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|Sunday, 09 November 2008 19:11|
Iverson was given a standing ovation when he was introduced for the first time as a Piston at The Palace, the frenzied fans so loud the public-address announcer couldn't be heard.
A sold-out crowd stayed in the game during a closely contested first quarter before being quieted in the second, when Boston used four reserves to outscore Detroit 30-10.
The defending champions didn't have any trouble keeping their big cushion in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals. Iverson finished his third home debut with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, with four assists and four turnovers.
Lakers 111, Rockets 82
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 23 points, Pau Gasol added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the unbeaten Lakers shot 65.8 percent in the second half against the Rockets.
Jordan Farmar added 16 points and six assists and Andrew Bynum had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who have won their five games by an average of 22.4 points. Atlanta, also 5-0, is the NBA's only other unbeaten team.
Aaron Brooks came off the bench to lead Houston with 20 points and four assists. Yao Ming, Luis Scola and Carl Landry added 12 points each for the Rockets.
The Rockets trailed by only seven points entering the fourth quarter, but Farmar scored eight points, Gasol and Lamar Odom added four each, and the Lakers shot 9-of-10 during a 22-9 run to start the period.
Kings 115, Warriors 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Martin scored 27 points, and the Kings pulled away in the second half for their third straight win after opening the season with four losses on the road.
John Salmons scored 16 points for the Kings, who are in a stretch where they play six of seven at friendly Arco Arena. Spencer Hawes added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
s and had 10 rebounds and six assists.
Andris Biedrins had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped two straight and three of four. Stephen Jackson had 15 points and six assists, Kelenna Azubuike had 12, Anthony Randolph scored 11, while both CJ Watson and Brandan Wright added 10.
Clippers 103, Mavericks 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Baron Davis had 22 points and 10 assists, Al Thornton got eight of his 17 points in the final 6 minutes and the Clippers snapped a season-opening six-game losing streak.
Marcus Camby had 14 rebounds and 10 points for the Clippers, who had also lost six straight against Dallas. Davis was 8-for-19 from the field after missing 10 of 12 shots in the first half. Tim Thomas sat out because of a sprained left ankle.
Dirk Nowitzki, who missed the final two meetings with the Clippers last season because of ankle and knee injuries, led the Mavericks with 33 points and seven rebounds.
Gerald Green started at small forward and had 13 points and 12 rebounds in place of Josh Howard, who was sidelined because of a sore left wrist.
Nuggets 100, Grizzlies 90
DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, Chauncey Billups had 16 points and 10 assists and the Nuggets held on to beat the Grizzlies.
inished with 16 points for Memphis.
The Nuggets trailed by five early in the third quarter before surging into the lead for good. Anthony's layup tied it at 58, and Dahntay Jones' three-point play and Nene's dunk gave Denver a 63-58 advantage midway through the period.
Hawks 89, Thunder 85
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Hawks came from behind after a late Oklahoma City run to remain undefeated.
Johnson hit a right-handed runner to give Atlanta an 82-80 lead with 2:19 to play, then added a two-handed runout jam to extend it. The Hawks got two offensive rebounds on a last-minute possession, and Mike Bibby added a pair of free throws for a more comfortable cushion.
Marvin Williams added 16 points, Flip Murray finished with 14 and Mike Bibby scored 13 for Atlanta, off to a 5-0 start for the first time since starting the 1997-98 season with 11 straight wins.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 20 points, rookie Russell Westbrook scored 15 and Joe Smith had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Knicks 107, Jazz 99
NEW YORK (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 32 points, and the Knicks moved two games over .500 for the first time since they were 16-14 on Jan. 1, 2005. New York (4-2) also ended the Jazz's undefeated start.
season. Andrei Kirilenko had 18 points and Mehmet Okur 17 for the Jazz, who were opening a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.
The Knicks put it away with under 4 minutes to go, with Chris Duhon sinking a jumper and feeding Zach Randolph for a fast-break bucket that made it 98-86.
Raptors 89, Bobcats 79
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Chris Bosh had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and the Raptors pulled away late.
Jose Calderon added 13 points and Jamario Moon had 10 for Toronto, which snapped a two-game losing streak after opening the season with three straight wins.
Bobcats rookie D.J. Augustin scored 11 of his 14 points in the second quarter in helping Charlotte take a 45-40 lead at the break. Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton had 12 points each, and Jared Dudley 10.