No Kidd-ing: Mavs rally past Hawks
ATLANTA — Jason Kidd needed to take control. Hawks coach Mike Woodson gave him a perfect opportunity.
Kidd bumped into and briefly argued with Woodson, the spark Dallas needed to overcome a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat Atlanta, 111-103, in overtime last night.
"The coach is not supposed to be on the floor," Kidd said. "You see that a lot in games. The NBA has so many rules, and there is a coaching box, and some of the coaches do stretch that box. For me, it's just a reaction. Make something happen. It was a big play for us."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 37 points, Kidd had 19 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds, and the Mavericks won their sixth straight.
Kidd had his first triple-double this season and 104th of his career, third-most in NBA history behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
With 1:37 left in regulation, Kidd bumped into Woodson after the Atlanta coach took too long to step off the court as the guard was dribbling near the left sideline.
"I said, 'You can't be on the floor. You don't have a uniform on,' " Kidd said.
THUNDER 109, TIMBERWOLVES 92
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his second triple-double against visiting Minnesota in less than a week. Westbrook had 18 points, matched his own franchise record with 15 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds.
KNICKS 118, WIZARDS 116
David Lee's layup with 1.6 seconds to play in overtime gave visiting New York a victory over Washington. With the game tied at 116, Lee drove left and scored over JaVale McGee. Lee finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 126, RAPTORS 118
Mo Williams made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 22 points, and LeBron James scored 36 for visiting Cleveland.
ROCKETS 109, SPURS 104
Kevin Martin had his best game since being traded to the Rockets, scoring 33 points to lead host Houston over San Antonio. Martin was acquired last week from the New York Knicks.
KINGS 103, JAZZ 99
Beno Udrih scored 25 points, Tyreke Evans had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and host Sacramento snapped a five-game losing streak.
BOBCATS 93, GRIZZLIES 89
Stephen Jackson scored 32 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, helping visiting Charlotte defeat Memphis.
BULLS 115, TRAIL BLAZERS 111
Derrick Rose scored 33 points and Luol Deng added seven of his 23 in overtime to lead host Chicago past Portland.
SUNS 125, CLIPPERS 112
Robin Lopez scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and host Phoenix won its fifth straight.
NUGGETS 107, PISTONS 102
Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Carmelo Anthony added 24 and host Denver snapped a seven-game losing streak to Detroit.
HORNETS 100, MAGIC 93
David West scored 40 points and host New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat Orlando.
LAKERS 99, 76ERS 90
Pau Gasol had 23 points and 11 assists, Kobe Bryant added 19 points and eight assists, and host Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.
Law and order: Former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson faces sexual assault of a child and sex trafficking charges alleging he was among seven people who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and made to dance at a strip club, authorities said yesterday. Robertson was taken into custody yesterday in Bentonville, Ark., said Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Ino Badillo. Robertson lives in San Antonio, where he played for the Spurs.
Lakers: The NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials. Bynum made the critical comments following the Lakers' 101-96 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night, telling reporters: "It's hard playing eight-on-five, man."