Mavericks off to 10-0 start

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The unbeaten streak has reached double figures for the Dallas Mavericks, whose newfound commitment to defense helped them defeat the New Jersey Nets 96-88 victory Saturday night.

Steve Nash scored 30 points, Michael Finley had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Shawn Bradley scored 12, including a pair of jumpers that started the Mavericks on a game-closing 13-5 run.

With a record of 10-0, the Mavericks are the NBA's only unbeaten team.

Dallas has held eight of its opponents under 100 points, and the defensive effort was there again down the stretch against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

76ers 93, Knicks 92

NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell played in his first game of the season but couldn't reverse the Knicks' sinking fortunes as Philadelphia scored 17 of the game's final 25 points.

The 76ers won on the road for the first time this season, while the loss was the fourth in a row for the Knicks.

Allen Iverson and Todd MacCulloch each scored 17 points, Keith Van Horn had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Snow added 14 points for the 76ers.

Pistons 74, Nuggets 53

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Cliff Robinson scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Detroit beat Denver after the teams combined for the lowest-scoring first half in NBA history.

Denver led 29-28 at halftime, and the 57 combined points broke a 47-year-old record by one point. The Nuggets shot 37.5 percent for the half and turned the ball over eight times, while the Pistons hit 29 percent of their shots and had 11 turnovers.

Richard Hamilton added 15 and Corliss Williamson 12 for Detroit, which set a franchise mark for points allowed and it was also the lowest scoring game in Pistons history.

Wizards 95, Heat 65

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards used a torrid shooting first half to take control, and Jerry Stackhouse made the advantage stand up.

The Wizards' defense was just as effective -- it was the fewest points ever allowed by Washington. The previous team mark was 69 points.

The Wizards made 22 of 33 field-goal attempts before halftime to take a 59-32 lead, then got eight points from Stackhouse in the third quarter to build the margin to 30 points. Stackhouse finished with 16 points.

Hawks 89, Hornets 82

ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points, and Glenn Robinson 24 as Atlanta beat New Orleans.

Theo Ratliff grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and blocked five shots for the Hawks, who won their second straight. Atlanta converted 20-of-30 free throws, compared to New Orleans' 14-of-19.

Jamal Mashburn scored 19 points, David Wesley 18 and P.J. Brown had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who had won six of their previous seven games, but made just 35 percent of their field-goal attempts.

Spurs 90, Cavaliers 77

CLEVELAND -- Bruce Bowen scored 14 points, Tony Parker had 13 and San Antonio barely needed Tim Duncan in a win over Cleveland, which dropped its sixth straight.

Duncan spent much of the night in foul trouble and played a season-low 21 minutes before fouling out with 6:06 left. But by then, the Spurs were ahead by 19 and won for the first time in three games on an Eastern road trip. Duncan, who came in averaging 20.9 points, finished with just six.

David Robinson and Kevin Willis added 12 points apiece for the Spurs.

Pacers 107, Timberwolves 101

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ron Mercer scored 22 points off the bench, and Jermaine O'Neal scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half as Indiana beat Minnesota for its seventh straight win.

Off to their best start since the 1969-70 season in the ABA, the Pacers never trailed as they held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Wolves and hung on to their lead at the foul line.

Kevin Garnett led the Wolves with 27 points.

Bulls 111, Grizzlies 93

CHICAGO -- Donyell Marshall scored 31 points and had 17 rebounds off the bench, and Jalen Rose also had 31 points as Chicago beat Memphis.

Eddy Curry scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter, Jay Williams added 12 and Tyson Chandler 11 for the Bulls.

Jason Williams scored 18 points, and Wesley Person and Pau Gasol both had 14 for Memphis, which remained the NBA's only winless team at 0-10. The Grizzlies are 0-2 since Hubie Brown took over as coach.

Bucks 104, Celtics 85

MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored a season-high 31 points, including 18 in the first half, and Sam Cassell added 25 for Milwaukee.

Tim Thomas added 13 points and Tony Kukoc 11 as the Bucks continued their mastery over the Celtics in Milwaukee, beating them for the seventh straight time at home.

Antoine Walker scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half, and Paul Pierce also had 28 for Boston.



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