Detroit at Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. EST). The Pistons make their first trip to Los Angeles since beating the Lakers in last season’s NBA Finals.
_Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead Dallas to a 122-113 victory over Sacramento.
_Stephon Marbury, Knicks, had 17 points and 12 assists in a 113-101 victory over Philadelphia.
Antoine Walker returned to Boston as the Celtics sent Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta and Michael Stewart to Atlanta on Thursday. Baron Davis was traded from New Orleans to Golden State for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis, while the Hornets acquired forward Glenn Robinson from Philadelphia for Jamal Mashburn and Rodney Rogers. A total of 35 players were moved in 11 deals.
The Los Angeles Clippers snapped an eight-game losing streak Thursday night with a 92-86 victory over Minnesota.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson scored 29 points in a 113-101 loss to New York on Thursday night. ... Mike Bibby had 26 points and eight assists in Sacramento’s 122-113 loss to Dallas.
``They’re going to probably win the Atlantic now. It’s going to make them one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. I know (Allen) Iverson is very happy about it. I’m going to call him and tell him he got an early Christmas present.″ _ LeBron James on Philadelphia acquiring Chris Webber. The Sixers made another big trade on Thursday, acquiring Rodney Rogers and Jamal Mashburn from New Orleans for Glenn Robinson.