Tuesday , Dec , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Larry Hughes scored 20 points to lead six
Wizards in double figures as Washington rolled to a 106-87 victory over
Charlotte at the MCI Center. Gilbert Arenas added 17 and Jared Jeffries and
Antawn Jamison each scored 15 for Washington, which has won seven of its
last nine home games. Brendan Haywood ended with 14 and Jarvis Hayes scored
12 in the win. Emeka Okafor posted his 16th straight double-double with
18 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort. Jason Hart had 12 points and
10 assists for the Bobcats, who fell to 1-12 on the road this season.

Final Score: New York 119, Orlando 111

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury scored 34 points and dished
out seven assists to lead the New York Knicks to a 119-111 win over the
Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre. Marbury, who had only 38 points total
in his previous three games, shot 13- of-21 for the Knicks, who never trailed
and held on for their second straight win. Allan Houston, Tim Thomas and
Jerome Williams added 15 points apiece for New York, which improved to two
games over .500 and remain atop the Atlantic Division standings. Steve
Francis recorded 25 points, seven boards and five assists for Orlando, which
has dropped five of seven. Cuttino Mobley added 24 points and Grant Hill had
17 for the Magic.

Final Score: Indiana 100, New Orleans 82

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Reggie Miller scored 24 points and
Jermaine O’Neal contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers
rolled to a 100-82 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Conseco Fieldhouse.
David Harrison collected 15 points and six boards for Indiana, which snapped a
three-game losing streak. Fred Jones ended with 11 points and six assists in
the win. Lee Nailon paced New Orleans with a career-high 28 points. Dan
Dickau had 14 points for the Hornets, who have dropped six in a row and 17 of
their last 18 contests.

Final Score: Miami 116, Atlanta 102

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal poured in 31 points and Dwyane
Wade added 29 along with nine assists as Miami established a franchise record
with its 12th consecutive victory, a 116-102 decision over Atlanta at
AmericanAirlines Arena. O’Neal made 10-of-14 field-goal attempts and finished
11-of-14 from the foul line for the Heat, who rallied from a six-point deficit
in the second half to record their 15th win in their last 16 meetings with the
Hawks at home. Antoine Walker netted 16 points for the Hawks but hit just 5-
of-18 shots from the field. Predrag Drobnjak and Tony Delk also had 16 points
in the loss, Atlanta’s sixth in seven games.

Final Score: Detroit 100, New Jersey 90 (OT)

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored five of his
season-high 37 points in overtime to lead the Detroit Pistons past the New
Jersey Nets, 100-90, at The Palace. Tayshaun Prince chipped in 18 points,
nine rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which has won two in a row
and seven of its last 11 contests. Chauncey Billups collected 13 points and
nine assists in the win. Richard Jefferson paced New Jersey with 27 points
to go along with seven boards. Vince Carter netted 23 points in his Nets
debut. After playing 39 minutes, he was forced to leave the contest with
2:13 remaining in overtime due to cramping in his left leg. Carter was
acquired from Toronto in a trade 10 days ago in exchange for center Alonzo
Mourning, forward Eric Williams, center/forward Aaron Williams and two
conditional first-round draft picks. However, Carter had been sidelined with a
strained left Achilles’ tendon.

Final Score: Memphis 96, LA Clippers 76

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol had 24 points and eight rebounds to
lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 96-76 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers at
FedExForum. Bonzi Wells added 18 points for the Grizzlies, who received
points from 11 of the 12 players that saw action but none others were
in double figures. Combined, Gasol and Wells shot 16-of-30 from the floor, as
the Grizzlies ended a two-game slide. Corey Maggette had 14 points to lead
the Clippers, who have dropped eight of their last nine.

Final Score: Seattle 98, Utah 88

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 22 points, Ray
Allen added 19 and Seattle used 13 straight points in the third quarter to
earn a 98-88 victory over Utah at the Delta Center. Luke Ridenour had 11
points and six assists for the Sonics, who rallied from an eight-point
deficit in the second half to win for the third time in four games. Matt
Harpring netted 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Carlos Boozer
compiled 16 points and 14 rebounds, for the slumping Jazz. Raja Bell also
finished with 16 points in Utah’s fifth defeat in its last six outings.

Final Score: Philadelphia 111, Portland 104

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 28 points and dished out
six assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 111-104 win over the Portland
Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Rookie Andre Iguodala added a career-high
22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists for the Sixers,
who have started a season-long eight game road trip with two straight
wins. Marc Jackson tallied 16 points and eight boards as Philadelphia has won
six of its last eight contests. Darius Miles had a season-high 28 points
and eight rebounds for Portland, which began a three-game homestand on a
losing note. Zach Randolph tallied 25 points and nine boards for the Blazers,
who are coming off a 3-3 six-game road trip and appeared tired down the
stretch.

Final Score: Golden State 104, Denver 101

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mickael Pietrus scored a career-high 24 points
and Troy Murphy racked up 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Golden State to a
104-101 comeback victory over Denver at the Arena in Oakland. Jason Richardson
had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who blew a 14-point second-
quarter lead before rallying in the final eight minutes. Derek Fisher chipped
in 15 points as Golden State put together its first three-game win streak of
the season. Andre Miller recorded 21 points and 14 assists for the
Nuggets, who played without injured stars Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin.
Nene added 19 points and Marcus Camby compiled 16 points and 12 boards in
Denver’s sixth straight defeat.