks clinched their fifth straight win - 107-100 against the Detroit Pistons.
The New Orleans Pelicans cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 115-89, while 31 points from Randy Foye propelled the Denver Nuggets to a 104-96 win over Phoenix - the Suns' third loss in a row - and Garrett Temple poured in 20 points and John Wall had 14 points and 14 assists as the Washington Wizards overcame the Memphis Grizzlies 100-91.