Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison scored a team-high 27 points
and hauled in 10 rebounds while Gilbert Arenas added 25 points, as Washington
defeated Boston in overtime, 110-105, at the MCI Center. Larry Hughes
contributed 21 points with 12 boards and Jared Jeffries netted 15 off the
bench for Washington, which snapped a two-game slide despite blowing a 17-
point first-half lead. Jarvis Hayes finished with 14 points in the win. Paul
Pierce poured in a game-high 37 points, including 18-of-20 from the foul line
for Boston, which had its three-game winning streak halted. Gary Payton
chipped in 17 — all in the second half — and Ricky Davis collected 14 in the
loss.

Final Score: Orlando 107, Utah 92

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis poured in a season-high 33
points, handed out 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Orlando
Magic past the Utah Jazz, 107-92, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Grant Hill chipped
in a season-high 32 points to go along with five boards and five assists for
Orlando, which remained unbeaten at home this season (4-0). Francis and Hill
combined to shoot 24-of-34 from the floor. Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points
and Dwight Howard pulled down 10 rebounds for the Magic, who outscored the
Jazz 36-17 in the fourth quarter. Carlos Boozer collected 27 points and
eight boards for Utah. Mehmet Okur netted 13 points and Andrei Kirilenko
added 12 for the Jazz. Okur also had seven rebounds, while Kirilenko ended
with eight.

Final Score: Indiana 93, Atlanta 86

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 25 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a come-from-behind 93-86 win
over the Atlanta Hawks at Conseco Fieldhouse. Ron Artest added 24 points for
the Pacers, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half. Austin
Croshere chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which has won two
straight after dropping two in a row. Al Harrington, facing his former club
for the first time, scored a season-high 30 points for the Hawks, who failed
to capture consecutive wins for the first time this season. Antoine Walker
added 16 points, seven boards and five assists for Atlanta, which scored
only 13 third-quarter points to fall for the sixth time in eight outings this
season.

Final Score: Seattle 79, New Jersey 68

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 17 points as
Seattle recorded its eighth straight victory with a 79-68 triumph over New
Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena. Vladimir Radmanovic and Danny Fortson
each delivered 14 points off the bench for the surprising Sonics, who have
not lost since a season-opening defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers. Richard
Jefferson compiled 20 points and 10 rebounds for the struggling Nets, who
dropped their fourth game in a row. Travis Best added 13 points in 17
minutes, while Alonzo Mourning nearly had a double-double, finishing with 10
points and nine boards. The Nets entered the contest averaging a league-
worst 82.7 points per contest and were held under 70 for the third time in
eight games.

Final Score: Detroit 93, Minnesota 85

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 19 of his 21
points in the second half to help the Detroit Pistons rally for a 93-85 win
over the Minnesota Timberwolves in coach Larry Brown’s first game back from
hip surgery. Richard Hamilton was 11-of-14 from the foul line to net a game-
high 24 points for the Pistons, who were 2-3 under assistant Gar Heard in
Brown’s absence. Tayshaun Prince also had a big game for Detroit, shooting 9-
of-13 for 19 points. Billups, who missed the team’s last game with a sprained
left ankle, added eight assists. Ben Wallace recorded seven points and 10
rebounds after missing a pair of games due to the death of his brother. Kevin
Garnett and Latrell Sprewell had 24 points apiece for the Timberwolves, who
saw their brief two-game win streak come to an end. Garnett also pulled down
a game-high 13 boards for Minnesota, which had captured 11 of the previous
13 meetings with the Pistons.

Final Score: Phoenix 95, New Orleans 84

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 27 of his career
high-tying 38 points in the second half to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 95-84
victory over the Hornets at New Orleans Arena. Shawn Marion chipped in 23
points and nine rebounds for Phoenix, which improved to 5-1 on the road
and 6-2 overall this season. Steve Nash collected 16 points and 12 assists for
the Suns. David Wesley paced New Orleans with 19 points and nine assists.
P.J. Brown contributed 12 points and 10 boards for the Hornets, who
played without leading scorer Baron Davis. The star guard was placed on
the injured list Wednesday with an inflamed disc in his lower back. The 0-7
record for the Hornets under new head coach Byron Scott extends the worst
start in franchise history.

