Wednesday , Dec , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson posted 23 points to
lead the New Jersey Nets to a 99-86 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the
Meadowlands. Eric Williams delivered 22 points for the Nets, who used the
NBA’s most recent expansion franchise to stop a nine-game skid. Alonzo
Mourning netted 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Rookie Emeka Okafor
notched the best game of his young career with 26 points and 12 boards for
Charlotte, which entered the game following its third-ever victory on
Saturday. Jason Hart added 15 points in the setback.

Final Score: New York 110, Atlanta 109 (OT)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford hit a go-ahead three-pointer
with 3.4 seconds left in overtime and the New York Knicks held on for a
110-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Stephon Marbury
recorded a team-high 32 points and hit a pair of game-tying free throws with
2.6 seconds left in regulation, as the Knicks have won two straight to move
over .500 for the first time in nearly three years. Crawford, who shot only
7-of-28 from the field and 2-of-12 from three-point land, finished with 24
points for New York, which has won four of five overall. Antoine Walker
recorded a game-high 36 points and tallied 13 boards and Tony Delk had a
season-high 21 points for the Hawks, who failed to hold on to late leads in
both the fourth quarter and overtime to lose for the seventh straight time.

Final Score: Toronto 94, Miami 92

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose put Toronto ahead with a pair of free
throws in the closing seconds and finished with 24 points as the Raptors held
off the Miami Heat for a 94-92 win at AmericanAirlines Arena. Donyell Marshall
added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who snapped a six-
game road losing streak with the victory. Chris Bosh helped out with 12 points
and 10 boards in the win. Shaquille O’Neal reached the 30-point mark for the
first time with the Heat, scoring 34 points with 17 rebounds. Dwyane Wade had
22 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to go with nine rebounds
while Udonis Haslem recorded his fourth double-double of the year with 16
points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: LA Lakers 95, Milwaukee 90

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Brian Cook collected career highs of 25
points and 11 rebounds off the bench, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a
95-90 victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center. Kobe Bryant added 20
points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the win, the Lakers’ sixth in eight
games. Desmond Mason poured in 32 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost
seven of their last eight games. Maurice Williams added 21 points and 11
assists and Keith Van Horn contributed 11 points with 10 rebounds in
the loss.

Final Score: Sacramento 98, Memphis 93

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic tied a season high with 29
points to lead Sacramento to a 98-93 win over Memphis at FedExForum. Chris
Webber finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have won
eight of their last nine games. Stojakovic made 10-of-16 shots from the
floor, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Mike Miller — who made his initial
eight shots from the field — scored a team-high 25 points for the Grizzlies,
who have lost four straight overall and fell to 0-3 under interim head coach
Lionel Hollins. Pau Gasol notched 22 points and Earl Watson added 19 points
and nine assists in his first start of the season for Memphis.

Final Score: Detroit 93, Houston 72

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton and Antonio McDyess each
registered 19 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 93-72 blowout victory
over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Chauncey Billups added 18
points and eight assists for the Pistons, who closed out the season’s opening
month with a 7-7 mark. Rasheed Wallace chipped in 10 points and six rebounds
in the victory. Jim Jackson led the Rockets with 21 points as Houston
dropped its fourth straight game. Yao Ming notched 19 points and seven boards
while Tracy McGrady added 16 points for Houston.

Final Score: San Antonio 107, Dallas 89

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five
blocks and Devin Brown scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter,
leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at
American Airlines Center. Tony Parker netted 17 points to help the Spurs to
their fourth straight win and 10th in 12 tries. At 12-3, San Antonio is off
to its best start since the 1999-00 squad opened the season 14-3. Mavericks
head coach Don Nelson allowed assistant Avery Johnson to run the show for
this one, but the team did not respond. Dirk Nowitzki paced Dallas with 21
points and 13 boards while Josh Howard scored 17. Marquis Daniels chipped
in 15 points and six rebounds in a losing cause.

Final Score: Phoenix 115, Utah 102

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and
pulled down nine rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 115-102 win over Utah at the
Delta Center. Shawn Marion finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the
Suns, who have won eight straight for the first time since February 6-24,
2000. Steve Nash contributed 20 points and 14 assists. Carlos Boozer
finished with 27 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Jazz, who
have lost two straight and four of their last five games. Matt Harpring
added 19 points. Utah played without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who was
placed on the injured list with a sprained right knee.

Final Score: Portland 100, Seattle 94

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 25 points,
including 11 in the final stanza, to help Portland overcome a 10-point deficit
on the way to a 100-94 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Zach Randolph
also had a big fourth quarter with 13 of his 19 points as the Trail Blazers
outscored Seattle 38-24 in the period for their fourth win in five games.
Darius Miles added 20 points off a bench that racked up 43 points in all for
Portland. Rashard Lewis poured in a game-high 29 points for the 13-3
Sonics, who lost for just the second time in 15 tries. Ray Allen added 21
points while Luke Ridnour had 11 points and 10 assists in the loss.