Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks were 25 of 32 from the free throw line in routing the Lakers, 94-80, last night in Los Angeles for their first win of the season.
Nowitzki made 10 of 11 from the line and grabbed 10 rebounds, Shawn Marion added 18 points, and Jason Terry 16 to end the Mavs’ six-game losing streak against the defending NBA champions. They hadn’t won against the Lakers at
Erick Dampier had 10 rebounds for Dallas and Jason Kidd had 11 assists.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points. Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve Shannon Brown added 12 points.
While the Mavericks paraded to the line as the Lakers racked up 29 fouls, Los Angeles got there just 14 times, hitting nine shots.
The Lakers never made a run in the fourth, getting derailed by horrendous shooting and turnovers by Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, and Bryant. Their lone highlight was Brown’s thundering dunk off Bryant’s jumper that bounced off the rim. It got the crowd on its feet in a collective exclamation even with the Lakers trailing by 12.
Cavaliers 104, Timberwolves 87 - LeBron James scored 24 points to lead Cleveland to its first victory of the season, over host Minnesota.
James took most of the fourth quarter off, finishing with nine rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes and avoiding his first 0-3 start in five years.
Heat 96, Pacers 83 - Jermaine O’Neal had 22 points and 12 rebounds against his former team as Miami won in Indianapolis.
The Pacers traded O’Neal before the 2008-09 season as they focused on rebuilding with younger players. He was animated throughout the game, drawing a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk and later smiling when Pacers fans booed him.
Magic 95, Nets 85 - Vince Carter returned to New Jersey and scored 16 points in Orlando’s victory before leaving the game against his former teammates in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle.
All-Star center Dwight Howard more than made up for Carter’s absence with 20 points, 22 rebounds, and 4 blocks as the Magic won their second straight and handed the Nets their second loss in as many games.
Bobcats 102, Knicks 100 - D.J. Augustin made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left in the second overtime and host Charlotte recovered from blowing an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead to defeat New York.
After Chris Duhon’s tying layup with 7.7 seconds left, Augustin was fouled by Al Harrington on a drive to the basket. Augustin had missed two free throws 16 seconds earlier, but this time calmly sank both.
76ers 99, Bucks 86 - Andre Iguodala scored 19 points, Elton Brand had 17, and host Philadelphia bounced back from a dismal opener to beat Milwaukee.
Samuel Dalembert had 10 points and 12 rebounds to help the Sixers look sharp in their home opener.
Jazz 111, Clippers 98 - Paul Millsap scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, and host Utah used a 15-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to beat Los Angeles.
Carlos Boozer had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Deron Williams finished with 21 points and nine assists for Utah.
Hawks 100, Wizards 89 - Josh Smith scored 20 points and host Atlanta held off Gilbert Arenas and Washington.
Arenas had 23 points and Brendan Haywood added 19 for Washington.
Suns 123, Warriors 101 - Steve Nash scored 18 points and had the sixth 20-assist game of his career in host Phoenix’s rout of Golden State.
Hornets 97, Kings 92 - Chris Paul scored 31 points and Emeka Okafor capped another strong performance by blocking Kevin Martin’s tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds to help New Orleans edge visiting Sacramento.
Grizzlies 115, Raptors 107 - Zach Randolph scored 30 points to lead host Memphis to its first victory of the season.
Thunder 91, Pistons 83 - Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Oklahoma City over Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich. Ben Gordon had 25 points for the Pistons.