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Jazz fires away, goes 4-0

By Associated Press
Published November 9, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY - Andrei Kirilenko scored 24 to help the Jazz improve to 4-0 with a 102-91 victory over the Nuggets on Monday night.

Mehmet Okur had his best game since joining Utah with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Raja Bell added 17 points. The Jazz swept the home-and-home series with the Nuggets, who edged Utah for the final playoff spot last season.

Utah has scored at least 100 points in each of the first four games - the first time since 1995-96, when the Jazz topped 100 five straight times during a 4-1 start.

Denver fell to 1-3 after struggling from the floor again. The Nuggets shot 42 percent, their best of the young season.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 17 points and eight rebounds, scoring 12 in the final period as the Nuggets tried to come back after falling behind by as much as 22.

MAVS 101, WARRIORS 98 (OT): Dirk Nowitzki scored 25, including the opening basket in overtime that put Dallas ahead to stay and remain unbeaten.

Golden State's Jason Richardson had forced overtime with a 3-pointer from the corner despite being double-teamed with 12 seconds left in regulation.

Knicks in shakeup

Isiah Thomas waited two games and one awful loss before orchestrating yet another shakeup that may lead to Thomas, the Knicks' president, taking over as the team's coach this season.

The Knicks announced Monday that assistant coach Dick Helm, Lenny Wilkens' longtime friend and top assistant for 20 years, had resigned and would be replaced by Brendan Suhr, who emerged as Thomas' right-hand man with New York.

Wilkens said Helm, 71, whom he pulled out of retirement, had resigned for personal reasons. However, the New York Daily News reported that Thomas was considering a change for a long time and feels more confident with Suhr.

The move leaves Wilkens with a staff that he either inherited or had little say in putting together. Michael Malone and Herb Williams are holdovers from the Don Chaney regime, while Mark Aguirre and George Glymph were brought in by Thomas. It is unprecedented for a coach of Wilkens' stature to work with a staff he did not select.

Thomas was unavailable for comment.

NUGGETS: Shooting guard Voshon Lenard will be sidelined at least six months after surgery on his torn left Achilles' tendon. He was injured Nov. 2 in a season-opening loss to the Lakers.

SUNS: Bo Outlaw signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team, which missed his tough post play last season. He was released by Memphis on Nov. 1. To make room for him, Phoenix placed guard Yuta Tabuse, the first Japanese-born player to make an NBA roster, on the injured list with a right quadriceps strain.

WIZARDS: Kwame Brown has a sprained left ankle to go along with his broken right foot, probably delaying his return until December.

[Last modified November 9, 2004, 00:27:24]


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