AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Michael Finley had his way against the league's best defensive team while leading the unbeaten Dallas Mavericks within one victory of making NBA history.
Finley was unstoppable Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 42 points before leaving for good with more than 8 minutes left as Dallas defeated the Detroit Pistons 102-82.
With a record of 14-0, the Mavericks will be looking to match the best start in NBA history -- 15-0 by Washington in 1948-49 and Houston in 1993-94 -- when they play at Indiana on Thursday night.
Magic 112, Lakers 102
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady had 38 points and nine assists, and Mike Miller added 22 points as Orlando broke a seven-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Darrell Armstrong, coming off the bench for the first time this season, scored 14 points -- 11 in the fourth quarter. Orlando's reserves outscored Los Angeles' 24-7.
Starting in a point forward role was Grant Hill, who had nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter because of pain in his surgically repaired left ankle. He missed the previous two games and most of a third with tendinitis in that ankle.
Kobe Bryant had 38 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost their seventh straight road game while allowing the most points by an opponent this season.
Knicks 87, Raptors 81
TORONTO -- Allan Houston scored 30 points and Lee Nailon had 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter as New York won its first road game of the season and spoiled Vince Carter's return to the Toronto lineup.
Kurt Thomas added 18 points for the Knicks, who improved to 1-4 on the road and 3-10 overall.
Carter scored 16 points in his first game after missing 10 with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Carter went 7-for-14 from the field in 24 minutes for the Raptors, who have lost six straight.
76ers 83, Heat 74
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, leading Philadelphia to its fifth straight victory.
Eric Snow scored 13 points and Keith Van Horn added 12 for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers, who improved to 9-0 at home and 12-4 overall.
Celtics 92, Bulls 82
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Tony Battie had 16 points and nine rebounds as Boston won its fourth straight.
Pierce, who also had nine rebounds and six assists, has led the way for Boston during its winning streak by averaging 29 points and 11 rebounds in that stretch. The Celtics have won 10 of 12.
Jalen Rose scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting and had nine turnovers for the Bulls, who have lost nine straight on the road, and five in a row overall.
Grizzlies 117, SuperSonics 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jason Williams scored a season-high 28 points and had six assists as Memphis won its second straight.
The Grizzlies, who lost 13 straight to open the season, shot 59.3 percent from the field and had six players in double figures, including 23 by rookie Drew Gooden on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
Bucks 112, Cavaliers 80
MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 30 points as Milwaukee sent Cleveland to its 12th straight loss.
Michael Redd added a season-high 25 points for the Bucks, who played without starters Ray Allen (sprained right ankle) and Anthony Mason (strained left hamstring).
It was still the largest margin of victory for Milwaukee, which also set a season high for points after a season-low Monday in an 86-81 loss at Phoenix.
Timberwolves 90, Kings 74
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season as the Minnesota snapped Sacramento's six-game winning streak.
Gary Trent added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rasho Nesterovic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, who won for the fourth time in five games. The win was also Minnesota's second in nine games against teams with winning records.
Spurs 99, Nuggets 68
SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Jackson scored 22 points to San Antonio over Denver, which set an NBA record by scoring just three points in the first quarter.
Denver missed 14 consecutive shots after taking a 2-0 lead and trailed 21-3 after one period. The three points broke the previous first-quarter record of four scored by Sacramento on Feb. 4, 1987, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hornets 106, Hawks 94
NEW ORLEANS -- Baron Davis had 16 points and 11 assists as New Orleans remained unbeaten at home.
David Wesley and Jamal Mashburn each added 16 as seven Hornets, including all five starters, scored in double figures and New Orleans improved to 9-0 at home.
Jason Terry scored 17, including three 3-pointers and had nine assists for the Hawks, who wilted in the second half and have given up 100-plus points in five straight games, four of them losses.
Suns 82, Nets 75
PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion had 22 points, scoring the last two from the foul line after rebounding the miss of Jason Kidd's desperation 3-pointer, as Phoenix beat New Jersey.
The Nets made only three field goals in the fourth quarter, one reason they were unable to hold the two one-point leads they had in the period.
Rockets 91, Warriors 84
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kelvin Cato scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Houston defeated Golden State.
Yao Ming, Houston's 7-foot-5 first-round draft pick from China, added 14 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes as the Rockets won their 14th straight on the Warriors' home court. Glen Rice had 15 points and Steve Francis added 14.
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