Basketball - Highlights of Saturday's National Basketball Association games

Nov 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Basketball Association games:


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Pacers 89, Cavaliers 74

Lance Stephenson matched a career high with 22 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-74.

Paul George had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Roy Hibbert added 11 points for the Pacers, who improved to 3-0.

Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 17 points, but he made just 7-of-21 shots from the field and was held to two points in the second half.

Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and Anderson Varejao added 14 for the Cavaliers (1-2).

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76ers 107, Bulls 104

Despite being projected to be among the worst teams in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers improved to 3-0 with a stirring 107-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Sixers opened the season with an unlikely victory over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat and then won on Friday at Washington.

For a team projected by many to win about 20 games, the Sixers have done a complete reversal under first-year coach Brett Brown.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 26 points and 10 assists, and Evan Turner added 20 points. Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Thaddeus Young scored 13 points and Tony Wroten had 11.

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Mavericks 111, Grizzlies 99

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 and the Dallas Mavericks downed the Memphis Grizzlies 111-99 at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks sprinted ahead early and held the lead for the rest of the game against their Southwest Division rivals. Nowitzki joined five teammates in double figures, including the entire starting lineup.

Dallas forward Shawn Marion had his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Samuel Dalembert nearly joined Marion with 14 points and nine boards. Jose Calderon score 15 and dished out five assists.

Monta Ellis added 18 points and Vince Carter chipped in 11 off the bench.

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Raptors 97, Bucks 90

Rudy Gay scored 18 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late rally for a 97-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gay was just 4-of-14 from the field but finished with two three-pointers and went 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Kyle Lowry finished with 14 points, and Landry Fields and Amir Johnson had 11 each.

O.J. Mayo led Milwaukee with 16 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 14 with 6-of-12 shooting from the field and making both of his three-point attempts. (Compiled by Steve Keating in Toronto)

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