Pain from sprain turns into Nowitzki's gain

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

DALLAS-- Dirk Nowitzki, listed as doubtful due to a sprained left ankle, had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 110-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

Michael Finley had 31 points and Steve Nash added 16 for the Mavericks, who are off to a 4-1 start.

Elden Campbell's 17 points and 10 rebounds paced the Hornets, who fell to 2-2. David Wesley added 16 points, with Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn contributing 14 each.

Rockets 99, Nuggets 93

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis had 22 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Francis scored all eight of his fourth-quarter points in a three-minute span as Houston turned an 85-81 lead into a 95-85 advantage with 1:07 to play.

Cuttino Mobley scored 17 points, while Kenny Thomas had 14 points and Kevin Willis had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Nick Van Exel scored 25 points as Denver lost its third straight game.

Spurs 104, Magic 89

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan recorded his fifth consecutive double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

David Robinson added 17 points, Malik Rose had 15 and rookie Tony Parker added 12 after moving into the starting lineup.

Orlando, which lost its second straight game, was led by Tracy McGrady with 20 points, while Grant Hill added 17 points before fouling out with 6:10 remaining.

Timberwolves 104, Knicks 94

MINNEAPOLIS -- Wally Szczerbiak tied his previous career-high of 28 by halftime and finished with 35 points as Minnesota remained undefeated.

Szczerbiak shot 14-for-19, although he was sitting with three fouls for the entire third quarter when the Timberwolves made a decisive 24-5 run.

Terrell Brandon scored eight points and Anthony Peeler had seven during the run. Brandon's jumper from the right corner gave Minnesota its biggest lead, 82-63.

Heat 87, SuperSonics 85, OT

MIAMI -- Eddie Jones scored 25 points, including the game-winner with 1.7 seconds left in overtime, as the Heat overcame the absence of Alonzo Mourning because of food poisoning.

Jones scored five of his points in overtime to help the Heat snap a two-game losing streak and beat Seattle for only the sixth time in franchise history.

The Sonics came back from an 80-73 deficit to force overtime. Miami went scoreless over the final 5:31 of the fourth quarter and had two chances to win in the closing seconds, but Kendall Gill and LaPhonso Ellis missed shots.

Payton led the Sonics with 24 points, and Baker added 20.

Pacers 87, 76ers 77

PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Rose scored 26 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 22, leading the Pacers over the winless 76ers.

Derrick Coleman scored 25 and Speedy Claxton had 23 for the Sixers, who were without injured guards Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie and Eric Snow.

Philadelphia, which opened last season with a franchise-best 10 straight wins en route to the NBA Finals, is off to an 0-4 start.

Kings 115, Cavaliers 99

CLEVELAND -- Predrag Stojakovic scored 32 points, Mike Bibby added 18 and the Sacramento Kings made 14 3-pointers to remain unbeaten.

Stojakovic and Bibby each made four of the Kings' 3-pointers and Doug Christie made three in the third quarter. Bobby Jackson added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, and Stojakovic added 10 rebounds.

Lamond Murray scored 22 points and Andre Miller had a career-high 17 assists and 19 points for Cleveland, which dropped to 0-3 at home this season.

Suns 113, Grizzlies 101

PHOENIX -- Penny Hardaway scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Suns rallied to send Memphis to its fourth straight loss.

Shawn Marion scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half for the Suns (2-3), who avoided opening the season 0-3 at home for the first time in five years. Rodney Rogers added 13 points, Jake Voskuhl had 12 and Tony Delk scored 11 for Phoenix.

Pau Gasol, the third overall pick in the June draft, scored 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting for the Grizzlies (0-4) in his first career start. Gasol replaced Stromile Swift, who was out with a sore right ankle.

Nick Anderson finished with 17 points, and Michael Dickerson scored 15 first-half points for Memphis but was scoreless in the second half.

Trail Blazers 101, Jazz 83

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points and Bonzi Wells added 21 as the Portland Trail Blazers sent the Utah Jazz to their worst start in 19 years.

Wallace, who had been shooting just 35 percent, made his first five shots and scored 15 points in the first quarter as Portland built an early lead and didn't let up.

Donyell Marshall scored 15 points for the Jazz, who are 1-4 for the first time since the 1982-83 season. Karl Malone and Bryon Russell each had 14 points.



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