Wednesday , Dec , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in a team-high 27 points,
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 19 and Cleveland edged New Jersey, 103-97, at the
Gund Arena. Jeff McInnis and Drew Gooden each netted 16 for Cleveland, which
has won three straight and eight in a row at home. Lucious Harris came off the
bench to collect 11 points, including a clutch three late in the game against
his former team. Richard Jefferson paced the Nets with 27 points. Jason
Collins had 17 and Alonzo Mourning chipped in 16 for New Jersey, which had its
brief two-game winning streak come to an end. Jason Kidd, one night after
making his season debut after undergoing off-season left knee surgery, scored
10 points with two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of action.

Final Score: Milwaukee 89, Indiana 86

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 28 points to lead
Milwaukee to an 89-86 win over Indiana in the opener of a home-and-home set at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Desmond Mason chipped in 21 points and seven rebounds for
the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Dan Gadzuric had a game-
high 13 rebounds in the win. Reggie Miller scored 32 points, including 19 in
the fourth, for the Pacers, who have dropped five straight contests. Fred
Jones and David Harrison both netted 13 points in the loss.

Final Score: Memphis 96, New York 88

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Earl Watson poured in a game-high 22 points,
Mike Miller added 20 and Memphis rolled to a 96-88 win over New York at the
FedEx Forum. Pau Gasol collected 16 points, eight boards with seven assists
for Memphis, which won for just the second time in its last eight games. James
Posey chipped in 11 for the Grizzlies, who improved to 2-1 under new head
coach Mike Fratello. Jamal Crawford paced the Knicks with 17 points. Tim
Thomas and Nazr Mohammed each had 16 for New York, which has dropped three in
a row. Stephon Marbury, who was plagued with foul trouble through out the
contest, ended with just nine points on 2-of-12 shooting. Marbury did manage
to dish out nine assists in a losing cause.

Final Score: Dallas 97, Minnesota 87

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 34
points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Dallas to a 97-87 win over Minnesota
at the Target Center. Josh Howard added 13 points and 12 boards while Jerry
Stackhouse scored 12 for the Mavericks, who have won three of their last four
games. Alan Henderson posted 11 points and a game-best 15 rebounds while Erick
Dampier had 11 points and 11 boards in the win. Kevin Garnett netted 32 points
and grabbed 12 boards for the Timberwolves, who had their five-game winning
streak halted. Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points and Eddie Griffin contributed
14 in the loss.

Final Score: Houston 89, New Orleans 81

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming compiled 21 points and nine rebounds,
while Tracy McGrady scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, as
Houston earned an 89-81 victory over lowly New Orleans at the Toyota Center.
Andre Barrett added 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting as the Rockets won for the
second straight time following a five-game slide. David Wesley recorded 18
points and P.J. Brown finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the
Hornets, who fell to 1-15 after their seventh loss in a row. Dan Dickau also
had 14 points in the setback, 13 of which came in the final 12 minutes.

Final Score: Phoenix 118, Golden State 104

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire tallied 33 points and 11
rebounds and the Phoenix Suns used a 21-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat
the Golden State Warriors, 118-104, at America West Arena. Steve Nash poured
in 26 points and 11 assists for Phoenix, which has captured 11 of their last
12 games. With an overall mark of 15-3, the Suns are off to their best start
since the 1993-94 campaign, when they also won 15 of their first 18 games.
Shawn Marion added 23 points in the victory. Jason Richardson led the way for
the Warriors with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy chipped in 24
points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which saw a brief two-game winning
streak halted.

Final Score: Sacramento 109, Charlotte 92

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic netted a game-high 30 points
to go along with 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings outlasted the Charlotte
Bobcats, 109-92, at ARCO Arena. Brad Miller posted 27 points and eight
rebounds for the Kings, who won their fifth straight game. Darius Songaila
chipped in 17 points and 11 boards in the victory. Steve Smith totaled 16
points off the bench for Charlotte, which lost in double overtime to the
Clippers on Monday and is still searching for its first road victory in the
franchise’s brief existence. Emeka Okafor tallied 10 points and 15 boards in
the losing effort. The Bobcats are 3-4 in their last seven overall. Star
forward Chris Webber sat out for Sacramento with a sore left knee.