January 3, 2010
Last week's rank in parentheses Records through Friday 1. Cavaliers 26-8 (4): After donning paper party hats for LeBron James' birthday - really - they win sixth in row. 2. Lakers 26-6 (2): At this pace Kobe Bryant will lock up MVP by Feb. 1 and need IV fluids rest of way. 3. Magic 24-8 (3): With defenses taking him away, Dwight Howard down to 9.0 shots, 17 points a game. 4. Celtics 23-8 (1): Paul Pierce gains in MVP race as Celtics turn into the Nets without him. 5. Suns 21-12 (6)
December 21, 2009
Dirk Nowitzki missed the Mavericks' home game against the Cavaliers on Sunday night because of soreness in his elbow, where two teeth belonging to the Rockets' Carl Landry wound up following a collision a few nights before. "I tried (shooting), but it's just too sore," said Nowitzki, his arm bandaged from his elbow to his wrist. Nowitzki needed several stitches to repair the gash in his right elbow, which he suffered during the second quarter of an overtime loss Friday to the Rockets.
December 19, 2009
The Rockets' Carl Landry was taken to a hospital after breaking teeth in a collision with the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki during the second quarter of Friday night's game. Nowitzki drove into the lane and missed a short jumper with 9 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second quarter. He was fouled by Landry, who was hit in the mouth on Nowitzki's follow-through. Before leaving for X-rays and three stitches to close a cut on his right elbow, Nowitzki, a right-hander, shot two free throws left-handed, converting one. •Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA for posting a message on his Twitter account after Milwaukee's 108-101 double overtime win over the Trail Blazers but before the end of media access last weekend.
March 18, 2009
Deron Williams scored eight of his 12 points in the third quarter and Carlos Boozer finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz ended a three-game losing streak by beating the visiting Washington Wizards, 103-88, last night. Ronnie Brewer scored 13 despite playing only the second and fourth quarters as punishment for oversleeping and missing yesterday morning's shoot-around. Seven Utah players scored in double figures. The Jazz (42-26) had followed a 12-game winning streak by losing the last three of a five-game road trip and couldn't afford to slip up against the hapless Wizards.
December 12, 2008
Wizards routed, 122-88; Celtics' streak hits 13 nba Ray Allen and Paul Pierce scored 22 points apiece and the Boston Celtics beat the host Washington Wizards, 122-88, last night for a 13th straight win and the best start in the history of the storied franchise at 21-2. The Celtics also own their longest winning streak since a 14-game run in 1985-86. Caron Butler scored 19 for the Wizards, who matched their franchise's slowest start, dropping to 4-16 for the first time since the 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets.
February 14, 2008
NBA Dallas@Phoenix 10:30 P.M. [TNT] I realize it's a little past a lot of folks' bedtime, but maybe Shaquille O'Neal will make his Suns debut against the Mavericks. Then again, maybe not. In either case, Dallas-Phoenix is good NBA TV, with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire on the Suns' side and Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard for the Mavericks (with maybe Jason Kidd on the way).