Tuesday , Dec , 07 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson scored 26 points and
hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left to lift the New Jersey Nets to
an 88-86 win over the Toronto Raptors at Continental Airlines Arena. Jason
Kidd made his season debut after undergoing off-season left knee surgery and
scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. He
dished out only three assists and committed six turnovers, but did make a
game-tying three-pointer in the final two minutes. Jefferson added nine
rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who have won two straight. Vince
Carter returned from a one-game absence as a result of food poisoning and
led the Raptors with 22 points. However, his potential game-tying basket
at the buzzer bounced out and Toronto was handed its fourth straight setback.

Final Score: Atlanta 96, Philadelphia 92

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Antoine Walker posted his sixth double-double
of the year with 22 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a
96-92 victory over Philadelphia at Philips Arena. Al Harrington added 21
points and Predrag Drobnjak collected season highs of 20 points and nine
rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a nine-game losing streak overall and
halted a five-game home slide. Josh Smith had a career game with 11 points
and 10 rebounds for Atlanta. His putback with 17.6 seconds remaining gave the
Hawks the lead for good at 94-92. Allen Iverson scored a season-high 36
points for the 76ers, including 18 in the first quarter. Kyle Korver added
14 on 4-of-10 shooting from three-point territory and Marc Jackson collected
13 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers, who ended a five-game road trip
0-5 and are just 1-8 on the road this season.

Final Score: San Antonio 91, Chicago 75

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 17 points and had five
assists to lead a balanced San Antonio attack that handed the Spurs a 91-75
victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Devin Brown posted 14
points while Tim Duncan had 12 with 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won
eight straight games for their best start in franchise history at 16-3.
Manu Ginobili also scored 12 points in San Antonio’s seventh straight win over
Chicago. Tyson Chandler collected 17 points and 12 rebounds for the 2-13
Bulls, who trailed almost the entire way en route to their third loss in a
row. Luol Deng added 13 points in defeat.

Final Score: Detroit 101, Dallas 85

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 24 points and Richard
Hamilton added 19 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 101-85 victory over the
Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Ben Wallace grabbed 15 rebounds
and Rasheed Wallace contributed 13 points for the Pistons, who finished a
five-game road trip with their third win. Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points to
lead the Mavericks, who lost for just the second time in six games. Dallas
lost at home for the fourth time after losing only five home games there all
of last season. Erick Dampier scored 11 and had 14 rebounds in a losing
effort.

Final Score: Denver 115, Orlando 102

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Andre Miller scored a season-high 29 points,
dished out seven assists and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets
to a 115-102 win over the Orlando Magic at the Pepsi Center. Carmelo Anthony
added 28 points for the Nuggets, who have won two straight, four of five and
eight of 10. Kenyon Martin tallied 23 points and 12 boards as Denver ended a
four-game homestand 3-1. First-overall pick Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10
rebounds for the Magic, who had a three-game win streak halted. Steve Francis
also had 23 points and dished out eight assists as Orlando lost for just the
third time in 10 games.

Final Score: Miami 100, Utah 80

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade poured in 23 points and
Damon Jones drained a career-high seven three-pointers as Miami rolled to a
100-80 victory over slumping Utah at the Delta Center. Jones finished 7-of-11
from beyond the arc in a 21-point effort for the Heat, who had lost two of
three coming in. Shaquille O’Neal added 21 points and 13 boards and surpassed
the 10,000 career rebound mark in the triumph. Matt Harpring led the Jazz
with 12 points, while Carlos Boozer compiled 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Carlos Arroyo dished out 11 assists for Utah, which has dropped five straight
and nine of 11 after a 6-1 start to the year.

Final Score: LA Clippers 99, Charlotte 93 (2-OT)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored eight of his 33
points after regulation as the Los Angeles Clippers needed double overtime to
defeat the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, 99-93, at the Staples Center. Maggette
was 19-of-21 from the foul line and he also pulled down 11 rebounds to help
the Clippers to their sixth win in seven games. Elton Brand scored 19 points
with seven boards before getting ejected late in the fourth quarter for a
flagrant foul. Bobby Simmons chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds in a
career-high 52 minutes while Marko Jaric starred defensively with five steals
to go with 10 assists. Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec netted 14 points for the
Bobcats, who are a respectable 3-3 their last six times out. Brezec grabbed
eight rebounds, seven less than first-round pick Emeka Okafor, who added 12
points.

Final Score: Golden State 110, Boston 106

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Troy Murphy had a career-high 30 points and
pulled down 15 rebounds as Golden State posted a hard-fought 110-106 victory
over Boston at the Arena. Jason Richardson netted 17 points and Derek Fisher
had 13 off the bench as the Warriors won back-to-back games for the first time
this season. Paul Pierce poured in 26 points for the Celtics, who have dropped
two in a row following a three-game win streak. Jiri Welsch finished with a
personal-best 24 points in defeat.