Thursday, November 14, 2013
Updated: November 16, 12:23 AM ET
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and had eight blocks, both season-highs, leading unbeaten Indiana past Milwaukee 104-77 Friday night.
The Pacers became the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to open a season 9-0. Indiana has already beaten all four of its Central Division foes and will attempt to stay perfect Saturday night at Chicago.
Hibbert had plenty of help. Paul George scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter and Lance Stephenson finished with 11 points.
The short-handed Bucks (2-6) spent most of the game playing catch-up. With four injured players sitting out, O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 20 points. Khris Middleton and Gary Neal each had 11 -- nowhere near enough to avoid a fourth straight loss.
Indiana took control with two big third-quarter spurts to build a 68-53 lead.
The NBA's best defense limited Milwaukee to a season-low point total.
HEAT 110, MAVERICKS 104
MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 39 points, Dwyane Wade had 17 points, eight assists and a career-best eight steals, and Miami held off Dallas.
James made 14 of 18 shots for the Heat (6-3), while Chris Bosh scored 14 points. Norris Cole and Rashard Lewis each added 11 for Miami, which has topped the 100-point mark in every game this season.
Wade became the second player in Heat history with at least eight steals and eight assists in a game; Tim Hardaway did it against Atlanta on Dec. 20, 1997.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points for Dallas (5-4), while Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 20 for the Mavericks. Jose Calderon added 12 for Dallas, which turned the ball over 24 times.
NETS 100, SUNS 98, OT
PHOENIX -- Joe Johnson tied it in regulation then corralled a loose ball in overtime and dropped in a short jumper as time expired to lift Brooklyn over Phoenix of its first road win of the season.
Johnson with 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Brook Lopez scored 25 of his 27 points for Brooklyn in the second half and overtime.
The Suns had tied the game on a lob to P.J. Tucker for a dunk with 57 seconds left in overtime. Tucker scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Suns, who had been undefeated at home in four previous games.
The Nets lost point guard Deron Williams in the first quarter to a sprained left ankle.
Goran Dragic led five Suns in double figures with 19 points.
BULLS 96, RAPTORS 80
TORONTO -- Luol Deng had 19 points, Joakim Noah scored 18 and Chicago overcame the absence of Derrick Rose to beat Toronto for its first road win of the season.
Deng and Noah also had nine rebounds apiece as Chicago earned its third consecutive win. Kirk Hinrich started in place of Rose and scored 12 points, helping the Bulls improve to 1-3 on the road.
Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, was sidelined by the right hamstring injury that knocked him out in the fourth quarter of Monday's home win over Cleveland. He will be re-evaluated before Chicago hosts undefeated Indiana on Saturday.
DeMar DeRozan matched his career high with 37 points and Rudy Gay had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors lost for the fifth time in seven games. No other Toronto player reached double figures.
TRAIL BLAZERS 109, CELTICS 96
BOSTON -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds to lead Portland to its first victory in Boston since 2004.
Mo Williams scored 18 with eight assists for Portland, which earned its fifth consecutive victory.
Jared Sullinger, who missed the last game with a bruised knee, had 26 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Boston, which has lost two in a row.
It was Aldridge's fourth straight game with a double-double. Nicolas Batum added 18 points and Damian Lillard had 17 for the Trail Blazers. Robin Lopez had 10 rebounds.
BOBCATS 86, CAVALIERS 80
CLEVELAND -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 16 points and Charlotte used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Cleveland and win for only the second time in 16 games at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Bobcats outscored the Cavaliers 29-22 in the final period, when Kidd-Gilchrist had eight points, including a three-point play that gave Charlotte an 81-70 lead with 6:08 remaining. Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker hit 3-pointers and Cody Zeller added a three-point play to spark the Bobcats' run. Charlotte had five players score in double figures.
Kyrie Irving, wearing a mask to protect a nasal fracture, had 18 points and 10 assists for Cleveland, which lost for the first time in four games at home.
NUGGETS 117, TIMBERWOVLES 113
DENVER -- Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, including a big 3-pointer and three free throws late in the game, and Denver held off Minnesota for its third straight win.
Kenneth Faried added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, and Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists. Lawson then left with 32 seconds remaining when Corey Brewer inadvertently hit him in the eye with his hand as he was defending the guard on a drive into the lane.
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 28 points and Kevin Martin, who missed Wednesday's game against Cleveland because of the illness, added 27 points.
SPURS 91, JAZZ 82
SALT LAKE CITY -- Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and San Antonio rallied past Utah to run its winning streak to seven games.
Boris Diaw scored a season-high 17 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs in a game that matched the team with the best record in the Western Conference against the team with worst mark in the league.
The Jazz took a 67-60 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Spurs started doing what they do best -- driving the lane for layups or hitting the spot-up shooters in the short corners.
Derrick Favors had 20 points and 18 rebounds for Utah, which led by as many 15 points early in the game. Gordon Hayward added 15 points and Richard Jefferson had 14.
HAWKS 113, 76ERS 103
ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and Atlanta beat Philadelphia for its third win in four games.
DeMarre Carroll finished with a career-high 21 points for Atlanta.
Evan Turner scored 27 points, Tony Wroten had 22 points, and Spencer Hawes finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who have lost three of four.
Hawks guard Lou Williams, returning to the court for the first time since undergoing reconstructive right knee surgery 10 months ago, finished with seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes.