Thursday , Dec , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored the game-winning
basket with 7/10ths of a second left as he finished with 32 points and
six assists to lead Detroit over Washington, 107-105, at the MCI Center.
Rasheed Wallace added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who won
their third straight game. Gilbert Arenas netted 34 points and Larry Hughes
scored 30 along with seven assists and six steals for the Wizards, who have
dropped three of their last five.

Final Score: Indiana 74, Charlotte 71

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 24 points and grabbed
17 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 74-71 win over Charlotte. Jamaal Tinsley
added 14 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who have won two straight
contests following a three-game slide. Emeka Okafor posted his 17th
straight double-double with 16 points and 15 boards for the Bobcats, who
have dropped three straight games. Melvin Ely added 14 points and 11
rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Milwaukee 111, Orlando 105

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 29 points on 12-of-19
shooting to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Orlando Magic, 111-105, at TD
Waterhouse Centre. Desmond Mason netted 21 points and Maurice Williams
added 16 for Milwaukee, which has won three in a row. Dan Gadzuric
contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds, both season-highs, for the Bucks.
Grant Hill paced the Magic with 26 points to go along with seven boards and
five assists. Steve Francis collected 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists
for Orlando, which has dropped two straight and six of its last eight
contests.

Final Score: Houston 98, Cleveland 87

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in 34 points with seven
rebounds and five assists, and Houston snapped its five-game road losing
streak with a 98-87 victory over Cleveland at Gund Arena. Yao Ming added 20
points and seven boards for the Rockets, who rebounded from an embarrassing
115-87 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night to win for the third time in five
games. Drew Gooden scored 21 points with 12 rebounds to lead the
Cavaliers, who played the entire second half without star guard LeBron James.
James left the game late in the first half with a peri-orbital contusion to
the left side of his face, which he suffered in a collision with Houston
center Dikembe Mutombo. James, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on
Thursday, is expected to undergo further evaluation.

Final Score: New York 100, Minnesota 87

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury poured in a game-high 32
points with 11 assists as New York used a decisive fourth-quarter run to put
away Minnesota, 100-87, at historic Madison Square Garden. Nazr Mohammed
collected 19 points with nine boards, while Kurt Thomas added 14 points for
New York, which has won three straight after a two-game slide and seven of 10
overall. Tim Thomas chipped in 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 54 percent
from the floor in the win. Latrell Sprewell paced Minnesota with 22 points.
Sam Cassell added 20, while Kevin Garnett contributed 17 points with 13
boards for the Timberwolves, who have dropped three of four.

Final Score: Memphis 117, Boston 109

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol scored 24 points and grabbed 11
rebounds to lead Memphis over Boston, 117-109, at FedExForum. Bonzi Wells
added 18 points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies, who have won
back-to-back games on the heels of a two-game slide. Raef LaFrentz netted a
game-high 28 points for the Celtics, who dropped their third in a row. Paul
Pierce totaled 18 points and seven assists in the losing effort.

Final Score: Phoenix 107, New Orleans 96

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Quentin Richardson set a franchise record
with nine three-pointers, scoring 31 points overall to lead Phoenix over New
Orleans, 107-96, at New Orleans Arena. Richardson ended 11-of-23 overall and
9-of-16 from three-point territory for the Suns, who got back on track
after having their 11-game winning streak snapped by San Antonio on Tuesday
night. Steve Nash added 22 points and nine assists for the Suns, and Amare
Stoudemire scored 15 with five rebounds. Richardson finished with a game-high
11 boards. Smith scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Hornets, while
P.J. Brown and Baron Davis added 18 apiece.

Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Utah 90

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 23 points and grabbed
10 rebounds to lead the LA Clippers over Utah, 101-90, in a contest between
two struggling Western Conference teams at the Staples Center. Bobby Simmons
and Corey Maggette each added 22 points for the Clippers, who won for just
the second time in nine games. It was just the third win for the Clippers in
the last 24 matchups with Utah. Carlos Boozer netted 23 points and hauled
down eight boards for the Jazz, who suffered their sixth defeat in seven
outings.

Final Score: Golden State 111, Toronto 105

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Dunleavy’s acrobatic basket in the lane
with 19 seconds left helped lift Golden State over Toronto, 111-105, at The
Arena in Oakland. Dunleavy poured in 29 points, while Jason Richardson
netted a season-high 35 points for Golden State, which has won four straight.
Derek Fisher and Troy Murphy each added 17 points in the win. Jalen
Rose paced the Raptors with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Rafer Alston added
16 while Rafael Araujo and Donyell Marshall each chipped in with 13 apiece
in a losing cause as the Raptors fell for the third straight time.