Thursday , Dec , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Walter McCarty and Marcus Banks each came off
the bench and sparked a key fourth-quarter run to lift the Boston Celtics over
the New York Knicks, 114-109, at the FleetCenter. Mark Blount scored a team-
high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds for Boston, which has won three of
four and drew within one-half game of the Knicks for the lead in the weak
Atlantic Division. Nazr Mohammed recorded a double-double with 22 points and
18 boards for the Knicks, who have dropped two straight to fall back to the
.500 mark this season (13-13).

Final Score: Toronto 98, Utah 86

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Donyell Marshall came off the bench to post 22
points and eight rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held on for a 98-86 victory
over the Utah Jazz at Air Canada Center. Chris Bosh added 18 points with eight
boards for Toronto, which won its third straight home game. The Raptors’ third
consecutive win over Utah gave them their first-ever season sweep of the Jazz.
In a move to boost his team’s work ethic, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell pulled
Jalen Rose from the starting lineup and inserted the newly acquired Eric
Williams. Rose provided a spark off the bench with all 12 of his points in the
first half as Raptors opened up an early 15-point advantage. Carlos Boozer
recorded a game-high 29 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Jazz, losers in
eight of their last nine contests on the road.

Final Score: Orlando 93, San Antonio 87

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis collected 29 points, seven
rebounds and six assists to lead the Orlando Magic past the San Antonio Spurs,
93-87, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Hedo Turkoglu netted 16 points and Grant Hill
added 13 for Orlando, which halted a seven-game losing streak against San
Antonio. Cuttino Mobley contributed 11 points and five assists in the win. Tim
Duncan paced the Spurs with 24 points. Tony Parker finished with 18 points,
seven boards and five assists for San Antonio, which had a four-game winning
streak snapped. Manu Ginobili chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds in the
loss.

Final Score: Philadelphia 102, Indiana 90

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 10 of his game-high
40 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 102-90
win over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Iverson has been on a tear
as of late, racking up 54 points in a win over Milwaukee on Saturday and 51
points in a loss to Utah on Monday. The speedy guard was 12-of-23 shooting and
made 14-of-16 free throws for the Sixers, who have won four of their last six
games. Reggie Miller paced five Indiana players in double figures with 30
points on 10-of-15 shooting. Jeff Foster had 18 points and a game-high 12
rebounds for the Pacers, losers of two straight and nine of their last 11.
Jamaal Tinsley had 17 points, while Austin Croshere and Freddie Jones both
netted 10.

Final Score: New Jersey 92, Cleveland 90

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson capped a career-high
42-point performance with an alley-oop basket with less than a second
remaining to give New Jersey a 92-90 win over Cleveland at Continental
Airlines Arena. Rodney Buford finished with a career-high 22 points, seven
boards and four assists for the Nets, who have won two straight. Jefferson
added Seven assists and six rebounds. LeBron James delivered 23 points, nine
assists and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost five of their last
eight games. Jeff McInnis posted 17 points. Drew Gooden and Ira Newble both
chipped in with 14 points.

Final Score: Atlanta 113, Dallas 100

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Antoine Walker delivered 25 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds as Atlanta halted a five-game slide with a 113-100 victory
over Dallas at Philips Arena. Five other Hawk players scored in double-figures
and Atlanta shot a sound 54 percent (46-of-86) from the field to post only its
third win in 14 home outings this season. Al Harrington compiled 17 points, 10
rebounds and seven assists, while rookie Josh Childress tied a career-high
with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Jason Terry
all finished with 23 points for the Mavericks, who had won five in a row.

Final Score: Chicago 89, Detroit 82

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon had 19 points and Andres
Nocioni added 18 to lead Chicago to an 89-82 win over Detroit at The Palace of
Auburn Hills. Tyson Chandler chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds for the
Bulls, who have won five straight games and are on their longest winning
streak since reeling off 13 straight during the end of the Michael Jordan era
in 1998. Chauncey Billups poured in a game-high 32 points and also handed out
seven assists for the Pistons, who have dropped two straight following a two-
game winning streak.

Final Score: Portland 104, Milwaukee 95

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Nick Van Exel scored a game-high 26 points
to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-95, at the
Bradley Center. Zach Randolph had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers,
who have won three of their last four games overall and three in a row versus
the Bucks. Derek Anderson and Darius Miles both had 14 points in a winning
cause. Mike James paced the Bucks with 22 points, while Desmond Mason chipped
in 16. Milwaukee, losers of five straight, has dropped six of its last
seven home games.

Final Score: Charlotte 90, Houston 87

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor scored 21 points and pulled down
11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats past the Houston Rockets, 90-87, at
the Toyota Center. Jason Kapono netted 16 points for the Bobcats, who notched
their first road win in franchise history after 10 defeats to start the
season. Primoz Brezec and Jason Hart each added 14 points for Charlotte. Tracy
McGrady collected 25 points, nine boards, six assists and five steals for the
Rockets, who also lost to the expansion Bobcats on Saturday. Yao Ming finished
with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Houston. However, he turned the ball over
10 times. Bob Sura had 17 points and Jim Jackson added 15 in the loss.

Final Score: Golden State 109, Memphis 99

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 24 points, Speedy
Claxton added 22, and Golden State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit for a
109-99 victory over Memphis at the Arena. Troy Murphy collected 19 points and
13 rebounds for the Warriors, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Their win
was due, in part, to an eight-shot advantage in three-pointers made. Golden
State was 11-of-21 from beyond the arc. Memphis was just 3-of-16. James Posey
scored 22 points with seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who had a three-
game win streak halted. Pau Gasol added 19 points in the loss, and Stromile
Swift had 18 in 25 minutes off the bench.

Final Score: Seattle 98, Denver 83

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 21 points and Ray Allen
added 20 as the Seattle SuperSonics led wire-to-wire in their 98-83 victory
over the Denver Nuggets at KeyArena. Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to
collect 19 points and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who were in danger of
losing their third game in four tries after opening the season with an
impressive 17-2 record. Andre Miller paced the Nuggets with 20 points and
seven assists. Kenyon Martin chipped in 18 points — all but two coming in the
third period — in Denver’s fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games. The
last three defeats have come without sophomore star Carmelo Anthony (sprained
ankle) in the lineup.

Final Score: LA Lakers 101, New Orleans 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chucky Atkins scored a season-high 30
points and Kobe Bryant recorded 22 of his 29 points in the second half as the
Los Angeles Lakers downed New Orleans, 101-89, at the Staples Center. Chris
Mihm pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds to go along with 11 points for the
Lakers, who had lost two straight and three of four coming in. Lamar Odom also
notched a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 13 boards. David Wesley
registered 20 points and Lee Nailon added 18 for the Hornets, who lost for the
fourth consecutive time and fell to a dismal 2-24 on the season. P.J. Brown
compiled 14 points and 17 boards in defeat.