DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas Mavericks recorded their biggest-ever win by routing the winless Philadelphia 76ers 123-70 on Thursday, though the Sixers avoided their heaviest-ever defeat by scoring the last five points of the game.
In the day’s other games, Pau Gasol led Chicago to a win at Toronto, Memphis came from 26 points down to beat Sacramento with a buzzer-beater, and Golden State had a home win over Brooklyn.
Mavericks’ 53-point victory margin surpassed its 50-point win over the New York Knicks in January 2010 as the team’s biggest.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points while playing only 20 minutes.
At 0-8, Philadelphia is the only NBA team without a victory this season. The only time the 76ers have gone deeper into a season before winning a game was 1972-73, when they lost their first 15 games, according to STATS.
The last NBA team with a longer losing streak to begin a season was the New Jersey Nets during their record 0-18 start in 2009-10.
Chicago’s Pau Gasol had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds and Derrick Rose scored 20 points before leaving with hamstring soreness, leading the Bulls to a 100-93 win at Toronto.
The Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games and snapped Toronto’s five-game winning streak in the matchup of teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 7-2.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in six home games this season.
Memphis’ Courtney Lee scored on a lob pass as time expired to give the Grizzlies a 111-110 win over Sacramento, capping a furious fourth-quarter rally.
The outcome wasn’t decided until after a lengthy review by officials who were trying to determine if the inbounds pass from Vince Carter with less than a second left was tipped by the Kings, and also to determine if Lee got the shot off before the horn sounded.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 25 points as the Warriors defeated Brooklyn 107-99.