Dallas Allen Iverson played for the first time this season, and the Philadelphia 76ers finally won their first game.
Iverson, the reigning NBA MVP, scored 18 points and had nine assists in his return from elbow surgery as the Sixers beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 on Saturday night.
Even though he was just 7-of-28 shooting, and obviously still a long way from top form with some bad misses, Iverson scored half of his points in the fourth quarter as the Sixers held off the Mavericks.
Iverson missed the first five games, all losses for the 76ers, after arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Sept. 25. He averaged 31.1 points last season as Philadelphia won the Eastern Conference.
The Mavericks were within five, 89-84, after Michael Finley made a 3-pointer with just under five minutes left. Iverson, when he made a sudden stop at the baseline, caught himself from falling down and made a short shot.
Iverson's driving layup after Matt Harpring knocked the ball away in a crowd made it 95-86 with 1:08 left. Derrick Coleman led the Sixers with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron McKie, playing in only his second game after shoulder surgery, had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
T-wolves 98, Bucks 82
Milwaukee Kevin Garnett scored 20 points, and all five Minnesota starters reached double figures before the end of the third quarter.
Minnesota, which never trailed, received double-doubles from Garnett (15 rebounds) and Rasho Nesterovic (10 points, 11 rebounds). Wally Szczerbiak added 19 points, Joe Smith 16 and Terrell Brandon 13. Ray Allen scored 16 points, and Glenn Robinson had 14 for Milwaukee.
Warriors 90, Knicks 71
New York Rookie Jason Richardson scored 14 points in the first quarter when Golden State took the lead for good, and the Warriors' reserves maintained a big lead throughout the fourth quarter.
Chris Mills scored 12 points and rookie Troy Murphy had 11 as coach Dave Cowens kept all his starters except Larry Hughes on the bench for the final 12 minutes.
Clippers 111, Suns 102
Los Angeles Elton Brand had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Quentin Richardson scored seven of his 17 points in the final eight minutes. Penny Hardaway scored 31 points and Stephon Marbury added 25 points and 11 assists for the Suns.
Kings 90, Heat 75
Miami Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points, and Vlade Divac added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings snapped a two-game losing streak.
Stojakovic, who scored at least 30 in his previous three games, made just 5 of 14 shots, but he still provided enough offense to help the Kings salvage a split in their four-game road trip.
Nets 87, Cavaliers 84
East Rutherford, N.J. Kenyon Martin scored 18 points, and Jason Kidd made two free throws in the closing seconds.
Kerry Kittles scored 17 points, and Keith Van Horn had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.
Pacers 105, Blazers 96
Indianapolis Jalen Rose scored 19 points, and Al Harrington added 18.
Reggie Miller (34 minutes) and Jalen Rose (33) all played below their averages, but they were picked up by the reserves, led by Harrington and Jonathan Bender, who scored 15 one fewer than he had all season.
Derek Anderson had 18 points, Bonzi Wells scored 15 and Ruben Patterson added 14 for the Trail Blazers.
Hornets 89, Bulls 85
Chicago Elden Campbell hit a go-ahead jumper with 24 seconds left, and made two free throws to seal the victory. Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points, and Baron Davis added 21 for the Hornets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Brad Miller scored 22 points, and Eddie Robinson, playing his first game as a Bull after missing five games with a broken toe, had 17 against his former team.
Raptors 117, Jazz 96
Salt Lake City Vince Carter scored 26 of his 43 points in the second half. Morris Peterson scored 26, three off his career high, and the Raptors tied a team record with 15 3-pointers. Donyell Marshall led Utah with 26 points but may have allowed as many with his spotty defense against Carter, who also sent Quincy Lewis, John Starks and Bryon Russell to the bench when they couldn't guard him.
Spurs 110, Hawks 88
San Antonio Tim Duncan scored 20 points, and rookie Tony Parker added 19. David Robinson and Antonio Daniels each had 14 points, and Steve Smith added 12 for the Spurs, who won their third straight to improve to 5-2.