Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce nailed a jumper at the buzzer to
give the Boston Celtics a 90-88 victory over Portland at the FleetCenter.
Pierce, who scored 20 points, hit the step-back jump shot moments after he was
poked in the eye by Portland rookie Sebastian Telfair while fighting for a
rebound at the other end. The All-Star got the shot off over the hand of Ruben
Patterson with a half- second left on the clock, and then leaped onto the
scorer’s table to celebrate. Raef LaFrentz added 18 points and 10 rebounds for
the Celtics, who won their second straight game despite blowing a 20-point
lead. Gary Payton chipped in 15 points in the win, and passed the career
20,000-point mark in the fourth quarter. Zach Randolph posted a game-high 22
points with eight boards for the Trail Blazers, losers of three straight.

Final Score: Philadelphia 108, New Jersey 100 (OT)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Corliss Williamson scored seven of his 15
points in overtime, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-100 win over the
New Jersey Nets at the Wachovia Center. Allen Iverson, whose jumper tied the
game with 7.2 seconds left in regulation, paced the Sixers with 26 points and
Marc Jackson added 19 in the win, Philadelphia’s first in four games. The
Sixers had lost three in a row after a season-opening win at Boston. Richard
Jefferson poured in a game-high 33 points for New Jersey, but missed crucial
free throws down the stretch. Eric Williams ended with 17 points and Alonzo
Mourning chipped in 16 and nine rebounds in the loss for the Nets, who have
dropped two of their last three games.

Final Score: Washington 106, Orlando 96

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes each scored
26 points to lead Washington to a 106-96 victory over Orlando in a Southeast
division matchup at the MCI Center. Jamison finished 10-fo-20 from the floor
and added a game-high 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game
losing streak. Brendan Haywood contributed 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in his
second outing back from a three-game suspension to open the season. Grant Hill
recorded a season-best 24 points for the Magic, who have dropped two of three
following a 2-0 start to the year. Steve Francis compiled 23 points, 10
rebounds and seven assists in defeat.

Final Score: LA Clippers 102, Indiana 68

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored a game-high 19 points
and hauled down 16 rebounds, while Bobby Simmons netted 18 as the Los Angeles
Clippers routed the Indiana Pacers, 102-68, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Corey
Maggette added 13 points and Mikki Moore contributed 16 off the bench for Los
Angeles, which snapped a 11-game road losing streak at Indiana. Stephen
Jackson scored 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting and Jamaal Tinsley netted 15 for
the Pacers, who suffered their first defeat of the season and their worst at
home since joining the NBA.

Final Score: Cleveland 114, Phoenix 109 (OT)

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in a game-high 38 points
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 24, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-109
overtime win against the Phoenix Suns at Gund Arena. Drew Gooden contributed
16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, while Jeff McInnis chipped in 17
points for Cleveland, who have won two straight after opening the season with
three straight losses. Shawn Marion paced six Phoenix players in double
figures with 22 points and Quentin Richardson had 21. Amare Stoudemire netted
20 points before fouling out and Joe Johnson collected 17 for the Suns, who
suffered their first loss of the season after opening the 2004-05 campaign

Final Score: Milwaukee 102, Charlotte 100

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason came off the bench and poured
in a game-high 31 points and Michael Redd scored 26, as the Milwaukee Bucks
rallied to beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 102-100, at the Bradley Center. Keith
Van Horn netted 23 and Maurice Williams added eight with 10 boards for the
Bucks, who have won two straight. Joe Smith contributed seven points and 10
rebounds in the win. Primoz Brezec scored 20 points and Jason Hart added 19
while handing out 12 assists for the Bobcats, who were playing their first-
ever game on the road.

Final Score: Memphis 110, LA Lakers 87

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol scored 22 points and Shane Battier
added 18 as Memphis earned its first victory of the season with a 110-87
whipping of the Los Angeles Lakers at FedEx Forum. Jason Williams compiled 17
points and six assists for the Grizzlies, who began the year with four
consecutive defeats. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points but finished
just 4-of-19 from the floor. Lamar Odom racked up a double-double with 14
points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which came in having won two in a row.
The Memphis bench contributed 47 points to the winning cause.

Final Score: San Antonio 91, Golden State 71

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan posted 23 points, 18 rebounds
and five blocked shots to lead the San Antonio Spurs over Golden State, 91-71,
at SBC Center. Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs, who led the whole
way for their third win in four games this season. San Antonio coach Gregg
Popovich picked up career victory No. 399. Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy
scored 13 points apiece to lead the Warriors, who remain winless (0-5) on the
young season. Speedy Claxton added 10 points in the loss, but failed to score
after halftime.

Final Score: Toronto 104, Utah 95

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 20 points to lead the
Toronto Raptors to a 104-95 victory over the previously-unbeaten Utah Jazz at
the Delta Center. Vince Carter had 16 points and Loren Woods netted 14 for
Toronto, which rebounded from its first loss of the season on Tuesday versus
the Sacramento Kings. The Raptors also ended a two-game slide in Utah. Raja
Bell paced the Jazz with 20 points off the bench. Carlos Boozer scored 19
points and Keith McLeod chipped in 16 for the Jazz, who opened the 2004-05
campaign with four consecutive wins. The Jazz were searching for their best
start since opening the 2000-01 campaign with five consecutive wins.

Final Score: Seattle 108, Sacramento 78

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 20 points to lead Seattle to
an easy 108-78 win over Sacramento at KeyArena. Rashard Lewis added 18 points
and eight boards and Luke Ridnour netted 17 for the SuperSonics, who have won
four straight games since opening their season with a loss. Danny Fortson
contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle. Brad Miller had 17 points
and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped four of their first five
contests of the campaign. Peja Stojakovic scored 16 points and Chris Webber
chipped in 11 in the setback.