NBA ROUNDUP Thursday's games
Knicks 113, 76ers 101
NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas celebrated the passing of another uneventful trading deadline -- at least for him -- by scoring 21 points on 10-for-11 shooting to lead New York. Thomas also grabbed 12 rebounds, and Tim Thomas shot 10-for-14 and scored 27 points for New York. Philadelphia, which had only eight players in uniform -- none of them named Chris Webber -- was led by Allen Iverson's 29 points. Webber, acquired late Wednesday night from Sacramento, will make his 76ers debut Saturday against his old team, the Kings. Stephon Marbury had 17 points and 12 assists, and Jamal Crawford added 16 points and nine assists for New York.
Mavericks 122, Kings 113
DALLAS -- Sacramento was doing just fine in is first game without Chris Webber, until Dirk Nowitzki took over. Nowitzki scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Michael Finley hit two clutch 3-pointers in the closing minutes, helping Dallas turn a late nine-point deficit into a nine-point victory. Dallas, which played just eight players and lost one to an injury late in the third quarter, trailed 98-89 with 9:02 left before going on a 13-2 run. Nowitzki put them ahead for good on a short jumper with 4:39 to go, then Josh Howard followed with a dunk in transition that turned into a three-point play. Finley stretched the Mavs' lead to 112-107, then hit another 3 with 1:42 left to make it 117-110. Sacramento never got closer than four again. Marquis Daniels had season-highs with 29 points and eight assists, plus nine rebounds, and Finley added 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Mike Bibby and Cuttino Mobley each scored 26 for the Kings, who spoke earlier in the day about needing to forge a new identity -- whatever that will be -- without their best player. Darius Songaila got off to a good start in his increased role by posting a career-high 23 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. The Kings dressed the league-minimum of eight players because Webber and two reserves were traded to Philadelphia on Wednesday night and their replacements hadn't arrived, plus Peja Stojakovic was out with a strained hamstring.