NBA Game Recap – Nov 23
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington to a 102-86 win over Toronto at the MCI Center. Gilbert Arenas contributed 26 points for the Wizards, who have won three straight games for the first time in two seasons and four straight overall against Toronto. Larry Hughes added 20 points and seven boards in the win. Vince Carter scored 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost five of their last six. Rafer Alston chipped in 20 points and 13 assists in the setback.
Final Score: Charlotte 91, Detroit 89
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor posted team highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Charlotte over Detroit, 91-89, in the second of a home-and-home set at Charlotte Coliseum. Keith Bogans added 18 points and seven boards for the Bobcats, who snapped a seven-game losing streak. Brevin Knight contributed a season-high 19 assists in the win. Chauncey Billups netted 24 points and handed out seven assists for the Pistons, who were without head coach Larry Brown as he continues to recover from recent hip surgery.
Final Score: Indiana 106, Boston 96
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jamaal Tinsley poured in 29 points and dished out six assists to lead the shorthanded Indiana Pacers to a 106-96 victory over the Boston Celtics at Conseco Fieldhouse. Tinsley, who missed last game with a sore wrist, shot a scorching 11-of-19 and James Jones had a career night with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Pacers, with just eight players in uniform, won for the first time since Friday’s melee in Detroit that resulted in suspensions to three of their top players. Ricky Davis added 15 points with seven rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost five in a row against Indiana. Gary Payton recorded 14 points to go with eight assists in a losing effort.
Final Score: New York 104, Atlanta 88
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Nazr Mohammed compiled 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead a balanced New York scoring attack as the Knicks downed Atlanta, 104-88, at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford added 17 points for the Knicks, who had five players reach double figures as New York recorded its third victory in four games. Stephon Marbury scored 16 and dished out 11 assists, while Kurt Thomas also registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Antoine Walker had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who lost for the third straight time and suffered their 10th consecutive defeat in Madison Square Garden.
Final Score: Portland 99, Miami 87
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Portland to a 99-87 win over Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena. Derek Anderson chipped in 19 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 16 for the Trail Blazers, who won for only the third time in their last eight games. Dwyane Wade had 19 points and nine assists for the Heat, who had their three- game winning streak halted. Shaquille O’Neal added 17 points and 13 boards while Shandon Anderson also netted 17 points in the loss.
Final Score: Seattle 103, Minnesota 92
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 27 points, Ray Allen had 24 and the Seattle SuperSonics rolled to a 103-92 victory over Minnesota at the Target Center. Vladimir Radmanovic added 17 points and Antonio Daniels scored 12 with 11 assists for the Sonics, who rebounded from a loss to win for the 10th time in 11 games. Kevin Garnett collected 16 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to lead the Timberwolves, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Wally Szczerbiak also scored 16, while Troy Hudson and Fred Hoiberg added 14 apiece in the loss.
Final Score: New Jersey 90, Denver 88
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Kenyon Martin racked up 22 points and 12 rebounds against his former team as Denver earned a hard-fought 90-88 victory over New Jersey at the Pepsi Center. Andre Miller poured in 17 points on 8- of-10 shooting along with five assists to aid the Nuggets to their fourth straight win, while Marcus Camby contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Richard Jefferson compiled 26 points and 11 boards for the Nets, who suffered their sixth straight defeat despite an outstanding effort from their bench. Rodney Buford had 13 points and Travis Best added 11 along with seven assists to lead the New Jersey reserves, who outscored Denver’s bench 42-22.
Final Score: LA Lakers 100, Milwaukee 96
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant led the way with 30 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-96, at the Staples Center. Lamar Odom shot 8-of-12 for 17 points and pulled down nine boards to help the Lakers to their fourth win in five tries. Caron Butler added 16 points in the victory. Desmond Mason was a scorching 12-for-16 from the field for 26 points, but it was not enough to prevent the Bucks from their fifth straight defeat. Mike James netted 18 points and dished out a personal-best 11 assists in a losing cause. Leading scorer Michael Redd was held to just six points on 1-of-8 shooting in 30 minutes.
Final Score: Sacramento 102, Houston 96
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored a team-high 22 points to lead Sacramento over Houston, 102-96, at ARCO Arena. Bobby Jackson added 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who wrapped up a perfect 5-0 homestand. The Kings have dominated Houston at home over the years, winning 11 consecutive contests. Houston hasn’t won in Sacramento since a 107-93 victory on March 28. 1999. The Rockets were able to snap a five-game series skid on November 6, as they posted a 104-101 overtime win at the Toyota Center. Yao Ming tallied 29 points and nine boards for the Rockets, who fell for the first time in three games. Tracy McGrady recorded 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.
Final Score: Golden State 115, New Orleans 109 (3-OT)
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Calbert Cheaney scored eight of his 18 points after regulation to lead Golden State to a 115-109 triple-overtime win over New Orleans at The Arena. Jason Richardson scored six points and registered 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won two of their last three games despite squandering a 12-point lead and missing 11 free throws. Speedy Claxton posted 21 points and seven boards. Jamaal Magloire scored a career-high 27 points and pulled a season-high 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost nine of 10 games to open the season. David Wesley scored a season-high 22 points and Lee Nailon posted 18 points.