Mavericks edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win (AFP)

Dallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade’s 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls. Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season — after absorbing a 25-point defeat last month in Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18 and JJ Barea added 12 for the Mavericks, who notched their third straight win.

NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's NBA games (Reuters)

Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Tuesday: Raptors 119, Nets 109 Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 points in place of a resting Kyle Lowry, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 119-109 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The Raptors announced shortly before the opening tip Lowry was resting some bumps and bruises to ensure he can play in his native Philadelphia on Wednesday. Lowry was active and in warmup gear as he watched Joseph turn in the best game of his five-year career.

Bucks looking to reach new heights, face Rockets (The Associated Press)

The temptation with the Milwaukee Bucks is to confuse their ascent with their arrival, and every so often their inconsistent play offers a reminder of the difficulties of becoming an established contender. With their 113-104 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, the Bucks (20-20) dropped their second consecutive game and slipped to .500. Milwaukee had won in San Antonio six days earlier and followed that triumph with a convincing victory over the Miami Heat to move two games above .500 for the fifth time this season.

DeRozan scores 36, Raptors hand Nets 11th straight loss (The Associated Press)

DeMar DeRozan’s double-double and Cory Joseph’s career night propelled the Toronto Raptors past the free-falling Brooklyn Nets. DeRozan had 36 points and 11 rebounds, and Joseph set a personal high by scoring 33 on Tuesday night in Toronto’s 119-109 victory over Brooklyn. After shooting 3 for 14 in the first half, DeRozan found his stroke and finished 13 for 28.

Embiid, 76ers brace for Raptors (The Associated Press)

Joel Embiid can only hope he has done enough to earn a spot in the NBA All-Star Game. Certainly the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-year center has done enough to make himself the odds-on favorite to earn the Rookie of the Year award, while awakening a slumbering team. Heading into Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors, he leads all rookies — as well as his team — in scoring (19.7), rebounding (7.7) and blocked shots (2.4).

Warriors, Durant get second look at Thunder, Westbrook (The Associated Press)

Golden State Warriors fans will get a second look this season at triple-double machine Russell Westbrook when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. Westbrook’s first impression on the Golden State faithful in the post-Kevin Durant era was not flattering. The Thunder guard did record a 20-point, 10-assist double-double in the Nov. 3 game, but he missed 11 of his 15 shots and had as many turnovers (six) as rebounds (six).

Warriors break ground on San Francisco arena with fanfare (The Associated Press)

Hard hats on, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant lifted their golden shovels filled with dirt in a ceremonial moment for the Warriors franchise as it broke ground on snazzy new San Francisco digs at long last. ”Honestly, a relief to some extent,” owner and CEO Joe Lacob said. Kerr is campaigning for the Golden State name to stay put along with his superstar players.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)

Carmelo Anthony insists he remains loyal to the New York Knicks, even if the organization is no longer extending the same courtesy. The nine-time All-Star said Sunday he hasn’t considered waiving his no-trade clause despite rumblings that Knicks president Phil Jackson may be ready to move on from the former NBA scoring champion. – – Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi is expected to be sidelined as long as two weeks with an injured right calf, the team announced.

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