Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony drained an 18-foot jumper with
3.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Denver Nuggets to a
100-99 victory over the Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter. Anthony finished
with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Miller collected 19 points and seven
boards and Kenyon Martin chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists
for Denver, which snapped a two-game skid and won for the 11th time in its
last 15 contests. Marcus Camby had 16 points and 11 boards in the win. Paul
Pierce paced Boston with 31 points. Ricky Davis ended with 18 points for
the Celtics, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Mark Blount netted 13 points
and Gary Payton contributed 11 points and 10 assists in the loss.

Final Score: Toronto 96, Minnesota 90

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh waited to face the reigning league
MVP to have his best game of the season, posting 24 points and 14 rebounds in
Toronto’s 96-90 win over Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Morris
Peterson added 19 points in the victory that snapped the Raptors’ seven-
game slide. Bosh was one point shy of his career high, shooting 11-
for-21. Garnett tallied 23 points along with 15 rebounds for the T-Wolves, who
managed only four field goals and 16 points in the fourth quarter en route
to just their third loss in 11 games.

Final Score: Miami 98, Washington 93

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Damon Jones hit a go-ahead three-pointer
with 21 seconds left and Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth
quarter, as the Miami Heat recorded a 98-93 win over the Washington Wizards at
the MCI Center. Jones scored 23 points, shooting 8-of-16 from the field
and 5-of-12 from three-point range, for the Heat, who have notched a
season-high six straight wins. Wade, playing with an injured left ankle, also
recorded nine assists, as Miami swept a home-and-home from Washington. Antawn
Jamison scored a team-high 26 points, but missed two key shots in the final
20 seconds, as the Wizards suffered their second straight loss after
winning nine of 11. Gilbert Arenas added 22 points, eight assists and seven
rebounds for Washington, which has dropped four in a row this season and eight
straight to the Heat dating back to last year.

Final Score: Cleveland 112, Portland 88

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James posted game highs with 25 points
and 11 rebounds to go along with seven assists to lead Cleveland over
Portland, 112-88, at Gund Arena. Jeff McInnis netted 18 points and nine
helpers for the Cavaliers, who have won back-to-back games on the heels of
a two-game skid. Cleveland, which also received a season-high 18 points from
Ira Newble, is an impressive 9-1 as the host this season. Darius Miles
scored 21 points and grabbed six boards for the Trail Blazers, who have lost
five of seven. Portland is 3-8 on the road this season.

Final Score: Detroit 94, New York 93

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups hit a pair of free throws
with 2.6 seconds remaining to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 94-93 come-from-
behind win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Richard
Hamilton had a game-high 29 points for Detroit, which rallied from a 16-point
halftime deficit to end a two-game losing streak. Billups finished with 15
points and seven rebounds. Jamal Crawford had a team-high 25 points, but
missed a key jumper with six seconds left that could have extended the
Knicks’ one-point lead. Stephon Marbury, whose desperation runner from the
foul line as time expired missed, ended with 18 points and seven assists.
Allan Houston came off the bench for 17 points, as New York’s guards combined
for 62 points.

Final Score: Chicago 96, Memphis 88

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry poured in a team-high 20 points,
Kirk Hinrich added 15 and Chicago earned a rare road win by beating Memphis,
96-88, at the FedExForum. Ben Gordon came off the bench to add 15 points
on 5-of-9 shooting for the Bulls, who won just their second road game of the
season. Tyson Chandler had a solid all around game, netting nine points with a
game-high 10 rebounds in the win. Pau Gasol paced Memphis with a game-high 24
points. Mike Miller added 12 while James Posey and Bonzi Wells each
contributed 10 for Memphis, which has dropped two straight and three of four.
Jason Williams, who was activated off the injured list prior to the game,
also scored 10 points in 23 minutes in the setback.

Final Score: New Orleans 98, Golden State 89

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Dan Dickau netted a career-high 23 points
to rally New Orleans to only its second win of the season, a 98-89 victory
over the visiting Golden State Warriors. David Wesley scored 18 points and
dished out six assists to help the Hornets (2-19) put the brakes on an 11-
game skid, leaving them one short of the franchise record. P.J. Brown
recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Troy Murphy posted
25 points and 12 boards for the Warriors, picking up the scoring slack for
Speedy Claxton, who had just four of his 21 points in the second half.
Claxton also established a season high with 12 helpers for Golden State, which
fell for the third time in seven tries.

Final Score: Houston 92, Atlanta 69

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 25 points and
added six rebounds to lead Houston over Atlanta, 92-69, at the Toyota Center.
Yao Ming tallied 23 points and eight boards for the Rockets, who bounced back
from their worst loss of the season. Houston began a six-game homestand with
three straight wins over Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Antonio, but
dropped a 102-78 contest against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Al
Harrington netted 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Hawks, who
dropped their third straight outing. Atlanta is 2-8 on the road and will
return home to host Portland on Friday.

Final Score: San Antonio 94, Orlando 91

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 24 points and pulled down
14 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a come-from-behind, 94-91 victory
over the Orlando Magic at the SBC Center. Manu Ginobili netted 17 points,
including 11 in the fourth quarter, for the Spurs, who outscored the Magic
28-15 in the final 12 minutes. Tony Parker collected 13 points and six
boards in the win, despite playing with a sore groin. Malik Rose had 12
points and seven rebounds for San Antonio, which has won two in a row and 10
of its last 12 contests. Cuttino Mobley paced Orlando with 21 points.
Steve Francis chipped in 20 points and nine assists for the Magic, who have
dropped three straight. Grant Hill netted 18 points in the loss.

Final Score: Phoenix 108, Utah 86

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson scored a season-high 30 points to
lead Phoenix over Utah, 108-86, at America West Arena. Amare Stoudemire
added 19 points and Shawn Marion posted 16 points and 13 rebounds for the
Suns, who won their sixth straight game. Phoenix is 19-3, which is not only
the best record in the league this year, but also the best start in franchise
history. Carlos Boozer netted 19 points and grabbed 11 boards for the Jazz,
who fell for the eighth time in 10 outings.