The Dallas Mavericks road woes continued, as they fell to the Indiana Pacers Friday, 103-83. The Mavs are now 1-4 on the road, the lone win coming opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dallas shot 37 percent from the field and just 15 percent from three-point range. The lone bright spot was the continued excellent play of O.J. Mayo. Mayo had 19 points to lead the Mavs, but no other player had over ten points in the game.
There are no undefeated teams left in the NBA after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New York Knicks, 105-95. The Grizzlies got a balanced attack from their starters, with Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley Jr. all scoring 16 or more points. Gasol led the offensive attack, scoring 24 points. Randolph recorded his eighth double-double in as many games, scoring 20 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. The Grizzlies now lead the Western Conference by one game over the San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Knicks Thursday night.
The Houston Rockets fell to the Portland Trailblazers, 119-117 in overtime. James Harden led the way with 29 points, six assists and six rebounds, but the Rockets had trouble stopping anyone on defense. Nicolas Batum had 35 points, six rebounds, five blocks and four assists while LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points. Rookie point guard Damian Lillard scored 27 points.
The New Orleans Hornets were outscored by 18 points in the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder and never recovered, losing 110-95. Ryan Anderson scored 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench for the Hornets, while rookie Anthony Davis chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each had 27 points to lead the Thunder.