Friday , Dec , 10 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady capped an incredible comeback on
a game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the contest, lifting the
Houston Rockets to an improbable 81-80 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
McGrady, who scored 13 points in the last 34 seconds, finished with 33 points
and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who overcame a 76-64 deficit with less
than a minute to go in the game. Yao Ming contributed 27 points and 10
rebounds in the win, Houston’s third in a row. Houston also ended a seven-game
losing streak versus San Antonio. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 26 points
and a game-high 18 boards. Devin Brown, who had a costly turnover that led to
McGrady’s game-winner, had 20 points off the bench for San Antonio, which
suffered its second straight loss.

Final Score: Seattle 107, Dallas 102

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and grabbed nine
rebounds to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 107-102 win over the Dallas
Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Lewis hit a key three-pointer with a
minute left as the Sonics held off a late Dallas comeback attempt to win for
the fourth straight time. Ray Allen added 22 points and Vladimir Radmanovic
hit 5-of-7 from behind the arc on his way to 18 points for Seattle, which
continues its best start to a season since 1993. Dirk Nowitzki tallied 27
points and seven rebounds for the Mavs, who have dropped two of three. Michael
Finley returned from a 15-game absence due to a right ankle sprain to score 19
points, as Dallas has already matched last season’s home loss total with five.
Jerry Stackhouse also had 19 points for Dallas, which has dropped two in a row
as the host.

Final Score: Portland 89, Boston 87

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim drained a game-winning
three-pointer as time expired to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to an 89-87
win over the Boston Celtics at the Rose Garden. Zach Randolph finished with 22
points and 17 rebounds for the Blazers, who ended a two-game slide and won for
the third time in five outings. Abdur- Rahim ended with 15 points and 14
boards for Portland, which outrebounded the Celtics 62-39. Paul Pierce, who
was battling the flu, ended with a season-low six points for Boston, which has
dropped three straight games to start its five-game road trip. Gary Payton and
Mark Blount each finished with 14 points for the Celtics, who are just 2-7 on
the road this season.