National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 24 points with eight
rebounds, leading seven Boston players in double figures as the Celtics rolled
to a 117-101 victory over the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre. Marcus
Banks collected 20 points for the Celtics, who snapped a four-game slide.
Al Jefferson added 16 points, Raef LaFrentz scored 14, Ricky Davis had 13,
Gary Payton posted 11 and Jiri Welsch chipped in 10 in the win. Hedo Turkoglu
led the Magic with 18 points off the bench. Steve Francis and Kelvin Cato
added 14 points apiece for Orlando, which had a two-game win streak
halted. Cato also collected a game-high 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Denver 76, New Orleans 67
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins scored 18 of his 22 points in the
first half and Bryon Russell finished off the Hornets with 12 points in the
second as the Denver Nuggets downed New Orleans, 76-67, at the Pepsi Center.
All of Russell’s points came from beyond the arc, including a pair of threes
on consecutive trips down the floor to put Denver ahead for good. Andre Miller
added 14 points and dished out eight assists for the Nuggets, who notched
their sixth win in seven tries despite the absence of an injured Carmelo
Anthony. Lee Nailon netted 16 points to lead the Hornets, who scored just
eight points in the fourth quarter and are off to a dismal 1-12 start. P.J.
Brown collected 11 points and eight rebounds while Junior Harrington scored
Final Score: LA Clippers 94, Cleveland 82
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand poured in a season-high 30
points and dished out six assists, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 94-82
victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center. Bobby Simmons
posted 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Clippers have come up with four
consecutive wins in a five-day span after dropping three in a row. Marko Jaric
recorded 16 points with 11 assists for the second straight game and Mikki
Moore added 13 points off the bench. LeBron James had 22 points, six steals,
five rebounds and five assists to lead the way for the Cavaliers, who missed
out on their first 10-win November since the 1977-78 campaign. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas collected 16 points in only Cleveland’s second loss in the last