Goran Dragic poured in 19 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-78, on Tuesday. Michael Beasley added 15 points and Luis Scola had 14 off the bench for the Suns, who have won three of their last four following a three-game skid. Anderson Varejao scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 18 boards while Dion Waiters added 16 points and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who are just 1-4 since losing point guard Kyrie Irving to a finger injury, and 1-10 over their past 11 contests.
Final Score: Philadelphia 100, Dallas 98
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Turner scored 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late comeback attempt by the Dallas Mavericks to produce a 100-98 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. Thaddeus Young added 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 along with seven assists for Philadelphia, which put together a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to break an 81-81 deadlock before staving off the hard-charging Mavericks down the stretch to record their fifth win in seven games. Dallas cut a 100-93 deficit with under two minutes left down to two on the strength of five straight points from Vince Carter, then had a chance to tie when O.J. Mayo was fouled going to the lane with 2.7 seconds to play. He missed both free throw tries, however, and Jae Crowder's desperation shot off the rebound missed the mark as time expired. Chris Kaman put up 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Shawn Marion finished with 17 in the loss, Dallas' second straight and seventh in its last 10 outings.
Final Score: Houston 117, Toronto 101
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Playing with heavy hearts, the Houston Rockets made their grieving head coach Kevin McHale proud in the team's first game since the death of his daughter. Jeremy Lin and James Harden combined for 40 points and 22 assists in the Rockets' 117-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. McHale's 23-year-old daughter Sasha passed away Saturday after a long battle with lupus, an auto-immune disease. She had been hospitalized with a related condition. The Rockets wore black badges on their jerseys to honor Sasha McHale. Lin, who has tallied nine assists and 12 turnovers over his last three games coming in, dished out 10 helpers to go along with 16 points and three giveaways in the win. Harden added 24 points and 12 assists for Houston, which has won three straight contests. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds in the victory. Lin took over the reigns at point guard this season for Kyle Lowry, who had been with Houston the previous three-plus years. Lowry had just seven points for Toronto, which has dropped five consecutive games.