|Wednesday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 31 October 2007 20:08|
CLEVELAND (AP) -Jason Terry scored 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 and Dallas opened 2007-08 with a 92-74 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night.|
The Mavericks held a foul-plagued LeBron James scoreless in the first half and dominated the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Jerry Stackhouse added 17 points for Dallas, which got six 3-pointers from Terry and finished 9-of-18 behind the arc.
James had the worst opening night of his brilliant career. He had 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and was a non-factor in the Cavaliers' most lopsided home loss since April 5, 2005.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.
Magic 102, Bucks 83
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 24 to lift Orlando.
The Magic were 12-of-22 from 3-point range, compared with 4-of-17 for the Bucks. Lewis was 4-of-5 on 3s and Turkoglu 3-for-5.
The Magic shot better from 3-point range (54 percent) than the field (44 percent).
Michael Redd scored 25 points for Milwaukee and Bobby Simmons added 16. Yi Jianlian had nine points and three rebounds in 25 minutes in his debut.
Dwight Howard had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Perhaps most importantly for Orlando, he hit eight of 10 free throws.
Pacers 119, Wizards 110, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Indiana won in coach Jim O'Brien's debut.
Tinsley had nine rebounds and eight assists.
Mike Dunleavy had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Danny Granger added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.
The Pacers won without forward Jermaine O'Neal, who sat out with a hyperextended left knee. Center Troy Murphy also missed the game with a strained left Achilles' tendon.
Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 34 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime. Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Caron Butler had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Brendan Haywood added 10 points and 13 boards.
Raptors 106, 76ers 97
TORONTO (AP) - Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and Toronto began defense of the Atlantic Division title with the win over Philadelphia.
T.J. Ford had 14 points and 12 assists for Toronto, while Chris Bosh scored 16 points, and Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon finished with 13 apiece.
Andre Iguodala led the 76ers with 23 points, while Kyle Korver had 20.
The Sixers cut a 22-point, third-quarter deficit to 14 heading into the fourth quarter, then pulled to 90-89 on a running jump shot by Iguodala with 4:47 left.
Bargnani answered with a 3-pointer and was fouled by Samuel Dalembert. He made the free throw for just the 14th four-point play in franchise history. That put Toronto back up by five.
Nets 112, Bulls 103, OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Antoine Wright scored 14 of his career-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead New Jersey over distracted Chicago.
Richard Jefferson added 29 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter had 24 points and Jason Kidd handed out 13 assists to lead the Nets to their 12th straight win over Chicago in New Jersey.
Ben Gordon had 27 points and Luol Deng added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have been distracted in recent days by rumors of a possible major trade for Kobe Bryant.
Andres Nocioni's 3-pointer with 40 seconds to play tied the game at 96 and forced the overtime.
Jefferson nailed a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play to push the Nets' lead to 108-102 and he blocked a shot to end the Bulls' chances.
Spurs 104, Grizzlies 101
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 30 points, including the go-ahead basket with 32 seconds left, for San Antonio.
Ginobili, who had nine points down the stretch, added seven assists and drew a late charge from Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to preserve the Spurs' lead.
Gay's desperation shot just before the buzzer was off the mark as Memphis lost its season opener.
San Antonio, the depending NBA champion, beat Portland on Tuesday.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker both had 17 points, and Duncan grabbed nine rebounds. Matt Bonner finished with 11 points.
Pau Gasol led Memphis with 22 points, while Damon Stoudamire had 18 and Gay finished with 16.
Hornets 104, Kings 90
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 22 points and 12 assists, while Peja Stojakovic added 19 points for the Hornets in their first game returning to New Orleans full-time.
Tyson Chandler had 15 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, while David West showed no signs of a recent ankle sprain in scoring 17.
Defensively, Sacramento missed Ron Artest, who is serving a seven-game suspension after pleading no contest to a charge related to domestic violence. With Mike Bibby out at least eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Kings' offensive firepower was diminished as well.
Kevin Martin led the Kings with 26 points, while John Salmons scored 22.
Nuggets 120, SuperSonics 103
DENVER (AP) - Denver's Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and bottled up Seattle rookie Kevin Durant in his NBA debut.
Durant scored 18 points in 31 minutes, but was just 7-of-22 from the field.
Allen Iverson had 25 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets and Linas Kleiza added 18 points, all but three on 3-pointers.
Durant was taken by the Sonics with the No. 2 pick in the draft last June. He scored his first NBA point on a free throw about 10 1/2 minutes into the game, and had his first airball two minutes later on a short jumper in the lane. Durant's first basket came on a driving layup late in the first quarter.
Damien Wilkins had 21 points for the Sonics and reserve Delonte West added 19.
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