National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 41 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-93 win over the
Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Nowitzki shot 12-of-24 from the field,
including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and was a perfect 13-of-13 from the
free throw line for the Mavs, who rebounded from their lone loss of the season
on Tuesday night to improve to 5-1 this year. Shaquille O’Neal had 22 points
and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who suffered their first loss in five games this
season. O’Neal became the 20th player in league history to reach the 22,000-
point plateau, finishing the game with 22,002 points in just 814 contests.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Miami, but
left the game early with a sprained left ankle.
Final Score: Minnesota 96, Houston 91
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett registered 20 points, 17 rebounds
and nine assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Houston Rockets,
96-91, at the Toyota Center. Sam Cassell contributed 18 points for Minnesota,
which bounced back from a one-point loss to Indiana on Tuesday. Wally
Szczerbiak chipped in 13 points in the victory. Yao Ming posted a game-high 25
points for the Rockets, who played without star guard Tracy McGrady. The two-
time league scoring champion sat out with a pair of injuries to his hip and
groin. It is unclear when McGrady will return to action and he is considered
day-to-day. Maurice Taylor scored 19 points for Houston, which saw a three-
game winning streak halted.
Final Score: Denver 117, Detroit 109
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in 34 points before
fouling out late, Earl Boykins became the shortest player in NBA history to
score at least 30, and Denver held on for a 117-109 victory over Detroit at
the Pepsi Center. The 5-foot-5 Boykins ended with 32 points and six assists in
33 minutes off the bench for the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing
streak. Andre Miller chipped in 14 points and six helpers. Richard Hamilton
scored 25 points to lead the Pistons, who had a two-game win streak halted.
Carlos Delfino added 17 points off the bench and Chauncey Billups had 16
before leaving with a left ankle injury.