Cavaliers put away Dallas
Williams sparks 4th-quarter burst
How's this for a stretch of possessions to open the fourth quarter of a close game: Long jump shot, longer jump shot. Feed a teammate for a layup, then swish another jumper. Get another assist, then nail a 3-pointer from so deep that your defender walks away saying, "Whooo."
One of the Cleveland Cavaliers did exactly that last night - and it wasn't LeBron James.
With James watching from the bench, Mo Williams powered that 13-0 run, sending the Cavaliers well on their way to a 100-81 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas.
"That's what they expect," said Williams, acquired in August to ease the load off James. "Tonight was a great sign. It was a long summer for me, two surgeries. I expected to get going kind of slow, but it was frustrating when you're used to making shots, making plays."
James still made his share of plays, including a key stretch in the third quarter after Dallas wiped out a 16-point deficit and tied the game at 63.
When Daniel Gibson missed a shot from the corner, James zoomed in, grabbed the rebound, and banked it in, all in one motion. He followed with a 3-point play and a pair of free throws. The Cavs ended the quarter ahead by 6, then Williams put away the game, giving Cleveland its first road win after two losses.
Jazz 89, Clippers 73 - Paul Millsap scored 15 of his 24 points during a decisive 17-3 run in the fourth quarter, and unbeaten Utah kept host Los Angeles winless.
A 3-pointer by Cuttino Mobley trimmed Utah's lead to 67-64 before Millsap began his tear by making a pair of foul shots with 8:47 remaining. He finished it with a dunk with 4:37 left, giving the Jazz an 84-67 advantage.
Mehmet Okur scored 16 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz (3-0). Millsap also had nine rebounds, leading the Jazz to a 44-38 advantage in that department.
Pistons 101, Bobcats 83 - Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and visiting Detroit concluded a wild day by beating Charlotte, ensuring Allen Iverson will join an unbeaten team.
Playing shorthanded hours after acquiring Iverson in a blockbuster deal with Denver, the balanced Pistons toyed with former coach Larry Brown's new team, improving to 3-0 and perhaps showing Iverson that he'll have plenty of scoring options when he takes over at point guard.
Rasheed Wallace added 15 points and four other players scored in double figures. Rodney Stuckey replaced the traded Chauncey Billups and had 9 points and three assists filling in at the point for Detroit.
Grizzlies 90, Warriors 79 - Marc Gasol had 27 points and 16 rebounds to help host Memphis beat Golden State.
Gasol went 9 for 11 from the field and the line for Memphis, which ended a seven-game skid in the series against Golden State. The rookie also blocked three shots.
Corey Maggette, second on Golden State in scoring, went to the locker room late in the first quarter with a mild left hamstring strain. He returned at the start of the second half and scored 13 points for the game.
Magic 96, Bulls 93 - Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Orlando held off visiting Chicago after Andres Nocioni's missed 3-pointer at the buzzer. Rashard Lewis finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic wiped out an early 9-point Bulls lead and led by as many as 17.
76ers 125, Kings 91 - Thaddeus Young scored 18 points, Lou Williams had 17, and host Philadelphia routed winless Sacramento.