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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Tone-setter Chandler, Knicks improve to 4-0
NEW YORK — The basket was shaking and Tyson Chandler was screaming, definitely toward though maybe not at the voices he recognized near the Dallas bench.
His more important words came long before that dunk that helped the New York Knicks put away the Mavericks.
Chandler told his teammates at halftime not to let their perfect record get ruined, and they responded with a 104-94 victory Friday night to improve their best start in nearly two decades to 4-0.
"Tyson's always vocal. In the locker room he was very vocal, just about not letting this one slip away from us," said Carmelo Anthony, who led New York with 31 points.
Reserve J.R. Smith added 22 points for the Knicks, the only unbeaten team in the NBA. They hadn't been perfect after four games since the 1993-94 team started 7-0 en route to the NBA Finals.
O.J. Mayo scored 23 points for the Mavericks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Knicks for just the fourth time in the last 22 meetings.
But they managed only two more field goals after Mayo's layup cut the Knicks' lead to 90-86 with 7:32 remaining. New York scored the next eight points, five from Anthony, to pull away.
"New York's a veteran team and if you give them more possessions and you give them possessions on catastrophic turnovers, they're going to convert them into points," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
Lakers 101, Warriors 77
In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Lakers responded to coach Mike Brown's firing earlier Friday with a victory over Golden State.
Nuggets 104, Jazz 84
In Denver, Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and the Nuggets pulled away for the win.
Heat 95, Hawks 89
In Atlanta, LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and Miami knocked off the Hawks for the Heat's fourth straight win.
Hornets 107, Bobcats 99
In New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his first game back after a concussion, and the Hornets handed Charlotte its third straight loss.
Suns 107, Cavaliers 105
In Phoenix, Shannon Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as the Suns rallied from a 26-point deficit to get the win.
Timberwolves 96, Pacers 94
In Minneapolis, Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting the hosts to the victory.
76ers 106, Celtics 100
In Boston, Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday added 21 and Philadelphia held off several fourth-quarter rallies.
Nets 107, Magic 68
In Orlando, Andray Blatche had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brooklyn never trailed while snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Magic that dated to 2009.
Thunder 105, Pistons 94
In Oklahoma City, Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder broke in their new alternate jerseys by beating winless Detroit.
Grizzlies 93, Rockets 85
In Memphis, Rudy Gay had 21 points and a key basket with 1:03 left that helped the Grizzlies defeat Houston.
Bucks 101, Wizards 91
In Washington, Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and Milwaukee quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.
Spurs 97, Kings 86
In Sacramento, Tim Duncan had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to power San Antonio to the road win.