Final Score: Miami 113, Milwaukee 106

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones scored 27 points, including nine
during a key stretch in the third quarter, as the Miami Heat held off the
Milwaukee Bucks, 113-106, at the Bradley Center. Shaquille O’Neal tallied 26
points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who have won two of
three after dropping two straight. Dwyane Wade added 18 points and seven
assists for Miami, which used a 21-7 run in the third quarter to build a
19-point lead. Michael Redd had 33 points for the Bucks, whose late rally
came up short. Keith Van Horn added 23 points and six rebounds, as
Milwaukee dropped its second straight to fall to .500 through six games this
season.

Final Score: Denver 112, Toronto 106

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in a team-high 30 points
and Kenyon Martin scored 24 points with a season-high 16 rebounds, leading the
Denver Nuggets over the Toronto Raptors, 112-106, at the Pepsi Center. Anthony
finished 16-of-16 from the line — a Pepsi Center record — while Andre
Miller chipped in with 14 points, seven boards and seven assists.
DerMarr Johnson contributed 12 points and Earl Boykins netted 11 off the bench
in the win, the second in the games for Denver. Jalen Rose paced the
Raptors with 30 points. Chris Bosh had 15 and Vince Carter added 14 in
Toronto’s fourth straight loss. Rafer Alston collected 12 points and had six
of the team’s 16 misses from three-point territory.

Final Score: Memphis 101, Portland 82

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Bonzi Wells poured in 25 points and Pau Gasol
racked up 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis to a 101-82 victory over
Portland at the Rose Garden. Shane Battier added 12 points for the
Grizzlies, who have rebounded from an 0-4 start to the season to post
three wins in four games. Lorenzen Wright nearly posted a double-double,
finishing with nine points and 10 boards. Zach Randolph compiled 16 points
and seven boards for the Trail Blazers, who suffered their fourth loss in
five outings. Reserve Travis Outlaw delivered a career-high 11 points in 10
minutes long after the outcome had been decided. Wells, who spent the first
five-plus NBA seasons in Portland, tortured his old club by making 11-of-18
shots and both of his three-point attempts. Gasol finished 5-of-5 and
Battier 5-of-6 from the floor as Memphis posted a 54.2 percent field-goal
percentage and hit on 7-of-13 three-point shots as a team.

Final Score: LA Lakers 103, LA Clippers 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant had a great all-around game
with 23 points, 11 assists and five steals to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a
103-89 victory over the visiting Clippers at the Staples Center. Chucky Atkins
added 17 points and dished out seven assists for the Lakers, who have
defeated their in-city rivals 14 of the last 15 times as the home team. Chris
Mihm chipped in 15 points while Caron Butler had 14 in the win. Corey
Maggette scored a game-high 24 points for the Clippers, who were off to their
best start in nine years at 5-3 coming into the game. Bobby Simmons
contributed 23 points with eight rebounds while Elton Brand contributed 14
points and 11 boards in the setback.

Final Score: Golden State 98, Chicago 85

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson tied a season-high with 27
points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Golden State to an easy 98-85 win
over Chicago at The Arena. Troy Murphy added 17 points and hauled in eight
boards for the Warriors, who won for only the second time in their last eight
games. Speedy Claxton contributed 14 points and 11 assists in the win. Kirk
Hinrich had 15 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, who have dropped their
first six games and are off to their worst start since 1967-68 when the club
began 0-9. Andres Nocioni and Eric Piatkowski each chipped in 13 in the loss.
Chicago and the New Orleans Hornets (0-7) are the only two winless teams in
the NBA.