Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh netted 18 points and Loren Woods
compiled 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as Toronto put together a
101-89 victory over Detroit at the Air Canada Centre. All five Raptor starters
finished in double-figures as Toronto recorded its second straight home
triumph to begin the 2004-05 campaign. Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton
each poured in 24 points for the defending World Champion Pistons, who opened
the season Tuesday with a 87-79 win over Houston. Detroit head coach Larry
Brown was not in attendance, as the 64-year-old is recovering from recent hip
surgery which will keep him away for at least one week. Assistant coach Gar
Heard ran the club in Brown’s absence.

Final Score: Phoenix 108, Philadelphia 98

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points with 10
rebounds, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 108-98 victory over Philadelphia at
the Wachovia Center. Shawn Marion added 24 points and 11 boards and Joe
Johnson scored 22 for the Suns, who opened their season with a 30-point win
over Atlanta at home on Wednesday night. Allen Iverson’s 25 points and nine
assists led the Sixers, who stumbled to a loss after coming from behind to
beat Boston in their opener on Wednesday. Iverson made just six of his 20
shots and turned the ball over seven times.

Final Score: Indiana 100, Boston 94

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Austin Croshere scored seven of his 16 points
during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, leading the Indiana Pacers to
a 100-94 win over the Boston Celtics at the Fleet Center. Ron Artest tallied a
game-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won
both of their contests this season. Artest shot 9-of-19 from the floor and 8-
of-8 from the free throw line, but more importantly held Boston sharp-shooter
Paul Pierce to just 5-of-14 shooting, as the Celtics again blew a fourth-
quarter lead to remain winless in two games under new head coach Doc Rivers
this season. Pierce ended with 15 points for Boston, which dropped its opener
98-95 to Philadelphia on Wednesday after holding an 18-point second-half lead.

Final Score: Houston 89, Memphis 81

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady finished with 30 points and nine
assists to lead Houston to an 89-81 win over Memphis in the first game for
both teams in new Southwest Division at FedExForum. Jim Jackson contributed 14
points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who posted their first win of the
season after opening with consecutive losses. Juwan Howard added 11 points and
nine rebounds off the bench. Pau Gasol scored 21 points and pulled down six
rebounds for the Grizzlies, who opened the season with consecutive losses and
are still looking for their first victory in their new arena. Bonzi Wells
added 15 points.

Final Score: Orlando 90, New Orleans 89

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Steve Francis’ tip-in with 2.7 seconds left
on the clock lifted Orlando to a 90-89 road victory over New Orleans. Francis
finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu poured in 21
points in 16 minutes off the bench to lead the Magic to their second straight
last-second win in as many games. Orlando began its 2004-05 campaign Wednesday
with a 93-92 triumph over Milwaukee in which Francis netted a game-winning
layup at the buzzer. The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by the Hornets
point guard Baron Davis, who racked up 36 points and seven assists in defeat.
New Orleans, which opened its season with a 106-91 home defeat to Dallas on
Wednesday, got 13 points from both David Wesley and Jamaal Magloire.

Final Score: New Jersey 111, Chicago 106 (2-OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson scored 26 points, grabbed a
career-high 21 rebounds and handed out nine assists, as New Jersey held off
Chicago in double overtime, 111-106, at the United Center. Alonzo Mourning
added 17 points and Jason Collins chipped in 16 for the Nets, who improved to
1-1 after opening their season with a 100-77 loss to Miami. Kirk Hinrich
poured in a career-high 34 points and added eight assists for the Bulls, who
nearly overcame a double-digit second-half deficit before giving way in the
end. Othella Harrington scored 19 points and Andres Nocioni contributed 17
points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which played its season-opener after being
the last NBA team to play a game this year.

Final Score: Portland 94, LA Clippers 81

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 points and
grabbed eight rebounds to lead Portland to an easy 94-81 win over the Los
Angeles Clippers at the Rose Garden. Derek Anderson had 16 points and Zach
Randolph contributed 14 points and 14 boards for the Trail Blazers, who opened
their season with a 78-75 win in Golden State. Chris Wilcox poured in a
career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to
1-1 on the season after winning their opener 114-84 over Seattle. Elton Brand
added 17 points for Los Angeles, which has dropped 11 straight and 24 of its
last 25 games at the Rose Garden. The Clippers last won in Portland on April
11, 1999.

Final Score: San Antonio 105, LA Lakers 96

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan had 26 points and 16 rebounds to
lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Los Angeles Lakers, 105-96. Manu Ginobili
added 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Spurs,
who won for the second time in as many games on the young season. Kobe Bryant
had 28 points to lead the Lakers, who have opened the post-Shaquille O’Neal
era with losses in two of their first three games.

Final Score: Utah 102, Golden State 80

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Keith McLeod posted his first career double-
double with 17 points and 10 assists, leading the Utah Jazz to a 102-80
victory over Golden State at The Arena. McLeod was 7-of-8 from the field in 28
minutes for the Jazz, who opened their season with a convincing 26-point win
over the Lakers on Wednesday. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and nine rebounds
and Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 in the win. Raja Bell and Matt Harpring each
chipped in 11 points. Derek Fisher scored 17 points to lead the Warriors, who
dropped their season-opener to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Jason
Richardson added 13 points in the loss.

Final Score: Seattle 106, Atlanta 85

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen shot 10-of-16 for 25 points, leading
the Seattle SuperSonics to a 106-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in their
home opener at KeyArena. Rashard Lewis posted 23 points and Antonio Daniels
added 12 to help Seattle to its seventh straight home-opening win. Reggie
Evans collected 11 points and nine rebounds. Lewis also had half of his team’s
10 blocks for a new career high. Antoine Walker led the way for the Hawks with
24 points and eight boards. Al Harrington had 14 points on a dismal shooting
night (6-of-20) as Atlanta has dropped its first two games of the season.