National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in a game-high 40 points
and added nine rebounds and seven assists to lead Cleveland over Atlanta,
111-102, at Philips Arena. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 points and eight boards
for the Cavaliers, who won their second straight game. Al Harrington posted
a season-high 31 points and added six rebounds and four helpers for the Hawks,
who suffered their seventh loss in eight outings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 115, Houston 87
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored a game-high 28 points,
Desmond Mason added 24, and Milwaukee rolled to a 115-87 victory over Houston
at the Bradley Center. Marcus Fizer chipped in a season-high 15 points in
29 minutes off the bench for Milwaukee, which has won two straight on the
heels of a five-game slide. The Bucks won consecutive games for the first
time since winning three straight to improve to 3-1 early in the
season. Tracy McGrady scored 20 points to lead the Rockets, losers in three
of their last five. Bob Sura added 19 points with 10 rebounds and seven
assists in the loss.
Final Score: New Jersey 84, Chicago 80
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 25 points to lead New
Jersey to an 84-80 win over Chicago at the United Center. Nenad Krstic scored
a career-high 17 points and Richard Jefferson also added 17 for New Jersey,
which has won three of its last four games. Kirk Hinrich scored 30 points
for the Bulls, who have dropped two straight following a five-game winning
streak. Ben Gordon added 19 and Eddy Curry chipped in 16 points and seven
rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: Dallas 113, Boston 94
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 of his 29 points in
the first half and finished with 11 rebounds to lead Dallas to a 113-94 win
over Boston at American Airlines Center. Michael Finley notched 21 points for
the Mavericks, who have won two straight and nine of their last 13 games.
Nowitzki delivered seven rebounds and four assists in the initial 24 minutes.
Paul Pierce and Jiri Welsch each posted a team-high 17 points for the Celtics,
who have dropped two straight and three of four. Raef LaFrentz added 16
points in the loss.
Final Score: San Antonio 115, Phoenix 94
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker delivered 29 points and Tim
Duncan finished with 16 along with 12 rebounds as San Antonio stopped
Phoenix’s 11-game win streak with a convincing 115-94 victory in a battle
between two Western Conference powers at the SBC Center. Parker made 14-of-20
shots from the field to lead the Spurs to their fourth straight win and 15th
in 18 games. Malik Rose contributed 15 points and six boards in 18 minutes off
the bench. Amare Stoudemire poured in 37 points for the Suns, who failed in
their attempt to set a club record for consecutive wins. Steve Nash finished
with 12 points but was held to just four assists.
Final Score: Philadelphia 114, Seattle 107
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson finished with 34 points, nine
rebounds and seven assists to lead Philadelphia to a 114-107 win over Seattle
at KeyArena. Willie Green contributed a season-high 20 points for the 76ers,
who have won five straight on the road and three straight overall. Kenny
Thomas chipped in with 15 points. Iverson, who has scored at least 20 points
in nine straight games, moved into third place on the Philadelphia’s all-time
assist list. Ray Allen notched 32 points and eight assists for the
SuperSonics, who have lost two of their last three. Luke Ridnour chipped in
with 16 points and nine assists.
Final Score: LA Lakers 117, Toronto 99
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant set a season high with 48
points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 117-99 win over the Toronto
Raptors, 117-99, at Staples Center. Bryant hit 14-of-26 shots from the field
and 16-of-18 foul shots for the Lakers, who closed out the 2004 calendar year
at 15-12. Caron Butler scored 18 points while Lamar Odom added 15 points and
13 rebounds Chucky Atkins contributed 14 points and seven assists in the
victory. Rafer Alston led the Raptors with 13 points and 11 assists.
Toronto has dropped 11 of its last 14 games overall. Eric Williams scored 12
points, while Chris Bosh added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.