Friday, November 16, 2001
Pistons beat Mavs behind Stackhouse, Robinson
By The Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Jerry Stackhouse had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Cliff Robinson added 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 115-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
Robinson also helped limit Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki to 3-for-14 shooting and 10 points.
Detroit won for the fifth time in six games, avenging a season-opening loss to the Mavericks. The Pistons finished with a season-high in points and had 31 assists.
Ben Wallace had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Pistons, and rookie Zeljko Rebraca added a career-high 16 points in a reserve role.
Michael Finley led the Mavericks with 19. He and Nowitzki shot a combined 11-for-32 for just 29 points, 17 under their per-game average.
Knicks 83, Heat 74
NEW YORK Allan Houston scored 17 points, Latrell Sprewell added 16 and New York blew a big early lead before shutting down severely undermanned Miami in the fourth quarter.
Kurt Thomas started at center for the second straight game and had 13 points and 13 rebounds for New York, while Clarence Weatherspoon also started and scored 13.
Eddie Jones scored 22 and LaPhonso Ellis added 13 for Miami, which lost its fourth straight, matching its longest skid from last season.
The Heat were without starters Alonzo Mourning (food poisoning) and Brian Grant (bruised foot).
Trail Blazers 101, Grizzlies 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Rasheed Wallace scored 27 points, and Derek Anderson scored seven of his 18 points in 90-second span in the fourth quarter to lead Portland past Memphis, the Grizzlies' franchise-record eighth straight loss to open the season.
The Grizzlies opened the 1996-97 season with seven straight losses.
Bonzi Wells also scored 18 points for Portland. Ruben Patterson added 15 points, and Dale Davis finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Shane Battier had 30 points, five assists and three blocked shots for the Grizzlies. He shot 10-for-13 from the field and 7-for-9 from the line.
Lorenzen Wright added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.
Lakers 98, Rockets 97, OT
HOUSTON Shaquille O'Neal scored 30 points and grabbed the final rebound in overtime, leading Los Angeles past Houston for its seventh straight win.
The Lakers blew a 15-point, third-quarter lead, but held on in overtime to stretch their record to 7-0, their best start since the 1997-98 team opened 11-0.
The NBA record for consecutive victories to start the season is 15, shared by the 1993 Houston Rockets and the 1948 Washington Capitols.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points.
Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley, who missed the last game with a sprained left ankle, each scored 26 points for Houston. Francis also had 12 rebounds and five assists.
Magic 101, Nuggets 82
DENVER Grant Hill scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Tracy McGrady added 20 points in three periods as Orlando snapped Denver's three-
game winning streak.
Darrell Armstrong and Pat Garrity each had 12 points for Orlando, which extended its winning streak over the Nuggets to nine games.
Ryan Bowen came off the bench to score 14 points for the Denver. Nick Van Exel scored 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting, and Raef LaFrentz had 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
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