National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade continued his hot start to the
2004-05 campaign with a career-high 37 points, as the Miami Heat improved to
3-0 on the young season with a 118-106 win over the Washington Wizards. Wade
also dished out a career-best 12 assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the
Heat, who started 3-0 for the second time in franchise history. Eddie
Jones scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and buried 5-of-7
three-pointers for Miami, which has won the last five meetings with the
Wizards. Shaquille O’Neal finished with 13 points and eight boards in the win.
Gilbert Arenas led the Wizards with 27 points and Larry Hughes added 26.
Antawn Jamison chipped in 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for
Washington, which suffered its first loss of the season.
Final Score: Charlotte 111, Orlando 100
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Primoz Brezec scored a team-high 20 points
and Gerald Wallace added 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Charlotte
Bobcats to their first win in franchise history with a 111-100 triumph over
the Orlando Magic at Charlotte Coliseum. Emeka Okafor, the No.2 overall
pick in this year’s NBA Draft, netted 12 points with 14 boards.
Jason Hart collected 14 points and dished out 11 assists for the
Bobcats, who were victorious in their first home game. Cuttino Mobley led
all players with 23 points for the Magic, who were denied their first
3-0 start since the 1993-94 season. Grant Hill and Hedo Turkoglu each
netted 16 points for Orlando, which shot 4-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Final Score: Boston 107, New York 73
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 28 points, grabbed 10
rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead the Boston Celtics over the New
York Knicks, 107-73, at Madison Square Garden. Pierce, who was held to only
15 points on 5-of-14 shooting in Friday night’s loss to Indiana, shot 10-
of-18 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three- point range, as the
Celtics won for the first time in three tries under new head coach Doc
Rivers. Ricky Davis added 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Celtics, who
finally held on to a second-half lead. Stephon Marbury was held to only 12
points and had six assists for the Knicks, who suffered their worst loss in
home opener in franchise history. Mike Sweetney led them with 18 points.
Final Score: Detroit 99, Philadelphia 91
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups racked up 20 points and
10 assists to lead six Detroit players who scored in double-figures as the
Pistons posted a 99-91 victory over Philadelphia at The Palace of Auburn
Hills. Richard Hamilton added 17 points for the Pistons, who rebounded from
Friday’s 101-89 defeat at Toronto, while Rasheed Wallace scored 12 of his 16
points in the third quarter to help the defending World Champions take
control. Ben Wallace compiled 11 points and a season-best 16 rebounds as
Detroit emerged triumphant despite missing head coach Larry Brown for the
second straight night. Allen Iverson netted 31 points for the 76ers, who
lost their second in a row after Wednesday’s season-opening win over Boston.
Kenny Thomas pulled down 14 rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Phoenix 112, New Jersey 80
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and
pulled down nine rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 112-80 win over New Jersey at
Continental Airlines Arena. Joe Johnson notched 18 points and Steve Nash
contributed 17 points and eight assists for the Suns, who opened the season
with three straight victories for the first time since 1984-85 when they won
five in a row. They also snapped a four-game losing streak at New Jersey.
Richard Jefferson finished with a game-high 24 points for the Nets, who have
lost two of their initial three games.
Final Score: Indiana 100, Chicago 90
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson poured in a team-high 24
points and Jermaine O’Neal added 15 points with 10 rebounds off the bench, as
Indiana defeated Chicago, 100-90, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Ron Artest and Fred
Jones each netted 14 points for the Pacers, who opened the season 3-0 for the
first time since 1995-96. Jones connected on 4-of-7 from beyond-the-arc for
Indiana, which sizzled from three-point land as it hit 11-of-23 (48 percent).
Jamaal Tinsley handed out 12 assists in the win. Luol Deng scored a game-
high 25 points to pace the Bulls, who have lost 13 straight and 14 of
their last 15 at Indiana.
Final Score: Minnesota 99, New Orleans 92
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 15 rebounds
and Latrell Sprewell scored seven points during a late key run to lift the
Minnesota Timberwolves past the New Orleans Hornets, 99-92. The Hornets led
80-79, before Wally Szczerbiak hit a jumper to give Minnesota the lead for
good, at 81-80. Then Sprewell, who finished the game with 14 points, scored
seven down the stretch to lift the T-Wolves to victory. Baron Davis collected
21 points and 12 assists, while David Wesley scored 21 points on 7-for-18
shooting for the Hornets, who fell to 0-3 under first-year coach Byron Scott.
Final Score: Houston 104, Sacramento 101 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming scored 33 points and grabbed 12
rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 104-101 overtime win against the
Sacramento Kings at the Toyota Center. Charlie Ward’s back-to-back, three-
pointers in overtime gave the Rockets the lead for good, as Houston captured
its home opener while playing its fourth game in five nights. Tracy McGrady
added 23 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which has split its first four
games of the season. Mike Bibby had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven
assists for the Kings, who are 0-3 to start a season for the first time since
1997 when they started 0-4. Peja Stojakovic added 23 points and Chris
Webber tallied 20 points and 13 boards, as Sacramento has lost three straight
for the first time since January 24-28, 2003.
Final Score: Milwaukee 102, Cleveland 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd poured in 30 points and helped
spark a 14-0 second-half run which propelled Milwaukee to a 102-88 victory
over Cleveland at the Bradley Center. Keith Van Horn amassed 22 points and
14 rebounds for the Bucks in their home opener, while Maurice Williams
dished out 11 assists to go along with 10 points as Milwaukee rebounded
from a last-second defeat to Orlando in its season opener on Wednesday.
LeBron James finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the
Cavaliers, who dropped their third straight game to begin the 2004-05 season.
Jeff McInnis added 16 points and six helpers.
Final Score: Dallas 112, Memphis 88
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Michael Finley scored 23 points and Dirk
Nowitzki added 22 points and 13 rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a
112-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center.
Erick Dampier had 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Mavericks, who
remained unbeaten through their first three games. Pau Gasol scored 18 points
while Stromile Swift had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who
scored 35 points in the first quarter but were held to 35 points in the entire
second half. Jason Terry netted 15 points, Harris finished with 14 and
Jerry Stackhouse added 10 in the victory. Harris added a game-high four
Final Score: Utah 106, Denver 82
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer finished with 30 points and 17
rebounds to lead Utah to a 106-82 win over Denver at the Pepsi Center. Boozer
converted 13-of-19 shots from the field for the Jazz, who started the season
with three straight wins for the first time since they won five in a row to
open the 2000-01 campaign. Andrei Kirilenko posted 16 points, eight blocks and
seven boards. Earl Boykins scored a team-high 17 points for the Nuggets, who
have lost two of their initial three games this season. Kenyon Martin added
14 points and six assists. Denver guard Carmelo Anthony — who played 30
minutes — converted just 3-of- 20 shots from the field for seven points.
Final Score: LA Clippers 94, Golden State 86
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette poured in a game-high 26 points
to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 94-86 win over Golden State at The
Arena. Bobby Simmons netted 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the
Clippers, who have won two of their first three games to begin the season.
Chris Wilcox scored 14 points and Elton Brand added 13 points and seven boards
in the win. Speedy Claxton had 18 points and nine assists and Troy
Murphy scored 17 points for the Warriors, who dropped all three games on
their homestand to begin the campaign. Jason Richardson contributed 15 points
in the loss.