DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West on the NBA scoring list from a familiar spot: behind the 3-point line.
Nowitzki had 19 points, including consecutive shots from long range in the third quarter to move up to 16th in career scoring, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95 Tuesday night.
The 7-foot German will go down as the best-shooting big man in league history whenever he retires, so it was fitting that the 35-year-old was 26 feet from the basket when he supplanted the man whose silhouette serves the NBA logo.
"Jerry is the man," said Nowitzki, who finished the night with 25,197 points and now goes after Reggie Miller for 15th at 25,279 points. "He is the logo and that says it all. It has been a great ride," (see full recap).
James scores 33, Heat cruise
MIAMI -- The defensive effort was closer to Miami Heat standards.
LeBron James made it difficult to notice anything but offense.
James scored 33 points on 13 for 21 shooting - with an array of post-up moves getting him going early, then a barrage of 3-pointers fueling a big third-quarter push - and the Heat encountered little trouble on the way to a 118-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
James scored 17 points in the third quarter, his best 12-minute stretch of the season so far and an indicator that a balky back that slowed him in the season's first couple weeks is improving (see full recap).
Hill leads Lakers over Pelicans
LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, and Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' 116-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans.
Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points apiece for the Lakers, who led by 20 points in the first half before coasting to their 12th win in their last 13 regular-season meetings with New Orleans.
Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who have lost on the first two stops of their three-game West Coast road trip (see full recap).