Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young, Improving Mavericks Show Stuff against Spurs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Young, Improving Mavericks Show Stuff against Spurs

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David Robinson, meet the new and vastly improved Dallas Mavericks.

The San Antonio Spurs center got a good look at how well Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson are coming together up in Dallas. Despite Robinson's 42 points, the young Mavs came from behind to beat the Spurs 124-121 in overtime Tuesday night.

The win broke Dallas' 16-game losing streak to San Antonio.

"Confidence for this team is high right now," Kidd said, "and as long as we can keep learning while we're improving, this team is going to be very fun to watch."

Jamal Mashburn scored 34 points and Jimmy Jackson 28 to key Dallas' comeback victory. Roy Tarpley had season highs with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Even though Robinson came into the game leading the league in rebounds, Dallas outrebounded the Spurs 62-33.

In a fourth quarter that featured six lead changes and nine ties, Robinson's layup and foul shot gave the Spurs a 110-108 lead with 43 seconds left in regulation. A 3-pointer by Lucious Harris and a free throw by Mashburn forced overtime.

Magic 114, Cavaliers 97: Anfernee Hardaway scored 10 points and Shaquille O'Neal had nine in Orlando's 42-point first quarter as the Magic won at Cleveland.

O'Neal and Nick Anderson finished with 26 points each and Hardaway finished with 20 for the Magic, which has won nine of 10 games.

Knicks 104, Celtics 90: Charles Smith had 20 points and New York shut down Boston in the second half.

The Knicks led by as many as 20 points early in the final period. The visiting Celtics, who dropped their third in a row, made only 12 of 36 shots after halftime.

Dino Radja had 23 points to lead Boston, which was outrebounded 54-28. Dominique Wilkins added 20.

Pacers 90, Pistons 83: Dale Davis had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Reggie Miller made a key 3-pointer to stop a late rally as Indiana beat Detroit.

The Pacers led by 13 with 5:30 remaining, but Detroit used a 12-2 run to pull within one on a 3-pointer by Terry Mills with 1:47 remaining. Mills scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, going three for three from 3-point range.

Nuggets 102, Timberwolves 95: Dale Ellis scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and rookie Jalen Rose started a fourth-quarter rally to lead Denver over Minnesota. …

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