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Mayo, Mavericks spoil McHale’s return to Rockets’ bench

HOUSTON – O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets on Saturday night in coach Kevin McHale’s return to the Houston bench.

James Harden had 30 points at halftime, but the Mavericks slowed him down in the second half. He scored just nine points in the second half.

McHale rejoined the team Saturday after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.

Chris Kaman added 20 points for Dallas, and Vince Carter and Darren Collison had 12 apiece.

Heat 106, Hornets 90: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists, and Miami snapped a two-game slide by topping New Orleans.

Chris Bosh scored 13, and Ray Allen and Shane Battier each added 11 for Miami, which took control by outscoring the Hornets 33-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half. New Orleans started the game 10 for 12 from the floor, then shot 9 for 31 over the rest of the half.

Hawks 93, Grizzlies 83: At Memphis, Tenn., Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and Atlanta won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Al Horford had 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta, while Jeff Teague finished with 13 points and six assists.

Pistons 104, Cavaliers 97: At Cleveland, Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points, and Detroit beat Cleveland for the second time in six days.

The Pistons, who won for the second time in 12 road games this season, took control with a run that began late in the third quarter and carried into the fourth period.

Celtics 92, 76ers 79: At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and Boston won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia.

Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists and collected nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo had just seven points.

Spurs 132, Bobcats 102: At Charlotte, N.C., Danny Green scored 23 points and San Antonio set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand Charlotte its seventh straight loss.

Green was 7 of 9 from 3-point range, and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.

Warriors 101, Wizards 97: At Washington, David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 23 points and Golden State beat Washington for its third straight road win.

Clippers 117, Suns 99: At Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and Los Angeles won its fifth in a row while sending Phoenix to a season-worst sixth straight loss.

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