Thursday , Jan , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Morris Peterson scored a career-high 37 points
to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 104-93 victory over the Boston Celtics at the
Air Canada Centre. Chris Bosh added a career-best 26 points with 11 rebounds.
Peterson finished 12-of-22, including 7-of-14 from three-point range, and 6-
of-6 from the free throw line. He also had six assists. Rafer Alston
contributed 10 points for the Raptors, who finished a five-game homestand
with their fourth win. Toronto shot 14-of-29 from three-point range. Paul
Pierce led the Celtics with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Davis came off
the bench to score 22 points for Boston, which has lost three of its last four
games overall and seven straight on the road.

Final Score: Washington 104, Portland 100

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes each scored
26 points to lead Washington to a 104-100 win over Portland at the MCI Center.
Arenas’ bucket with 24 seconds left gave his club the lead and his steal and
dunk on the ensuing inbounds pass extended the Wizards’ lead, as Washington is
seven games over .500 (20-13) for the first time in 20 years (January 30,
1985). Hughes also had nine assists and six steals for the Wizards, who
ended a five-game homestand undefeated to post their first five-game
winning streak since January 31-February 7, 2002. Brendan Haywood tallied 13
points and nine rebounds, while Antawn Jamison had 11 points and six boards
for Washington, which won despite blowing a 13-point lead. Damon Stoudamire
had 23 points and 11 assists to lead Portland, which has lost five of six.
Nick Van Exel had 19 points for the Trail Blazers, who have also dropped
eight of 11. Ruben Patterson tallied 17 points and seven boards, as Portland
fell to 1-2 on its current six-game road trip.

Final Score: Detroit 90, New Orleans 76

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Richard
Hamilton added 20 with a season-high 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons
rolled to a 90-76 victory over New Orleans at The Palace. Ben Wallace
collected 11 points, a season-best 19 rebounds and four blocks in the win,
Detroit’s third in a row. Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 points and Rasheed
Wallace scored 10. Baron Davis led the way for New Orleans with 16 points,
eight rebounds and six assists. Lee Nailon also scored 16 for the Hornets,
who were trying for a season-high three-game win streak.

Final Score: Orlando 87, Minnesota 80

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 26 points and grabbed
six rebounds in his first start of the season, as the Orlando Magic held off
the Minnesota Timberwolves 87-80 at the Target Center. Grant Hill tallied 20
points and Steve Francis added 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for
the Magic, who have won four of five overall and ended a seven-game road
losing streak. Orlando was playing without newly acquired guard Doug Christie,
who has yet to join the team after being traded from Sacramento on Monday
in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley. Kevin Garnett had 19
points, matched a career-high with 25 rebounds and dished out eight assists
for Minnesota, which continues its downward spiral. Wally Szczerbiak had 14
points for the slumping Timberwolves, who have dropped three straight and 10
of 13.

Final Score: Chicago 110, Philadelphia 78

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 19 of his career-high-tying
31 points in the fourth quarter, as the surging Chicago Bulls rolled to a
110-78 rout of Philadelphia at the United Center. Gordon had just five points
in 13 minutes before halftime, but he was 8-of-11 in 12 minutes after the
break, including 4-of-6 from three-point territory. He scored 17 during
Chicago’s 22-5 run to open the fourth quarter. Eddy Curry added 24 points
for the Bulls, who have put together their second five-game winning streak
of the season. Kirk Hinrich collected 16 points and a game-high nine assists
in the win. Allen Iverson scored 21 points with eight assists to lead the
76ers, who have dropped three straight. Marc Jackson added 17 points and
Corliss Williamson scored 14 in defeat.

Final Score: San Antonio 94, Milwaukee 79

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 21 points and pulled down
nine rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 94-79 victory over the
Milwaukee Bucks at the SBC Center. Tony Parker added 20 points with eight
assists for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili had 15 points for San Antonio, which has
won nine of its last 11 games. The Spurs improved to 18-1 at home this season
and 31-1 since their last regular-season home loss in March of 2004. Michael
Redd scored 24 points for the Bucks, who lost for just the second time in five
games. Marcus Fizer contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a losing
effort.

Final Score: Houston 124, Dallas 114

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady finished with 30 points and Juwan
Howard scored a season-high 29 to lead the Houston Rockets to a surprising
124-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in an as-advertised offensive
battle. McGrady shot 12-of-19 from the field and was deadly from three-
point land, hitting 6-of-8 shots. He also dished out a game-high 11 assists.
David Wesley had his best game as a Rocket with 21 points, while Yao Ming
had 20. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting
and was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Jerry Stackhouse had 26 points off
the bench, Jason Terry netted 21 and Michael Finley had 14 for Dallas, which
had won five in a row coming in.

Final Score: Denver 95, LA Lakers 83

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Kenyon Martin had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony
scored 17 to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 95-83 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers at the Pepsi Center. Andre Miller added 15 points and seven assists
for the Nuggets, who ended a five-game losing streak. Nene tallied 10
points off the bench for Denver, which won for only the second time in 13
contests. Caron Butler scored 18 points to lead the Lakers, who had a
two-game win streak halted. Kobe Bryant had only 16 points on 5-of-14
shooting, including 2-of-8 from three, as Los Angeles had a four-game win
streak against the Nuggets come to an end.

Final Score: Utah 115, Phoenix 108

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur racked up 21 points and a
season-best 17 rebounds to lead a spectacular Utah bench effort as the Jazz
ended Phoenix’s seven-game win streak with a 115-108 victory at the Delta
Center. Fellow reserve Raja Bell contributed 19 points on 9-of-11
shooting as the Jazz’s reserves outscored the Suns’ subs by a whopping
67-6 margin. Matt Harpring paced the starters with 18 points, while Keith
McLeod tied a career-high with 11 assists for Utah, which has won two
straight following a nine-game slide. Quentin Richardson scored 24 points
and Steve Nash compiled 22 along with 11 assists for Phoenix, which fell for
just the second time in 20 games. Shawn Marion finished with 20 points in the
loss.

Final Score: LA Clippers 103, Seattle 92

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored 31 points and ripped
down 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 103-92 victory over the
Seattle SuperSonics at Staples Center. Elton Brand added 19 and Bobby
Simmons contributed 18 for the Clippers, who avenged a 104-99 loss to the
Sonics in Seattle on Tuesday. Darrick Martin scored eight points in the
fourth quarter, including several key buckets down the stretch to help Los
Angeles escape with the win. Los Angeles has won four of its last six games.
Ray Allen led the Sonics with 22 points and eight assists. Luke Ridnour had 14
for Seattle, which has lost three of its last five.

Final Score: Miami 98, Golden State 91

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Udonis Haslem poured in a career-high 22 points
and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat over the Golden State Warriors,
98-91. Shaquille O’Neal chipped in 26 points and pulled down 12 boards for
the Heat, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Eddie Jones was the only
other Miami player in double figures, finishing with 13. Troy Murphy paced
the Warriors with 22 points and matched a season-high with 17 rebounds.
Golden State has now lost its seventh straight contest of the year.