National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen finished with 37 points, five
rebounds and five assists to lead Seattle to a 103-95 win over Philadelphia at
the Wachovia Center. Allen converted 7-of-12 three-pointers for the
SuperSonics, who tied a franchise record with 18 three-point shots to earn
their seventh straight victory. Antonio Daniels posted 19 points while
Vladimir Radmanovic added 20 points off the bench for Seattle, which posted
18 straight points in the second half to overcome a 72-64 deficit. Allen
Iverson scored 26 points for the Sixers, who had a three-game winning streak
snapped. Kyle Korver contributed 14 points off the bench.
Final Score: Utah 107, Charlotte 105
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Raja Bell’s two free throws with 15 seconds
remaining in regulation helped lift the Utah Jazz to a thrilling come-from-
behind victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, 107-105, at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Bell scored 21 points off the bench and Carlos Boozer netted a game-high 34
points with 13 boards for the Jazz, who rallied from 22 points down to win
their second straight and continue their red-hot start to the young season.
Gordan Giricek and Jarron Collins each scored 11, while Andrei Kirilenko
chipped in with 13 points. Keith Bogans paced the Bobcats with 28 points off
the bench. Eddie House had 17 and Gerald Wallace netted 16 for the Bobcats,
who are still in search of the franchise’s first win at home. Emeka Okafor
contributed 13 points and hauled down eight rebounds for Charlotte,
which has also dropped four straight.
Final Score: Atlanta 88, Houston 84
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Antoine Walker amassed 20 points and 10
rebounds and Atlanta scored 15 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter
to pull out an 88-84 victory over Houston at Philips Arena. Predrag Drobnjak
chipped in 15 points off the bench and Al Harrington finished 14 as the Hawks
rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit. Yao Ming made good on 13-
of-15 shot attempts in a 27-point, 11-rebound performance for the
Rockets, who have lost three of four. Tracy McGrady added 21 points, but the
duo combined for just a single bucket during a final period in which Houston
was outscored 26-15.
Final Score: Minnesota 108, Miami 97
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett posted 25 points, 21 rebounds
and eight assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-97 victory over
the Miami Heat at the Target Center. Wally Szczerbiak scored 21 points
and Sam Cassell added 19 for the Timberwolves, who have captured three
of their last four games. Troy Hudson chipped in 12 points in 16 minutes
during the victory. Miami guard Dwyane Wade returned to the lineup after
missing the last two games with a minor ankle injury and totaled 25 points.
The Heat have dropped three of their last four after starting the
season with four straight victories. Shaquille O’Neal delivered 20 points
and 15 rebounds in the losing effort. He has now recorded a double-double in
four straight contests.
Final Score: Phoenix 107, Dallas 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in 34 points and grabbed
11 rebounds to lead Phoenix over Dallas, 107-101, at AmericanAirlines Center.
In his first return to Dallas after playing seven years for the Mavericks,
Steve Nash tallied 17 points and 18 assists for the Suns, who snapped a brief
two-game losing streak. Coming into the game, Phoenix had lost seven straight
and 10 of its last 11 at Dallas, but walked off the court with its first road
win versus the Mavericks since January 13, 2001. Jerry Stackhouse netted 21
points off the bench for the Mavericks, who fell for the first time in four
games and only the second time in nine games this season. Dirk Nowitzki
posted 20 points and 16 boards in the team’s first road defeat of the season.
The Mavericks also lost two players to injuries. Center Erick Dampier left
with a strained hip and guard Jason Terry suffered a sprained ankle.
Final Score: San Antonio 99, New York 81
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 17 points and hauled down
10 rebounds, while Tony Parker added 18 points as San Antonio routed New York,
99-81, at the SBC Center. Bruce Bowen netted 13 and handed out six assists
for the Spurs, who have won four straight. Brent Barry contributed 12
points off the bench and Rasho Nesterovic chipped in with 10 points on 5-
of-8 shooting in the win. Jamal Crawford paced the Knicks with a team-high
16 points. Stephon Marbury and Nazr Mohammed each added 13, while Tim
Thomas scored 15 for New York, which has lost four-of-six to open the 2004-05
campaign. Kurt Thomas had eight points with 11 rebounds in a losing cause.
Final Score: Sacramento 113, Chicago 106
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 29 points
to lead Sacramento over Chicago, 113-106, at ARCO Arena. Mike Bibby added 27
points, while Chris Webber posted 19 points and 13 rebounds for the
Kings, who won for the third time in as many games. Eric Piatkowski netted
24 points for the Bulls, who have started the season with five straight
losses for the first time since the 2000-2001 campaign. The 2000-01 squad,
under the direction of Tim Floyd, also began 0-5 and finished 15-67.
Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Toronto 89
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Marko Jaric led the way with 23 points
while Corey Maggette added 22, as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Toronto
Raptors, 101-89, at the Staples Center. Elton Brand chipped in 19 points for
the Clippers, who at 5-3 are off to their best start since 1995. Chris Wilcox
and Bobby Simmons, the other two LA starters, also finished in double figures
with 14 and 10, respectively. Vince Carter poured in 21 points for Toronto,
which has lost three straight and four of five after starting the campaign at
4-0. Lamond Murray posted 12 points off the bench and Rafer Alston added 11 in
the losing effort.