Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and the host San Antonio Spurs spoiled Dirk Nowitzki's season debut with a 129-91 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi Leonard added 17, Tim Duncan 15 and Stephen Jackson 14 for the Spurs (21-8).
After missing the Mavericks' first 27 regular-season games, Nowitzki entered with 6:28 left in the first quarter to a hearty mix of cheers and boos. Nowitzki underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 after battling soreness the previous season. The former MVP quickly picked up a rebound for Dallas and finished with eight points -- going 3 for 4 from the field -- and six rebounds in 20 minutes.
Darren Collison scored 15 points to lead Dallas (12-16), which lost its third straight.
Kings 108, Trail Blazers 96: Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help slumping Sacramento snap visiting Portland's five-game winning streak. The Kings played without starting center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended indefinitely Saturday for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team. Oakland High product Damian Lillard had 15 points for Portland.
Clippers 103, Suns 77: Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 13 assists and Los Angeles extended a franchise record with its 13th consecutive victory, over Phoenix.
Knicks 94, Timberwolves 91: Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying host New York past Minnesota. New York trailed from the opening minutes until Anthony scored eight straight points down the stretch.