Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson and Travis Best each scored
21 points to lead New Jersey to a 95-90 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Jefferson, who also hauled in eight rebounds, came alive in the fourth as he
scored 14 points in the final period for the Nets, winners in four of their
last five games. Eric Williams chipped in 20 points in the win. Antoine
Walker scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 13 boards for the Hawks, who
have dropped two of their past three contests. Al Harrington scored 21 points
in the setback.

Final Score: Sacramento 97, Indiana 92 (OT)

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Brad Miller hit four foul shots in the
final 10 seconds of overtime, as Sacramento defeated Indiana, 97-92, at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Chris Webber ended with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six
assists for the Kings, who have won six of their last seven games. Mike
Bibby contributed 21 points while Doug Christie and Peja Stojakovic both
netted 12 in the win. Miller finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Austin
Croshere had 21 points and eight boards for the Pacers, who have dropped
seven consecutive contests. Fred Jones added 17 points and Reggie Miller
scored 13 in the loss.

Final Score: Memphis 72, Detroit 68

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shane Battier hit four free throws in the final
19 seconds to lift Memphis to a 72-68 victory over Detroit at FedEx Forum. Pau
Gasol scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies to
their third win in four games. Earl Watson contributed 11 points and five
assists, while Lorenzen Wright narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with
nine points and 10 boards, as Memphis snapped a six-game losing streak to the
defending World Champions. Rasheed Wallace, who missed Friday’s 88-72 loss to
Atlanta with a hamstring injury, led the Pistons with 22 points and 10
rebounds. Richard Hamilton netted 18 points in defeat.

Final Score: Chicago 99, Minnesota 88

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in a career-high 31 points,
Kirk Hinrich added 19 with 12 assists and Chicago earned a rare win over
Minnesota, 99-88, at the United Center. Eddy Curry added 13 points for the
Bulls, who snapped a 10-game losing streak to Minnesota. Tyson Chandler and
Andres Nocioni each chipped in with 10 apiece. Chandler also collected a
team-high 16 boards as the Bulls won for just the fourth time in their first
18 games of the young season. Minnesota wasted a strong performance by
Kevin Garnett, who netted 16 and grabbed a season-high 21 boards. Sam Cassell
added 17 and Eddie Griffin scored 14 for the Timberwolves, who had their brief
two-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Dallas 102, Houston 78

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Michael Finley had 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki
added 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks thumped the Houston
Rockets, 102-78, at the Toyota Center. Josh Howard added 13 points and Marquis
Daniels 11 for Dallas, which has won 13 of its last 16 against meetings
with the Rockets, including nine of the last 10. Tracy McGrady had 15 points
and Yao Ming 13 to lead the Rockets, who had a three-game win streak halted
and suffered their worst defeat of the season. Houston’s worst previous loss
was 21 points against Detroit on November 30.

Final Score: San Antonio 116, Cleveland 97

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan netted 25 of his 34 points
before halftime as the San Antonio Spurs shot a blistering 84 percent in the
opening half on the way to a 116-97 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the SBC
Center. Duncan shot 13-for-15 while Bruce Bowen was 8-of-11 for a season-high
20 points. Tony Parker added 18 points and his 13 assists bested his previous
mark for the season as the Spurs snapped a brief-two game slide. Drew
Gooden’s 28 points were the most for him since coming to Cleveland. He also
grabbed nine rebounds and LeBron James scored 23 points while dishing out 10
assists for the Cavaliers, who have dropped 15 in a row in San Antonio dating
back to December 8, 1988.

Final Score: Boston 98, Seattle 84

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce netted 22 points and Gary Payton
had 21 as the Boston Celtics handed the Seattle SuperSonics their first home
loss of the season, 98-84, at KeyArena. Payton, making his first Seattle
appearance in a Celtics uniform, shot 10-of-16 from the field and dished out
five assists. Tony Allen added 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench to help
Boston snap a three-game slide. Rashard Lewis led the way with 19 points for
the Sonics, who came in with nine straight home wins en route to a 17-3
record. Two of their four losses this season have come to Boston. Danny
Fortson collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause.

Final Score: LA Lakers 89, LA Clippers 87

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant had 37 points, 10 rebounds and
five assists as the Los Angeles Lakers edged the crosstown rival Clippers,
89-87. Lamar Odom chipped in with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers,
who have won five straight over the Clippers. The Clippers suffered just their
second loss in eight games. The Clippers were paced by Corey Maggette’s 27
points. Mikki Moore added 18 points and 14 rebounds.