NBA news – Yesterday’s Game Recap
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-winning jumper with :00.1 remaining to give Chicago a dramatic 88-86 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Luol Deng had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich racked up 14 points, 13 boards and eight assists as the red-hot Bulls recorded their seventh straight win. Chicago, which rallied from an eight-point deficit with 3 1/2 minutes left, is on its longest winning streak since reeling off 13 in a row during the 1997-98 campaign. Stephon Marbury delivered 25 points for the Knicks, who suffered their second close defeat to the Bulls in three days.
Final Score: Milwaukee 99, Charlotte 92
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored a game-high 27 points as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 99-92 victory over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats at the Charlotte Coliseum. After hitting just one of his first eight attempts, Redd finished 8-of-20 from the field and had 21 points in the second half for Milwaukee, which has still lost seven of its last 11 overall. The All-Star guard has now scored in double-digits in 14 straight contests for the Bucks, who improved to 4-15 on the road this season. Charlotte, which has lost five consecutive games, was led by Emeka Okafor, who netted 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Final Score: Philadelphia 95, New Orleans 91
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-91 win over the hapless New Orleans Hornets, in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at the Wachovia Center. Kenny Thomas added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers, who won for just the second time in their last six tries. Lee Nailon scored 23 points and grabbed nine boards for the Hornets, who overcame a big fourth quarter deficit, but lost their third game in four tries and fell to an NBA worst 5-32.
Final Score: New Jersey 85, Atlanta 84
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd and Vince Carter each scored 23 points as New Jersey held off Atlanta, 85-84, at Philips Arena. Kidd netted 19 of his points in the second half to help the Nets snap a four- game losing streak, while Carter added seven rebounds and six assists in the win. Nenad Krstic finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which never trailed at any point but nearly coughed up a nine-point lead in the final minutes. Al Harrington topped the Hawks with 22 points and Tyronn Lue had 17 along with 10 assists for the Hawks, who had won two of three coming in.
Final Score: Detroit 94, Phoenix 80
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 26 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out five assists to power the Detroit Pistons past the Phoenix Suns, 94-80, at The Palace. Richard Hamilton netted 16 points and Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace each contributed 13 points and eight boards for the Pistons, who have won six in a row and 11 of their last 13 contests. Joe Johnson had 17 points to pace Phoenix, which has dropped four straight after winning 18-of-19. Amare Stoudemire chipped in 16 points and nine boards for the Suns, who played without guard Steve Nash for the second straight game. Nash is bothered by a bruised left thigh.
Final Score: Sacramento 89, LA Clippers 83
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Webber scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to an 89-83 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Cuttino Mobley added 19 points, including a crucial three-pointer late in the game, for the Kings, who won for the fourth straight time and fifth time in their last six tries. Elton Brand scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a losing cause for the Clippers, who have lost two straight and four of their last six.
Final Score: San Antonio 101, Washington 73
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker collected 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs pounded the Washington Wizards, 101-73, at the SBC Center. Devin Brown had a team-high 24 points for the Spurs, who rebounded from Saturday’s loss to Houston to pick up their third win in four games. Brent Barry was 5-for-5 from three-point range and ended with 17 points, as San Antonio made 12-of-16 tries from beyond the arc. Tim Duncan added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Jarvis Hayes netted a season-high 27 points for the Wizards, who had their season-best winning streak halted at seven games.
Final Score: Toronto 100, Minnesota 91
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Donyell Marshall sank 6-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and finished with 22 points to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-91, at the Target Center. Chris Bosh collected 19 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which won for the first time in nine all-time trips to Minnesota. Rafer Alston contributed 18 points and a career-high 15 assists and Jalen Rose added 16 points for the Raptors, who have won two in a row and six of their last eight contests. Wally Szczerbiak paced the Timberwolves with 25 points. Kevin Garnett chipped in 20 points and 14 boards for Minnesota, which has dropped eight of its last 11 games.
Final Score: Memphis 99, Houston 80
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Stromile Swift scored 18 points and Jason Williams added 16 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 99-80 victory over the Houston Rockets at FedEx Forum. Pau Gasol contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Tracy McGrady scored a game-high 28 points for the Rockets, who had their four- game winning streak halted. David Wesley finished with 13 points and was the only other Rocket in double figures.
Final Score: Utah 102, LA Lakers 94
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Utah to a 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Carlos Boozer added 18 points for the Jazz, who put an end to their two-game losing streak. Raja Bell netted 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Gordan Giricek contributed 15 in the win. Caron Butler poured in a game-high 26 points and Chucky Atkins scored 18 for the Lakers, who had their two-game winning streak halted. Lamar Odom had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback.
Final Score: Golden State 107, Denver 97
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson returned after a nine-game absence and scored a career-high 42 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 107-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Richardson, who was out with a sprained ankle, also matched his career-high with eight assists. Troy Murphy had 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors, who lost all nine games with Richardson out of the lineup. Speedy Claxton contributed to the win with 18 points and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points to lead Denver, which has lost seven of its last eight games. DerMarr Johnson had a season-high 22 points in the loss.