NBA Roundup: Kidd, Wright beat former team
The NBA roundup …
DALLAS ó Jason Kidd and Antoine Wright celebrated the first anniversary of their trade from the New Jersey Nets a day early Wednesday night, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-98 victory over their former team.
Kidd opened the game with three early 3-pointers and scored 23 points, one shy of his season high. He also had 10 assists and a quick-handed steal against Devin Harris ó the youngster he was dealt for ó during the game-breaking third quarter. Wright hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 20 points in the period.
Hornets 117, Magic 85
NEW ORLEANS ó Chris Paul had 36 points and 10 assists, and New Orleans handed Orlando its worst loss of the season.
Rasual Butler added 15 points, and David West had 14 for the Hornets, who’ve won their first two games following the All-Star break.
Rashard Lewis had 17 points, and J.J. Redick 14 for Orlando. Dwight Howard had 12 points and was a non-factor for most of the last three quarters.
Timberwolves 111, Heat 104
MIAMI ó Sebastian Telfair had 30 points and eight assists, Ryan Gomes added 20 points, and Minnesota hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to spoil Jermaine O’Neal’s debut in Miami.
Dwyane Wade finished with 37 points and 12 assists for Miami.
Cavaliers 93, Raptors 76
TORONTO ó LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 22 points for Cleveland.
Needing two rebounds and one assist in the final quarter for his 21st career triple-double, James had six points but only one rebound before leaving the game for good with just over three minutes remaining.
Nuggets 101, 76ers 89
PHILADELPHIA ó Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Chauncey Billups added 22 points for Denver in the Nuggets’ third straight victory.
Bulls 113, Bucks 104
MILWAUKEE ó Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 31 points, and Luol Deng added 21 for Chicago.
Richard Jefferson tied a season high with 32 points for Milwaukee.