Mavericks don't welcome new Bulls coach

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003

DALLAS Nothing changed for the Chicago Bulls in their first game after coach Bill Cartwright's firing. They lost again.

Michael Finley scored a season-high 28 points to lead Dallas to a 124-98 victory Tuesday night, handing the Bulls (4-11) their sixth straight loss, their first with interim coach Pete Myers.

Finley scored 13 of his points in a 33-15 third-quarter run in which the Mavericks made 12 straight shots.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who won their fourth straight and are undefeated in eight home games. Dallas has won 11 straight against the Bulls.

Cartwright was fired Monday, a day after Chicago's 110-99 loss at Sacramento. A key to Chicago's first three championships as a starting center, he was 51-100 as coach since taking over Dec. 28, 2001.

Pacers 98, Timberwolves 75

INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana.

Jermaine O'Neal had 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks and Jeff Foster added 10 points and nine boards to help NBA-leading Indiana improve to 12-2. The Pacers have won six straight.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Heat 91, Hornets 87

MIAMI Eddie Jones and Brian Grant each hit two free throws in the final 15 seconds to help Miami beat New Orleans.

The victory was the Heat's first over the Hornets since April 2001, breaking a seven-game regular-season losing streak.

Jones led the Heat with 25 points, and Lamar Odom added 19. Baron Davis scored 28 points for the Hornets.

Bucks 95, 76ers 91

MILWAUKEE Michael Redd scored 26 points and rookie T.J. Ford had a season-high nine assists for Milwaukee.

Joe Smith had 16 points and nine rebounds, Desmond Mason added 13 points, and Tim Thomas had 12 points despite playing only a minute in the fourth quarter after spraining his left ankle.

Allen Iverson led the 76ers with 28 points.

Nuggets 110, Suns 80

DENVER Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, leading seven Denver players in double figures.

Voshon Lenard and Francisco Elson each had 16 points, and Francisco Elson added 10 rebounds. Reserves Earl Boykins and Rodney White scored 15 points each.

Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire matched his season high with 25 points and also had 13 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists.

Nets 93, SuperSonics 70

SEATTLE Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for New Jersey after missing the Nets' previous game because of a sore left knee.

Kenyon Martin had season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds as the Nets opened a five-game Western road trip one day after learning center Alonzo Mourning was retiring because his life-threatening kidney illness had worsened.

Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 14 points. The SuperSonics had 25 points in the second half to break the franchise record for fewest points in a half 26 set last Nov. 29 against Houston.

Kings 109, Grizzlies 89

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points to help Sacramento beat Memphis for the eighth straight time.

Mike Bibby added 16 points and six assists in the Kings' sixth straight victory. The Kings improved to 8-0 at home this season with their 15th straight victory at Arco.

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Wizards 81, Trail Blazers 80

PORTLAND, Ore. Larry Hughes' driving layup with 10.4 seconds left gave the Washington Wizards a 81-80 victory over Portland on Tuesday night, snapping the Trail Blazers' six-game home winning streak.

Etan Thomas' hook shot pulled the Wizards to 80-79 with 36.5 seconds left, before Hughes' layup for the final margin. After a timeout, Portland guard Jeff McInnis missed a driving layup.

Hughes had 22 points to lead Washington, which was without top scorer Gilbert Arenas.

Arenas was placed on the injured list earlier Tuesday because of a severe abdominal sprain.

He was hurt Sunday in a loss at Seattle.

Thomas added 12 points.

Zach Randolph led the Blazers with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Arenas, who leads the Wizards with averages of 20.8 points and 5.1 assists a game, will miss at least five games. And Washington is already missing Jerry Stackhouse, who has yet to play this season because of a knee injury.

But the Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak, opened the fourth quarter with an 9-2 run to take a 68-60 lead. They couldn't extend it further, and the Blazers closed to 72-71 on McInnis' jumper.

The Blazers took their first lead on the quarter with 2:37 to go, when Qyntel Woods' fast-break layup made it 76-74, and the Blazers clung to the lead until the final seconds.

The Blazers led by 18-11 midway through the first quarter but the Wizards chipped away, going up 23-22 on Hughes' 3-pointer.

Brevin Knight's steal and Juan Dixon's resulting fast-break layup tied it for Washington at 32-32, before another Dixon layup briefly put the Wizards ahead.

But the Blazers took off an 11-0 run capped by Damon Stoudamire's 3-pointer and Randolph's layup, and Portland went on to lead 47-43 at the break.

Both sides wrestled with the lead throughout the third quarter, and when the Blazers fell behind 59-55 on Etan Thomas' dunk, a fan in the crowd shouted at coach Maurice Cheeks to put Randolph back in.

''I've got to rest him sometime,'' Cheeks shrugged back.

McInnis added 19 points and five assists for Portland.

Notes: It was the first game back at home for Portland's Bonzi Wells since he came off his two-game suspension for cursing at coach Maurice Cheeks in a loss to Dallas. Wells, who did not start, was met by a smattering of boos from the crowd when he entered the game late in the first quarter. Wells' first game back was Saturday at Golden State, where he also played off the bench. ... Despite their strong record at home, the Blazers are 0-5 on the road.

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