|Jason Kidd (triple double) works his way around Kobe Bryant (27 points, the victory). (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)|
Lakers, Hawks improve to 6-0
Iverson gets his 1st win as Piston
Trevor Ariza turned an offensive rebound into an emphatic go-ahead dunk early in the fourth quarter and Kobe Bryant quickly stretched the lead, sending the Los Angeles Lakers past the Mavericks, 106-99, last night in Dallas.
The Lakers improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2001-02, their last championship season.
Ariza's basket put LA up for the first time since the opening minutes, then Bryant (27 points) executed a one-handed rebound-dunk on the next possession. Soon after, he scored 7 straight points and the Lakers held on.
Dallas's Jason Kidd got the 101st triple-double of his career with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Hawks 113, Bulls 108 - Al Horford scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Atlanta remained unbeaten through six games with a victory in Chicago.
Atlanta's start is its best since 1997-98, when it won its first 11 games.
Mike Bibby added 22 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Atlanta, which plays in Boston tonight.
Pistons 100, Kings 92 - Allen Iverson had 30 points and nine assists to win for the first time with his new team, leading Detroit at Sacramento.
Tayshaun Prince added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons.
Detroit had lost its first two games since acquiring Iverson from Denver last week for All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups, key reserve Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb.
Nuggets 88, Bobcats 80 - Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, Chauncey Billups added a key 3-point play late, and Denver held off host Charlotte to stay unbeaten with Billups.
A week after he abruptly left Charlotte before the game when Detroit traded him, Billups calmly guided his new team, finishing with 16 points and five assists as Denver moved to 3-0 since he replaced Iverson at point guard.
Spurs 92, Knicks 80 - Tim Duncan had 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead host San Antonio over New York in the Spurs' first game without the injured Tony Parker.
Parker will miss about a month because of a moderate left ankle sprain.
Rookie George Hill started in place of Parker and scored a season-high 12 points. "We wanted to test him," said Jamal Crawford, who led the Knicks with 28 points, about Hill. "But all he has to do is get the ball up the court and throw it in to Tim Duncan."
Cavaliers 99, Bucks 93 - LeBron James matched a season high with 41 points, finally putting Milwaukee away with a steal and soaring dunk in the final minutes, and Mo Williams scored 16 against his former team as host Cleveland won its fifth straight.
James scored 12 in the fourth quarter and didn't come out in the second half while playing a season-high 43 minutes. It was the third time in four games that James has scored 41.
Jazz 93, 76ers 80 - Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 16 rebounds and Deron Williams played for the first time this season to lead visiting Utah past Philadelphia.
Williams, who averaged a double-double last season, had 7 points and nine assists after missing the first six games because of a sprained left ankle he suffered Oct. 18.
Warriors 113, Timberwolves 110 - Stephen Jackson tied the game late in regulation and scored 6 of his 30 points in overtime as Golden State handed visiting Minnesota its sixth straight loss.
Al Jefferson had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which seemed in control when it led by 10 with 7:06 left.