Friday , Jan , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Bob Sura poured in a career-high 35 points,
Tracy McGrady added 18 and Houston held off New Jersey in overtime, 94-85, at
the Toyota Center. Sura ended 11-of-16 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from
beyond the arc for Houston, which has won three straight. Juwan Howard added
12 points, while Yao Ming struggled on the night, finishing with six points on
2-of-9 shooting. Vince Carter paced the Nets with 17 points. Nenad Krstic
collected 15 points with 10 rebounds for New Jersey, which has dropped three
straight. Jason Kidd added 16 points, 10 boards and nine assists, while Rodney
Buford netted 14 off the bench in the loss.

Final Score: Sacramento 107, Utah 93

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 27
points, Chris Webber added 23 with 15 rebounds, and Sacramento rolled to a
107-93 victory over Utah at ARCO Arena. Brad Miller collected 21 points, nine
rebounds and four blocks in the win, Sacramento’s sixth in eight games. The
Kings improved to 2-0 since trading guard Doug Christie to the Orlando Magic
on Monday in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley. Mobley and
Bradley haven’t played in either game. Sacramento guard Mike Bibby missed the
game with a sprained right ankle he suffered during Tuesday’s victory over the
Denver Nuggets. Matt Harpring scored 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the
Jazz, who entered the game riding a two-game winning streak after suffering
through a nine-game slide.

Final Score: LA Lakers 98, Cleveland 94

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Lamar Odom recorded 24 points and Caron
Butler scored 21 to help counter the loss of an injured Kobe Bryant, as the
Los Angeles Lakers earned a 98-94 victory over Cleveland at the Staples
Center. Butler added 11 rebounds while Odom compiled eight boards and seven
assists as the Lakers earned their third win in four games despite playing
nearly the entire way without Bryant, who suffered a severely sprained ankle
midway through the first quarter and did not return. Bryant suffered the
injury after at the 5:39 mark of the opening period when he stepped awkwardly
on Cleveland’s Ira Newble after grabbing a rebound. The All-Star had to be
carried off the court and into the locker room. X-rays taken were negative and
an MRI on the ankle will be performed Friday to determine whether any ligament
damage has occurred. The loss, Cleveland’s first in five games, overshadowed a
tremendous performance by LeBron James. The second-year star nearly put
together a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine
assists.