Monday , Dec , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tim Thomas scored a season-high 20 points to
lead New York over Charlotte, 91-82, at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston
had 16 points and five assists for the Knicks, who stopped a
brief two-game slide. Stephon Marbury delivered 14 points, eight boards
and six assists in the win. Emeka Okafor netted 23 points and grabbed 15
rebounds for the expansion Bobcats, who fell to 1-11 on the road.

Final Score: Cleveland 100, New Orleans 91

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 22 points and came one
rebound shy of his first career triple double as the Cleveland Cavaliers
fought off the pesky New Orleans Hornets, 100-91. James added nine rebounds
and a career-high 14 assists for the Cavaliers, who ended the game with a
19-4 run to capture a much-needed win. Cleveland had lost three of four
coming into this one, but improved to 11-2 at Gund Arena.

Final Score: Milwaukee 99, Chicago 92

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored a season-best 39 points
and Milwaukee staved off Chicago’s second-half comeback attempt to post a
99-92 triumph at the Bradley Center. Joe Smith compiled 21 points and nine
rebounds while Desmond Mason added 13 points to help the Bucks put an end to a
five-game slide. Ben Gordon finished with 19 points and Kirk Hinrich
contributed 18 along with six assists for the Bulls, who had won five in
a row coming in. Eddy Curry chipped in 15 points in the loss, but just three
came after halftime. Chicago has now lost 13 straight in Milwaukee, with
their last victory coming on March 29, 1998.

Final Score: San Antonio 107, Boston 90

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored a season-high 27 points
to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Boston Celtics, 107-90, at the SBC
Center. Parker also collected six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Devin Brown contributed 17 points and six boards for San Antonio, which has
won two in a row and 14 of its last 17 contests. Bruce Bowen added 15 points
and Tim Duncan chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who
defeated the Celtics for the 15th consecutive time. Duncan appeared to
suffer a thumb injury late in the fourth quarter. Ricky Davis paced Boston
with 21 points. Paul Pierce had 16 points for the Celtics, who have lost 14
straight at San Antonio.

Final Score: Minnesota 109, Washington 74

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett ended with 18 points, 12
rebounds and eight assists and sparked a key third quarter run that helped the
Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-74 rout of the Washington Wizards at the
Target Center. Wally Szczerbiak recorded a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds
and six assists for the Timberwolves, who ended a two-game slide and won
for only the third time in seven outings. Sam Cassell shot 9-of-11 from the
field on his way to a 22-point night. Gilbert Arenas had 21 points for the
Wizards, who have dropped two straight and five of seven. Larry Hughes
tallied 13 points and Antawn Jamison was held to a season-low eight points as
Washington ended a five-game road trip 2-3.

Final Score: Phoenix 106, Toronto 94

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in 33 points and
pulled down six rebounds to power the Phoenix Suns past the Toronto Raptors,
106-94, at America West Arena. Shawn Marion, Steve Nash and Quentin
Richardson each netted 18 points for the Suns (24-3), who continue to
improve on their best start in franchise history. Phoenix has won 11 in a row
and 20 of its last 21 contests. Marion also grabbed 18 boards, while Nash
handed out 13 assists. Jalen Rose paced Toronto with 19 points. Chris Bosh
had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have dropped 10 of
their last 13 contests. Lamond Murray finished with 14 points in the loss.

Final Score: Houston 96, LA Clippers 79

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady had 21 points, seven rebounds
and nine assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 96-79 conquest of the Los
Angeles Clippers. Jim Jackson netted 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from
three-point range for the Rockets, who have won seven of their last 10 games.
Yao Ming finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Corey
Maggette led the way for the Clippers with 23 points. Chris Wilcox and
Elton Brand each chipped in with 11 points for Los Angeles, which has lost six
of its last seven tilts.

Final Score: Dallas 102, Denver 88

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 36 points and pulled
down eight rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Denver Nuggets,
102-88, at the Pepsi Center. Michael Finley collected 20 points and eight
boards for Dallas, which has won eight of its last 12 contests. Erick
Dampier chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks. Andre
Miller paced Denver with 18 points and eight assists. Earl Boykins
netted 16 points for the Nuggets, who suffered their fifth consecutive
setback.

Final Score: Golden State 98, Sacramento 94

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored all of his 26 points
in the second half, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 98-94 win over the
Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena. Richardson scored 15 points in the third
quarter and 11 in fourth, while nailing a number of key shots down the
stretch, as Golden State won in Sacramento for the first time since March 9,
1998. The Warriors had dropped 11 straight and 20-of-21 coming into the
contest at Sacramento. Troy Murphy added 19 points and 13 rebounds for
Golden State, which has won two in a row after losing four straight.