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FULL-COURT PRESS Baseline-to-baseline coverage of the NBA Nets set new low by starting 0-18

New Jersey was pounded into NBA infamy, falling 117-101 to the visiting Dallas Mavericks for their 18th straight loss to start the season.

The Mavs made 17 of 19 shots and opened a 27-point lead in a nearly flawless second quarter, burying the Nets early in former New Jersey captain Jason Kidd's second trip back to his old home.

The Nets passed the 1988-89 Miami Heat and 1999 Los Angeles Clippers, who both dropped their first 17 games. New Jersey's next chance to end the streak comes Friday at home against Charlotte.

If the Nets defend the way they did Wednesday, the streak could last a while longer.

Dallas shot 81 percent in the first half, the first NBA team to make 80 percent of its shots in a half since the Denver Nuggets hit 82 percent against the Clippers on April 4, 2006, according to STATS, LLC.


Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points, LeBron James just missed a triple-double, and the host Cavaliers opened a 30-point lead in the third quarter and dismantled Shaq's former team with a 107-90 win over the Suns.

James finished with 12 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and another chase-down block of Suns guard Jason Richardson, whom he victimized last season. The Cavs had seven players in double figures.

It was the second straight blowout loss for the Suns, who were throttled 126-99 by the Knicks on Tuesday.


Rashard Lewis scored 17 of his 20 points in the third quarter, while Dwight Howard added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Magic easily cruised past the Knicks 118-104 at Orlando, Fla.

Earl Boykins scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 10 minutes, including the winning free throws with a second left, to lead the Wizards to a 104-102 victory over the visiting Bucks.

Rookie guard Tyreke Evans scored 26 points to help Sacramento sweep a four-game homestand improve to a surprising 9-8 by holding off Indiana at home, 110-105.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points, and the Thunder handed the 76ers their eighth straight loss with a 117-106 win at Oklahoma City.

Mike Conley scored a season-high 20 points as the Grizzlies rallied at Minnesota for a 97-95 win in a game between two of the Western Conference's worst teams.


Al Horford had 24 points to lead nine scorers in double figures as Atlanta had its best offensive night in 16 years with a 146-115 win at home over the Raptors.

The Hawks had their highest-scoring game since January 1993 and had nine players in double figures for the first time since December 1987.

Toronto's Chris Bosh, the NBA's No. 7 scorer at 25.2 points per game, had a season-low two points in only 16 minutes.


Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas set a team record for games played.

Ilgauskas, whose career was nearly ended by severe foot injuries, played in his 724th contest when he entered with 3:50 left in the first quarter.


After saying at last year's event in Phoenix that he planned to participate in the slam dunk contest during the All-Star festivities in Dallas this season, Cleveland's LeBron James now says he's "50-50" about taking part.

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