Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor posted his 12th straight double-
double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bobcats scored all seven of
their overtime points from the foul line on the way to a 101-100 victory over
Houston at Charlotte Arena. The Bobcats have won two straight games for
the first time in franchise history, with both victories coming in overtime.
All of Okafor’s 12 consecutive double-doubles have been in points and
rebounds. Keith Bogans added 19 points for Charlotte, and Gerald Wallace had
15. Tracy McGrady scored 29 points to lead the Rockets, who had a two-game
win streak snapped.

Final Score: Orlando 117, Denver 95

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points and Dwight
Howard added 17 with nine rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 117-95
victory over Denver at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Steve Francis contributed 12
points and 11 assists for the Magic, who snapped a season-high three-game
losing streak. Grant Hill (16), Hedo Turkoglu (14) and Jameer Nelson (10)
also reached double figures in the victory. The Magic beat Denver at home for
the 12th consecutive time. DerMarr Johnson scored 18 points for Denver,
which concluded a season-high seven game road trip with a 3-4 mark. Kenyon
Martin had 16 points in the loss.

Final Score: Portland 75, Detroit 74

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Darius Miles made a free throw with just
five-tenths of a second left and finished with 13 points to lift Portland over
Detroit, 75-74, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Nick Van Exel added 14 points
and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won two in a row on the
heels of a two-game slide. Rasheed Wallace netted 17 points and grabbed 12
boards for the Pistons, who fell for the first time in three games.

Final Score: Boston 114, Cleveland 107 (OT)

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Gary Payton scored six points in the span of
a minute during overtime to lift the Boston Celtics to a hard-fought 114-107
victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena. Paul Pierce poured in a
game-high 34 points with seven rebounds and six assists for the Celtics,
who overcame a 16-point, third-quarter deficit on the way to their fourth
win in five games. Payton finished with 21 points, including a go-ahead
three-pointer in the extra session. The Cavaliers saw their nine-game home
win streak come to a close despite getting 31 points from LeBron James, who
fouled out for the first time in his career after tallying four points in
overtime. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 21 points while Drew Gooden collected 17
points and 16 boards in the loss.

Final Score: Chicago 85, Indiana 71

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored a team-high 23 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds, as Chicago defeated Indiana 85-71 at the United Center.
Kirk Hinrich shot 3-of-7 from three-point range and finished with 19 points,
while Luol Deng netted 13 for the Bulls, who have won three straight for the
first time in two years. Jamaal Tinsley paced Indiana with a game-high 33
points. Tinsley ended 11-of-31 from the field and 10-of-15 from the line. Jeff
Foster added 12 with 18 rebounds for Indiana, which had its brief two-game
winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Philadelphia 116, Milwaukee 97

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored a season-high 54 points,
four shy of his career best, to lead Philadelphia to a 116-97 victory over
Milwaukee at the Bradley Center. Iverson shot 17-of-29 overall and 4-of-7 from
three-point territory, scoring 33 of his 54 in the first half alone. He also
reached 15,000 career points with a jumper midway through the second quarter.
Andre Iguodala added 18 points in the win and Corliss Williamson scored 15 for
the Sixers, who have won four of their last five games. Michael Redd scored
29 points to lead the Bucks, who have dropped four straight. Desmond Mason
added 14 points in the loss.

Final Score: San Antonio 104, Golden State 85

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili each scored
21 points to lead San Antonio to a 104-85 win over Golden State at the SBC
Center. Ginobili added seven rebounds and six assists, while Parker dished out
nine assists for the Spurs, who posted their fourth straight victory. Tim
Duncan contributed 12 points and seven boards despite foul trouble. Jason
Richardson finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who
suffered their third straight defeat. Troy Murphy notched 17 points and eight
rebounds.

Final Score: Dallas 90, Atlanta 68

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points with 12 rebounds,
Josh Howard added 13 as Dallas routed Atlanta, 90-68, at AmercianAirlines
Center. Jason Terry scored 12 and Erick Dampier chipped in with 10 to go
along with 13 boards for Dallas, which has won four of six. Marquis Daniels
contributed 11 points off the bench as Dallas shot 34-of-83 from the floor in
the rout. Antoine Walker netted 13 against his old team on 6-of-15 shooting
for Atlanta, which has dropped five straight and 15 of its last 17
overall. Walker also grabbed a team-high 11 boards in the loss.

Final Score: Phoenix 110, Washington 96

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion scored 36 points, grabbed 14
rebounds and recorded six steals to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 110-96 win over
the Washington Wizards at America West Arena. Quentin Richardson added 19
points and Steve Nash finished with 13 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who
won their eighth in a row and picked up their NBA-best 21st victory of the
year. Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the
Wizards, who have dropped three of their last four. Larry Hughes and Gilbert
Arenas each netted 19 points in the loss.