Saturday, November 16, 2002

Mavericks remain unbeaten

Dallas tops Celts, runs record to 9-0

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 32 points and the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA's only unbeaten team, improved to 9-0 with a 97-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Dallas broke Boston's six-game winning streak and became only the sixth team in 15 years to start 9-0 or better. The Mavericks won by at least 10 points for the sixth time.

Boston (6-3) got just nine points from Paul Pierce and its last lead was 16-15. The Celtics cut the deficit to 76-70 with 8:35 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Antoine Walker and Tony Delk. But the Mavericks regained control with a 10-0 run that made it 86-70 with 6:16 remaining.

The Celtics were led by Walker's 22 points.

Raptors 84, Nuggets 79

TORONTO - Voshon Lenard scored 19 points and Antonio Davis added 18, the two combining for Toronto's final 12 points as the Raptors beat Denver.

Davis added eight rebounds and three blocks in his return after missing four games due to a strained ribcage muscle.

James Posey had a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have lost four of five.

Pacers 103, Bucks 100, OT

INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest scored 22 points and made the game-winning three-point play in overtime as Indiana remained unbeaten at home and atop the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers - 7-1 overall and 6-0 at Conseco Fieldhouse - have won six straight since losing at New Jersey on Nov.1.

Pistons 86, Jazz 75

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Chauncey Billips added 17 as the Pistons improved to 4-0 at home.

Detroit also got 14 points from Cliff Robinson and 15 rebounds from Ben Wallace to sweep the season series.

The Jazz were without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who was a late scratch with a strained back. Greg Ostertag led Utah with 11 points, while Karl Malone and Calbert Cheaney had 10 each.

Utah tied the game at 45 with an 8-0 run early in the third, getting two baskets and an assist from Malone. But Detroit regained control with a 21-2 run to finish the quarter.

Nets 93, Heat 84

MIAMI - Jason Kidd scored 33 points and made two pivotal plays midway through the second half.

Kidd made 13 of 25 shots and added six rebounds and six assists.

The Heat have lost four in a row and are 1-6, their worst start in eight years.

Nets forward Kenyon Martin left the game early in the fourth quarter after breaking his nose when he was accidentally hit in the face by Miami's Vladimir Stepania as they battled for a loose ball. He is expected to be available tonight against Dallas.

Rookie Caron Butler had a season-high 18 points for Miami, and Eddie Jones also scored 18.

Timberwolves 99, Grizzlies 95

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Wally Szczerbiak scored six of his 22 points in the final two minutes as Minnesota spoiled Hubie Brown's return to the sidelines.

The loss was the ninth in a row for the Grizzlies, the only winless team in the league. It was their first game under the direction of Brown, who is back coaching after a 16-year break.

Hornets 105, Bulls 87

NEW ORLEANS - Baron Davis and David Wesley scored 22 points apiece as the Hornets improved to 6-0 in their new home.

Jamal Mashburn added 16 points, P.J. Brown had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Davis added 12 assists for the Hornets, who trailed 52-49 at halftime but surged ahead for good by outscoring Chicago 34-14 in the third quarter.

Jalen Rose led the Bulls with 23 but had trouble scoring in the second half. Rookie Lonny Baxter added 11 off the bench and Eddy Curry scored 10 for Chicago, which shot 12-of-36 over the last two periods.

SuperSonics 111, Kings 97

SEATTLE - Desmond Mason had 20 points and tied a career-high with 17 rebounds, leading six Seattle players in double figures.

The Sonics snapped Sacramento's three-game winning streak.

Trail Blazers 112, Clippers 88

PORTLAND, Ore. - Derek Anderson returned from a four-game absence, started at point guard and had 28 points and nine rebounds for Portland.

Bonzi Wells added 21 points for Portland, which snapped a two-game losing streak but appeared to have some internal problems. Guard Damon Stoudamire, who had started in all nine games, was benched.

Suns 88, Rockets 87

PHOENIX - Stephon Marbury scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a soaring layup with 6.3 seconds left that gave Phoenix the victory.

Shawn Marion scored 27 and Penny Hardaway was two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Suns won their fourth in a row. Marbury's game-winner was the only basket for either team in the final 2:02.

Yao Ming hit double-digits in scoring for the first time in his brief NBA career with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in 14 minutes.

Steve Francis scored 15 points - less than half his season average of 30.3 - on 5-for-18 shooting to lead six Rockets in double figures.

Lakers 96, Warriors 89, OT

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant, who chipped a tooth late in regulation, scored 45 points as Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak .

Robert Horry had seven of his nine points and Bryant added four in overtime for the Lakers, still without Shaquille O'Neal. The Warriors went the final 4:09 with a field goal.

The victory kept coach Phil Jackson from losing five in a row for the first time since 1994, and also kept the three-time defending NBA champions out of the Pacific Division cellar.

Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

NBA Notes

RAPTORS: Center Mamadou N'diaye is out four weeks with a stress fracture in his right heal.

N'diaye, who missed the final 26 games of last season with the same injury, averaged 5.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in six games this season.

The injury-plagued Raptors are already missing star Vince Carter (strained left quadriceps tendon) and reserves Lamond Murray (torn ligament in right foot), Eric Montross (fractured left foot) and Nate Huffman (right knee surgery).

Antonio Davis, who missed four games with a strained rib, and Jelani McCoy, who missed two games with a strained back, was to return to the lineup Friday night against the Denver Nuggets.

SONICS: Jerome James, who has missed three straight games with a strained tendon in his right foot, has developed a stress fracture that will keep him out 4-to-6 weeks. Coach Nate McMillan said James, averaging 3.8 points and two rebounds, probably won't return until after Jan. 1.

ESPN DROPS KNICKS: First the home fans, now a national network. The New York Knicks aren't as hot a commodity as they once were.

ESPN is dropping plans to televise New York's game against the visiting Indiana Pacers on Jan. 3. It's being replaced by that night's game between Denver and Seattle.

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Alter 42, Reading 10
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Beechwood 28, Holy Cross 6
Highlands 52, Scott 0
Boone Co. 40, Louisville Eastern 39
LexCath 29, CovCath 27
Trinity 31, Dixie Heights 16
Roncalli 17, East Central 10 (OT)
Mason Co. 49, Lloyd 21
Newport Central Catholic 47, Raceland 7

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