|Michael Jordan argues a call in a rare courtside appearance to watch his Bobcats. (Chris Keane/Reuters)|
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, Jason Terry had several key buckets down the stretch, and the surging Dallas Mavericks won, 89-84, in Charlotte, N.C., last night to spoil the Bobcats’ first game since Michael Jordan agreed to buy the team.
Terry scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas, which rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to win its eighth straight.
Stephen Jackson scored 20 points, but also had six of Charlotte’s 20 turnovers.
Jordan, who has rarely attended practices or games in the past, showed up at the morning shootaround and played two games of H-O-R-S-E with rookie Gerald Henderson - losing both.
Jordan sat in his courtside seat next to the Bobcats’ bench and chatted up the head of Charlotte’s chamber of commerce and the city’s former mayor. He joked with some season ticket holders at halftime but declined to speak to the media.
Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis each scored 19 points, and Dwight Howard had 14. Orlando hit five 3-pointers in the third and shot 69 percent to turn a 7-point lead at halftime into a total rout.
Suns 101, Nuggets 85 - Amar’e Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the reserves keyed a big second quarter for host Phoenix, outscoring Denver, 33-11, to turn a 13-point deficit into a 57-44 halftime lead.
Cavaliers 124, Knicks 93 - LeBron James had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and host Cleveland used a 74-point first half to hammer New York.
Trail Blazers 103, Grizzlies 93 - Brandon Roy scored 25 points and Nicolas Batum added 21 as Portland erased a 14-point first-half deficit and sent Memphis to its seventh straight home loss.
Spurs 106, Hornets 92 - George Hill scored 23 points and visiting San Antonio won its second straight by defeating New Orleans.
Hawks 116, Bulls 92 - Marvin Williams scored 18 points, Josh Smith added 17 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, and visiting Atlanta beat Chicago.
Rockets 116, Raptors 92 - Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks scored 28 points each in three quarters and host Houston rolled over struggling Toronto.
Clippers 108, Jazz 104 - Eric Gordon scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and host Los Angeles nearly blew a 17-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes before beating Utah.