National Basketball Association Game Capsules
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 31 points,
grabbed seven rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead the Dallas
Mavericks past the New Jersey Nets, 94-78, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jerry Stackhouse chipped in 28 points off the bench for Dallas, which improved
to 6-1 on the season. Marquis Daniels had 11 points and six boards for the
Mavericks, who have won nine straight meetings with New Jersey.
Richard Jefferson paced the Nets with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Cleveland 105, Washington 74
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in a team-high 24 points
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 as Cleveland routed Washington, 105-74, in an
afternoon affair at Gund Arena. Drew Gooden netted 14 with 15 rebounds,
while Lucious Harris contributed 11 points off the bench for Cleveland,
which owned the glass, outrebounding the Wizards by a 62-32 margin. Jeff
McInnis added 13 for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight after starting
the season 0-3. Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 25 points for the
Wizards, who shot 33.3 percent from the field and have dropped three of four.
Final Score: Golden State 103, Charlotte 87
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 27 points, Troy
Murphy added 22 with 16 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors picked up their
first victory of the season with a 103-87 win over Charlotte on Saturday. Mike
Dunleavy posted 16 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who were just
three losses from matching their franchise-worst 0-9 start from 1997. Head
coach Mike Montgomery got his first NBA win since leaving Stanford to the
team. Gerald Wallace scored 22 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats,
losers of three straight since picking up their first-ever win last Saturday
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Atlanta 88
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan posted game highs of 26 points and
18 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-88 victory over Atlanta on
Saturday at Philips Arena. Duncan, who has posted a double-double in all six
games this season, finished 10-of-20 from the field and blocked two shots.
Bruce Bowen went 5-for-5 from three-point range and finished with a career-
high 22 points for the Spurs, who have won five of their first six games to
begin the season. Radoslav Nesterovic, who had three blocks, netted 10 points
and 11 boards in the victory. Antoine Walker led Atlanta with 23 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds, but the Hawks lost for the fifth time in six tries
Final Score: Indiana 103, New York 97
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 33 points and
pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 103-97 victory over
New York at Conseco Fieldhouse. Ron Artest contributed 22 points and Stephen
Jackson netted 19 in the victory, the fifth in seven games for the Pacers to
begin the season. Stephon Marbury scored a game-high 37 points to lead the
Knicks, who have lost three of five to open the 2004-05 campaign. Nazr
Mohammed had 20 points and 15 boards in the loss.
Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Chicago 96
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored a game-high 23 points to
lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Chicago Bulls, 97-96, at the United
Center. Marko Jaric added 19 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who
came back from a 24-point deficit to win their second game in three tries.
It was the biggest comeback on the road in franchise history. Eddy Curry
tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who started a season with
four straight losses for the first time since the 2000-2001 campaign.
That team, under the direction of Tim Floyd, began 0-5 and finished 15-67.
Final Score: Milwaukee 94, New Orleans 91
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored a game-high 30 points and
his jumper with 1:10 remaining gave Milwaukee the lead for good, as the Bucks
scored a 94-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. This is the worst start
in franchise history for the Hornets (0-6), who are the lone winless team
in the Western Conference. The Hornets played without their best player,
Baron Davis, who is suffering from a strained lower back. Keith Van Horn added
17 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Bucks, who won for the
third time in four games this season. Joe Smith contributed 15 points and 11
Final Score: LA Lakers 84, Houston 79
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Lamar Odom had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the
Los Angeles Lakers gave head coach Rudy Tomjanovich a triumphant return to
Houston with an 84-79 victory over the Rockets. Tomjanovich spent 33 years
in Houston as both a player and a coach, leading the Rockets to back-to-back
NBA Championships in 1994 and ’95 before having to resign in March 2003 upon
being diagnosed with bladder cancer. He was honored during a pregame ceremony
and given numerous standing ovations. Kobe Bryant added 19 points and 11
boards to help the Lakers snap a brief-two game skid.
Final Score: Utah 108, Detroit 93
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer’s 20 points and 13
rebounds helped lead the Utah Jazz to a 108-93 win over the Detroit Pistons at
the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur, playing against his former team for the first
time, had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who rebounded from
Wednesday’s loss to Toronto and improved to 5-1 on the young season. Richard
Hamilton scored a game-high 21 points and handed out six assists for the
Pistons, who lost their second in a row and have split their first six
games of the year. Antonio McDyess had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Detroit, which did not allow an opponent to reach the century mark until its
37th game en route to an NBA championship last season, has given up 117 and
108 points in back-to-back games.
Final Score: Sacramento 113, Phoenix 111
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Chris Webber amassed 28 points and 10 rebounds
and Peja Stojakovic added 23 points as Sacramento held on for a 113-111
victory over Phoenix at America West Arena. Mike Bibby contributed 20 points
and seven assists for the Kings, who won for the first time in five road tilts
this season. Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash each poured in 29 points for
the Suns, who have dropped two in a row after beginning the year with four
straight wins. Shawn Marion compiled 14 points and 15 rebounds, while
Stoudemire finished with nine boards in the loss.
Final Score: Portland 105, Toronto 102
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 27 points and grabbed 16
rebounds to lead Portland over Toronto, 105-102, at the Rose Garden. Damon
Stoudamire added 20 points and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who
snapped a three-game losing streak. Rafer Alston netted 27 points and
dished out seven helpers for the Raptors, who have dropped three of their
last four. Jalen Rose added 21 points and seven boards while Chris Bosh had
17 points with eight rebounds in the losing effort.