Thursday, November 15, 2001
Cavs blown out at home
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Michael Finley added 22 and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 107-94 win Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were blown out for the fourth straight time at home.
Cleveland has lost its four home games by 19, 30, 16 and 13 points.
Mavericks' Donnell Harvey drives toward the basket against Cavaliers' Brian Skinner in the fourth quarter Wednesday in Cleveland.
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Steve Nash had 11 points and 12 assists and Shawn Bradley, making just his second start, had 15 points and five blocks. Nowitzki scored 18 in the second half when the Mavericks pulled away
Jumaine Jones had 20 points and Andre Miller had 16 assists for the Cavs.
76ers 100, Hornets 86
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 33 points and Matt Harpring added 21, improving the defending Eastern Conference champions to 3-0 since Iverson returned from elbow surgery after opening with five straight losses.
Iverson shot just 10-of-26 but made 12 of 13 foul shots. He hit 12 straight from the line before missing a technical with 4:20 left. Since returning, Iverson is shooting just 25-of-84.
Jamal Mashburn scored 21 points and Baron Davis added 20 for Charlotte.
Celtics 101, Pacers 93
BOSTON Joe Johnson scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, adding eight rebounds and six assists.
It was tied 86-all with just under eight minutes left when Johnson hit a 3-pointer to give Boston the lead for good. The first-round draft pick added three more baskets down the stretch to help the Celtics win their third consecutive game.
Antoine Walker had 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, and Paul Pierce scored 31 for Boston.
Jalen Rose scored 24 for Indiana, which has lost two in a row for the first time this season.
Bucks 107, Wizards 98
WASHINGTON Sam Cassell scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half, and Ray Allen scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as the Bucks sent the Wizards to their fifth straight loss.
Michael Jordan scored 31 points and led Washington back from a 20-point deficit. The Bucks led 63-43 early in the third quarter, but the Wizards had runs of 14-2 and 12-2 to tie the game at 84 early in the fourth.
But the Wizards never took the lead. Allen scored the next five points and Michael Redd made two free throws to complete a 7-0 run.
Jordan has never lost more than six NBA games in a row. The Wizards will match that streak if they lose to Utah at home on Friday night.
Hawks 111, Jazz 79
ATLANTA Dion Glover and Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 19 points apiece as the Hawks snapped a four-game losing streak.
The younger, more athletic Hawks shot 57 percent from the field and never trailed after a Hanno Mottola's layup gave them a 22-21 lead late in the first quarter. Atlanta took control of the game with an 11-2 run to start the second, and essentially ended it with a 20-3 run to start the third.
Donyell Marshall led Utah with 14 points, while Karl Malone played just 28 minutes and had seven.
Magic 93, Suns 92
PHOENIX Patrick Ewing, in his best offensive game in two seasons, scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Tracy McGrady added 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Magic snapped a three-game road losing streak in their third stop on a four-game road trip.
Stephon Marbury scored 25 and Shawn Marion 20 for the Suns. Penny Hardaway added 12 points on just 4-for-14 shooting. The Suns scored the last five points of the game and had a chance to win it, but Marbury's one-hander on a drive didn't connect.
Raptors 89, Warriors 82
OAKLAND, Calif. Vince Carter scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Golden State for the eighth straight time.
Toronto trailed for much of the night while Golden State center Erick Dampier had a phenomenal game, but the Raptors went ahead with a 13-4 run early in the fourth. Carter started it with consecutive 3-pointers. Golden State pulled to 80-76 on Chris Mills' jumper with 5:24 left, but the Warriors couldn't score again until Larry Hughes' jumper with 1:06 to play.
Dampier had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Warriors.
Clippers 106, Bulls 102
LOS ANGELES In his first game against his former team, Elton Brand scored 20 points, including a go-ahead shot with 1:07 left.
The Clippers got 19 points from Quentin Richardson and 16 points from Jeff McInnis to improve to .500 (4-4) for the first time this season.
The Bulls trailed 96-85 when they began their comeback, and Fred Hoiberg hit a 3-pointer with 1:50 left to give them a 99-97 lead. Brand hit his basket and McInnis made another shot with 20 seconds left to put Los Angeles ahead 103-100. Earl Boykins then sealed the victory with three free throws in the final seconds.
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