Monday , Dec , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Morris Peterson converted 4-of-4 three-pointers
and scored a season-high 20 points to lead Toronto to a 110-99 win over New
Jersey at the Air Canada Centre. Lamond Murray contributed 18 points off the
bench for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing streak in the series
and won for the second time in their last 10 contests overall. Jalen Rose
finished with 17 points for Toronto, which drained 14-of-23 three- point
shots. Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 38 points for the Nets, who
suffered their third straight loss. Nenad Krstic posted 15 points in the loss.

Final Score: New York 94, Utah 93

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford poured in a game-high 24
points, while Stephon Marbury added 19 points with 12 assists, as New York
held off Utah, 94-93, at historic Madison Square Garden. Mike Sweetney ended
with 13 points off the bench and Tim Thomas chipped in 12 points for New
York, which has won two straight and four of five. Allan Houston added 10
points, while Kurt Thomas grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who
converted 24-of-27 from the line. Matt Harpring paced the Jazz with 21
points. Raja Bell netted 20 points and Carlos Boozer contributed 19 for Utah,
which has dropped three in a row, four of five and 10 of 12 overall.
Mehmet Okur finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

Final Score: Miami 117, Orlando 107

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal poured in a team-high 27 points,
Eddie Jones added 25 and Miami won its eighth straight with a 117-107
triumph over Orlando at American Airlines Arena. Dwyane Wade added 22
points, including 10-of-11 from the line for the Heat, who shot 8-of-17 from
beyond the arc. Udonis Haslem, Keyon Dooling and Christian Laettner each
posted 10 points in the win. Steve Francis paced the Magic with a game-
high 32 points. Cuttino Mobley added 22 and Grant Hill chipped in 20
points for Orlando, which has dropped four of five.

Final Score: Sacramento 107, New Orleans 71

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored 21 points to lead
five Kings in double figures, as Sacramento throttled the New Orleans Hornets,
107-71. Brad Miller had 17 points on six-of-nine shooting for the Kings, who
shot 52 percent from the field en route to the easy victory. Miller added nine
rebounds and six assists. Mike Bibby chipped in with 16 points and five
helpers, Bobby Jackson had 14 points off the bench, and Darius Songaila added
13 in the win. The Kings have won four straight, eight of nine and 12 of the
last 14 meetings in this series. Sacramento has won eight consecutive home
contests in the set. Dan Dickau and P.J. Brown each had 14 points for the
Hornets, who have lost two straight games and 21 of 23 to start the season.

Final Score: Memphis 92, LA Clippers 82

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol scored 20 points and pulled down
eight rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 92-82 victory over the Los
Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Jason Williams chipped in 17 points and
seven assists for Memphis, which has won two in a row. Mike Miller netted 14
points and Lorenzen Wright collected 12 points and six boards for the
Grizzlies. Corey Maggette paced the Clippers with 22 points. Elton Brand
contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds and Bobby Simmons finished with 14
points and seven boards for Los Angeles, which has dropped five straight.