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Bulls snap Mavericks’ winning streak

CHICAGO — Ben Gordon scored 30 points, Luol Deng added 21 and the Chicago Bulls snapped the Dallas Mavericks’ eight-game winning streak with a 96-85 victory Thursday night.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 28 points and 11 rebounds, who lost for just the second time in 23 games.

After nearly blowing an early 17-point lead, the Bulls pulled away late in the fourth quarter.

Nowitzki’s 3 closed Chicago’s lead to 79-76 with 4:31 left.

P.J. Brown followed with a basket for Chicago and Kirk Hinrich followed with a 3, making it 84-76. Erick Dampier’s dunk for Dallas cut the lead to 86-81, but Brown answered for Chicago by going around Nowitzki for a basket and hitting a jumper to put Chicago up 90-81 with 1:16 left.

Brown scored of six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Hinrich added 15 points and eight rebounds and Ben Wallace had 17 rebounds for Chicago, who improved to 19-6 at home.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 16 points and Jason Terry added 12 points and six assists for Dallas.

Nowitzki and Josh Howard, Dallas’ top two scorers, had poor shooting games. Nowitzki was 4-for-16 and Howard was 1-for-15 entering the fourth quarter. They finally got it going in the fourth.

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