SCOREBOARD
Thursday, Nov. 13
Denver at Cleveland (8 p.m. EST). Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets will try to stop Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has scored 41 points in three of his last four games.

STARS
Wednesday
-Dwight Howard, Magic, recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks as Orlando beat Oklahoma City 109-92.
-Paul Pierce, Celtics, hit a fallaway jumper with 0.5 seconds left and finished with 34 points and Boston sent Atlanta to its first loss 103-102.
-Wilson Chandler, Knicks, scored a career-high 27 points, missing only one of his 12 shots, and New York routed Memphis 132-103.
-Elton Brand, 76ers, scored a season-high 25 points to lift Philadelphia to a 106-96 win over Toronto.
-Tracy McGrady, Rockets, snapped out of a slump to score 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Houston past Phoenix 94-82.

SLOW START
San Antonio, missing Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to injuries, is off to its worst start since going 2-13 in 1996-97. The Spurs (2-5) lost to the Bucks 82-78 after nearly rallying from a 10-point deficit in the final 3 minutes.

HELPING HAND
The Nets announced Wednesday they are providing 1,500 free tickets over the next two months to unemployed fans who submit resumes to the team. The NBA team plans to send the resumes to its 120 corporate sponsors and a couple hundred firms that own season tickets.

SIDELINED STAR
Kevin Durant missed the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to Orlando because of a sore left ankle. Coach P.J. Carlesimo said Durant is day-to-day and his status for Friday's game at New York is up in the air.

BACK IN ACTION
Greg Oden returned to Portland's lineup following a six-game absence because of a sprained right foot sustained in the season opener. The hard-luck center was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, then missed all of last season following knee surgery and only managed to play 13 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers in his long-awaited debut last month. He was not in the Trail Blazers' starting lineup Wednesday, coming off the bench to score three points and grab two rebounds in 16 minutes. Portland beat Miami 104-96.

BOMBS AWAY
The uptempo New York Knicks set a franchise-record with 19 3-pointers in a 132-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. New York was 19-of-34 from beyond the arc, eclipsing the previous mark of 17 against the Atlanta Hawks in 2005.

STATS
Hawks forward Marvin Williams, who made one 3-pointer all last season, had four on Wednesday and is 8-for-11 this season from behind the arc. ... Chris Paul extended to seven his record streak of 20-point, 10-assist games to start a season. ... The Knicks (5-3) are off to their best start since 2000-01 and haven't lost in five games when they've scored 100 or more points.

MOVING ON UP
Shaquille O'Neal scored 18 points to move past John Havlicek into 10th on the NBA career scoring list. With 26,402 points, O'Neal needs 267 to pass Dominique Wilkins. ... Kobe Bryant moved within three points of Larry Bird for 22nd place on the NBA's career scoring list. Bird scored 21,791 points with Boston.

TEMPERS FLARE
Houston's Rafer Alston and Matt Barnes of Phoenix were ejected, and three other players drew technical fouls in a third-quarter skirmish between the Rockets and the Suns. What was mostly a shoving match broke out just after Tracy McGrady's 3-pointer put Houston ahead 74-55 with 27 seconds left in the quarter. Alston, apparently upset after Barnes knocked him back with his shoulder, shoved the Phoenix player.

SPEAKING
``The last play was drawn up: Get the ball to Pierce; get the hell out the way. Superman's in the booth. Let's go home. That was the play, and if you don't believe that ask Doc Rivers and he'll say the same exact thing.'' - Celtics forward Kevin Garnett on the last-second shot by Paul Pierce that gave them a 103-102 victory over the Hawks.

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