Dirk Nowitzki scored 41 points and Marquis Daniels added 22 to help the Dallas Mavericks beat Miami 113-93 Thursday night, handing the Heat their first loss of the season and ending their franchise-record 14-game home winning streak.
Nowitzki made 12 of 24 shots from the field, shot 4-for-7 from 3-point range, made all 13 free throws and added 10 rebounds for Dallas (5-1).
"Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points -- giving him 22,002 for his career -- and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who lost for the first time in five games this season. Dwyane Wade added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists before spraining his left ankle with 7:07 remaining. He did not return.
"We had a lot of defensive lapses and they shot the ball well," O'Neal said. "We got into a hole, and I felt we had a couple opportunities to get out of the hole but they shot the ball well. Dirk had a hell of a game. He's a great player."
Dallas built a 14-point halftime lead and opened the third quarter with an 18-4 burst that pushed its lead to 89-63 against a Heat team that trailed for 4 minutes, 44 seconds in its first four games combined.
Timberwolves 96, Rockets 91
In Houston, Kevin Garnett hit a jump shot with 8.3 seconds left and finished one assist short of a triple double, leading Minnesota over Houston.
Garnett had 20 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, and Eddie Griffin made a key 3-pointer down the stretch against the team with which he began his troubled career, sending the Timberwolves past a Rockets team missing leading scorer Tracy McGrady.
McGrady missed his first game of the season with nagging hip and groin strains. The Rockets really could've used him.
Yao Ming scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and Maurice Taylor added 19, but Houston's perimeter players weren't able to replace McGrady's scoring punch.
Nuggets 117, Pistons 109
In Denver, Carmelo Anthony had 34 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals to break out of his early season slump and help Denver end a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
Stagnant and stingy to open the season with four double-digit losses in five games, the Nuggets played by far their best game despite losing center Marcus Camby to a hamstring strain late in the second quarter.
Earl Boykins had a career-high 32 points to become the smallest player in league history to eclipse 30 points and Denver shot 50 percent to end a seven-game losing streak against the defending champions.
Hakim Warrick had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead No. 6 Syracuse to a 104-54 victory over Northern Colorado on Thursday in the first round of the Coaches versus Cancer Classic.
Syracuse (1-0) will play Princeton (1-0) in the second round Friday night. The Tigers beat Bucknell 61-48 in the Carrier Dome earlier Thursday.
Northern Colorado (0-1), in only its second season back in Division I, had not played a ranked Division I team since 1957 and the Orange were merciless, scoring the first 24 points of the game.
Gerry McNamara, who finished with 11 points and five assists, hit two straight 3-pointers and a fast-break layup and Warrick, a preseason All-America, had six points to pace Syracuse's early surge.
The Bears, meanwhile, missed their first eight shots and two free throws and committed five turnovers while the Orange hit nine of their first 10 shots. Northern Colorado finally broke through on a 3-pointer by Sean Nolen at 12:27, but by then the game essentially was over.