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In brief: Mavericks cruise to record win, 123-70 over winless 76ers

Mavericks’ Brandan Wright, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams. (Associated Press)
Mavericks’ Brandan Wright, right, blocks a shot by Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams. (Associated Press)

NBA: Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points while playing only 20 minutes and the host Dallas Mavericks had their largest victory ever, 123-70 over the winless Philadelphia 76ers.

The 53-point margin for Dallas surpassed its 50-point win over the New York Knicks in January 2010.

At 0-8, Philadelphia is the only NBA team without a victory. 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.

Bulls push past Raptors: Pau Gasol had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 20 points before leaving with a sore left hamstring, and visiting Chicago beat Toronto 100-93.

Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Mike Dunleavy had 14 as the Bulls won for the sixth time in seven games and snapped Toronto’s five-game winning streak.

Rose stumbled on a drive to the basket late in the fourth and was replaced by Dunleavy with 1:53 left.

Grizzlies complete rally: Courtney Lee scored on a lob pass as time expired to cap a furious fourth-quarter rally, and Memphis came from 26 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-110 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 11 assists, while Marc Gasol had 20 points. Lee’s reverse layup gave him 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Warriors handle Nets: Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Draymond Green had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Golden State beat Brooklyn 107-99 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry added 17 points and five assists as the hot-shooting, turnover-prone Warriors slowly started to cut down on mistakes. They shot 45.6 percent from the floor and had just 11 turnovers.

Blues top Predators; Oshie scores in return

NHL: Paul Stastny scored on a deflection with 5 minutes 54 seconds left to lift St. Louis to a 4-3 win over visiting Nashville.

Stastny tipped in a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to break a 3-3 tie.

Vladimir Tarasenko, T.J. Oshie and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Blues. Tarasenko, who added an assist, has six goals and six assists during a career-high seven-game point streak.

Canadiens rout Bruins: Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and host Montreal downed rival Boston 5-1 for its fourth straight win.

Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac also scored for the Canadiens.

With Tuukka Rask pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots in Toronto, Niklas Svedberg got the start for Boston and faced 34 shots. Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal.

Niemi carries Sharks to win: Antti Niemi made 32 saves and added an assist as San Jose beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Tampa, Florida.

Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy scored for the Sharks. Niemi assisted on Kennedy’s first goal in 30 games that made it 2-0.

Niemi had three saves on Ryan Callahan during a 5-on-3 power play that lasted just over a minute earlier in the third.

Wild take down Sabres: Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots as Minnesota broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over Buffalo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

After Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first of the season just 1:03 in for Buffalo, the teams combined for three goals in a 17-second span midway through the period. The Wild notched four goals and 20 shots in the first.

Stars beat Kings: Kari Lehtonen posted his first shutout of the season with 27 saves, and Dallas got goals from Ryan Garbutt and Jason Spezza in a 2-0 victory over host Los Angeles.

The highlight of Lehtonen’s 28th career shutout was an acrobatic glove save the 11-year veteran made while diving across the crease to rob Jarret Stoll at the edge of the crease at 13:16 of the second period.

Federer, Nishikori advance to ATP semis

TENNIS: Roger Federer blew away Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 to finish the ATP Finals round-robin unbeaten, and hand Murray his worst defeat in seven years in front of his home crowd in London.

Federer equaled Ivan Lendl’s record of 12 semifinal appearances in winning his group.

Before playing Murray, Federer had already secured a semis berth after Kei Nishikori defeated David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the afternoon.

That left Murray needing to defeat Federer in straight sets to make it to the last four at the O2 Arena and deny the Japanese newcomer a spot in the semifinals.

But Federer, yet to drop a set, made a perfect start, losing only eight points in a 23-minute first set.

Six tied for lead at OHL Classic

GOLF: Daniel Berger had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on his final nine for a share of the lead in the OHL Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Will MacKenzie, Robert Garrigus, Steve Wheatcroft, Hudson Swafford and Tony Finau also shot 65, and 50-year-old Davis Love III was a stroke back

Spokane’s Alex Prugh shot a 69 and is tied for 45th.

Kim gains edge: Christina Kim had two eagles in a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City.

Kim eagled the par-5 second and 17th holes at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico.

Spain’s Azahara Munoz was second. Lydia Ko birdied the final two holes for a 68.

Jimenez takes lead: Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 9-under 63 for a one-stroke lead on the opening day of the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek, Turkey.

Jimenez eagled his opening hole and had seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch starting on the fourth. He was one shot off the record at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.

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