The Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to nine after winning a close battle against the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-96.

Chris Paul scored 19 of his 21 points in the last 12 minutes and Devin Booker scored the best for Phoenix with 29, including a free throw with 16.1 seconds left to put the Suns at two.

D’Angelo Russell missed a three-runner for Minnesota with five seconds left, while Anthony Edwards lost the ball after claiming the rebound as the Timberwolves remain entrenched deep in the Northwest Division.

Nikola Jokic scored 35 but the Denver Nuggets fell to the Dallas Mavericks 111-101 with all the damage done in the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks opened the final frame with a 17-6 streak as they clinched the win, with Kristaps Porzingis scoring 29, Luka Doncic 23 and Tim Hardaway Junior adding 19.

The Houston Rockets fell to their 12th straight loss, losing 136-102 to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 as the Washington Wizards won their 10th of the season 105-100 against the New Brunswick Pelicans. Orleans.

Indiana only had two open play baskets in the fourth in their 92-84 loss to the New York Knicks, while Dennis Schroder scored six in the final 1:16 as the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-92.

Elsewhere, the Sacramento Kings beat the Detroit Pistons 129-107, Clint Capela had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 129-111 victory for the Atlanta Hawks over the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat a beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-90.

CJ McCollum scored the best goal with 29 in a 118-113 win for the Portland Trail Blazers over the Toronto Raptors and DeMar DeRozan had 38 as the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James 121 -103.