SCOREBOARD
Friday, Nov. 9
Atlanta at Boston (7:30 p.m. EST). After impressive wins over the Suns and Mavericks, the Hawks take on the unbeaten Celtics.

STAR
Thursday
-Richard Jefferson, Nets, scored 25 points, including the winning free throws with 24 seconds to play, and New Jersey rallied for an 87-85 victory over Washington.

WINLESS
The New Jersey Nets rallied for an 87-85 victory over the winless Wizards on Thursday night. The 0-4 start is the first for Washington since 1992-93. ... The Golden State Warriors dropped to 0-5 after a 120-115 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

SNAPPED
Tyrus Thomas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls finally got their first victory after four losses, beating the Detroit Pistons 97-93 on Thursday night.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Rasheed Wallace scored 36 points in Detroit's 97-93 loss to Chicago on Thursday night. ... Baron Davis scored 15 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 120-115 loss to the Mavericks.

SIDELINED
Nuggets power forward Nene is expected to miss up to six weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Nene was injured in Denver's 119-93 loss at Boston on Wednesday night. He saw a hand specialist in Denver on Thursday. Dr. Carlton Clinkscale will operate on the thumb Friday, the team said.

STERN WARNING
NBA commissioner David Stern warned Thursday that if the SuperSonics leave Seattle he sees no way the league would ever return to the city. At a news conference following his announcement that the 2009 All-Star game would be held in Phoenix, Stern criticized the city of Seattle and the Washington legislature for its handling of the issue of funding a replacement for Key Arena.

SPEAKING
``Regardless of my game, it ended in an 'L'. I'm old school so it didn't matter what I did, the team lost the game.'' - Rasheed Wallace after scoring 36 points in Detroit's 97-93 loss to Chicago on Thursday night.

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