Steve Nash had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 18 points during a game-breaking run in the second quarter that sent the Mavericks past the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-72, last night in Dallas.

Dallas improved to 11-0 and matched the longest winning streak in its 23 seasons.

"We took care of business," Nowitzki said.

Adding to the achievement, the Mavericks beat the Lakers for the fifth time in 46 meetings since 1991 with their most lopsided victory ever over Los Angeles. The previous largest margin was 23 points in 1986.

As bad as the Lakers are playing -- they are 3-8, all without Shaquille O'Neal -- this was still embarrassing. With owner Jerry Buss watching from the stands, the Lakers had their most lopsided loss of the season and came a basket from the lowest point total in franchise history. Los Angeles set a franchise-low by shooting 30.8 percent (28 of 91).

"I look around the locker room and I don't see fire in anybody's eyes," said Kobe Bryant, who led Los Angeles with 18 points. "Everybody is kind of dozing off a little bit. There's no intensity."

Remaining the only unbeaten team in the NBA, Dallas tied the sixth-best start in league history. The Mavericks will try to keep climbing the chart with home games Thursday against Houston and Saturday against Seattle. The record is 15-0 by the Rockets in 1993-94 and Washington in 1948-49.

Coach Phil Jackson and Bryant were complimentary of the Mavericks, but also said things would've been different with O'Neal.

"Teams know that what goes around comes around," Bryant said. "We're not going anywhere. They know that. We usually get the last laugh."

* TIMBERWOLVES 110, GRIZZLIES 106: Kevin Garnett had 34 points and 22 rebounds as host Minnesota denied Memphis its first win. The Grizzlies, 0-11 overall and 0-2 under Coach Hubie Brown, lost in overtime for the second time this season.

"If anybody has ever had a root canal, that was like two at one time," Minnesota Coach Flip Saunders said of the sloppy game. "I'm not going to say it was pretty."

* HEAT 97, BUCKS 93: Eddie Jones scored 22 points and rookie Caron Butler had a season-high 20 as visiting Miami won for the second time this season. Butler, who played at Park High School in nearby Racine, Wis., played before more than 40 family members at Bradley Center.

"My loved ones really turned out to support me," he said. "It was a beautiful thing."

* HORNETS 99, 76ERS 98: David Wesley grabbed a last-second rebound in the lane and tossed it in as time expired to lift New Orleans at home. The putback came after Jamal Mashburn, who scored 37 points, tried to win the game with a turnaround jumper. Allen Iverson nearly handed New Orleans its first home loss with a game-high 38 points and seven assists.

* ROCKETS 97 CAVALIERS 80: Cuttino Mobley scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and host Houston never trailed after the opening minutes.

"This is no disrespect to Cleveland, but if you are not a good team, we know we're supposed to beat them," Mobley said. "We tried to smack them out from the beginning."

* KINGS 111, BULLS 98: Bobby Jackson and Doug Christie scored 22 points apiece to boost Sacramento to 6-0 at home.

* JAZZ 99, SUNS 76: Karl Malone had 23 points and eight rebounds as host Utah won consecutive games for the first time this season.

* MAGIC 101, SUPERSONICS 84: NBA scoring leader Tracy McGrady had 41 points, his sixth straight game with at least 30, as Orlando won on the road.