Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 26 points and hit the go-
ahead free throw in the final minute, as the Boston Celtics defeated the
Washington Wizards, 108-103, at FleetCenter. Gary Payton collected 18 points
and six rebounds for Boston, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Ricky
Davis netted 15 points and Raef LaFrentz chipped in 12 points and six boards
for the Celtics. Larry Hughes poured in 33 points, pulled down six rebounds
and handed out six assists for Washington, which has dropped four of its
last five contests. Antawn Jamison finished with 29 points and seven boards in
the loss.

Final Score: Seattle 103, Charlotte 97

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Vladimir
Radmanovic added 21 to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 103-97 victory over
Charlotte in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Ray Allen netted 18
points and Antonio Daniels scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter
for Seattle, which has won four of its last five games. Nick Collison added
10 points for the Sonics, who have won five straight road games. Emeka Okafor
posted his 18th straight double-double for Charlotte, which has lost four in
a row. The rookie finished with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Primoz Brezec contributed a season-high 22 points in the loss.

Final Score: Denver 97, Philadelphia 92

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Bryon Russell hit two foul shots in the final
minute to lift Denver to a 97-92 win over Philadelphia at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 24 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets,
who snapped a six-game losing streak in their debut under interim head coach
Michael Cooper. Cooper replaced Jeff Bzdelik, who was fired earlier this week.
DerMarr Johnson tied a season high with 18 points. Allen Iverson poured in a
game-high 29 points and registered eight assists for the 76ers, who had their
five-game road winning streak and three-game overall win streak snapped. Kyle
Korver scored 13 points, pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, made four
steals and tied a career-high with three blocks.

Final Score: Sacramento 109, Utah 102

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 26
points and Chris Webber added 25 to lead Sacramento to a 109-102 victory over
Utah at the Delta Center. Mike Bibby finished with 17 points and nine
assists while Brad Miller racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings
dominated the second half to snap a two-game losing streak. Carlos Boozer
compiled 25 points and 10 boards for the Jazz, who have dropped four in a row
and seven of eight. Keith McLeod and Matt Harpring also notched double-doubles
in the loss, with McLeod recording 14 points and a career-high 11 assists and
Harpring registering 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Final Score: San Antonio 98, LA Clippers 79

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan posted 23 points and eight
rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 98-79 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at
the Staples Center. Tony Parker scored 21 points and dished out 11 assists for
the Spurs, who have won five straight and 10 of 11 overall as well as
four consecutive in the series. Corey Maggette finished with 17 points and
10 rebounds and for the Clippers, who have lost eight of their last 10
games. Rick Brunson delivered 17 points and eight assists.

Final Score: Houston 105, Milwaukee 90

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 42 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-90 win over the
Milwaukee Bucks at the Toyota Center. McGrady shot 13-of-24 from the field
and 13-of-16 from the foul line for the Rockets, who have won two straight
and three of four. Maurice Taylor added 16 points for Houston, which played
without starting center Yao Ming for the first time in his NBA career. Michael
Redd had 21 points for the Bucks, who had a three-game win streak halted.
Mike James added 17 points and seven assists off the bench as the Bucks
have dropped three of four to the Rockets and five in a row in Houston.