Thursday , Jan , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Al Jefferson had a career-high 17 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds, while Paul Pierce poured in 28 points, as Boston snapped
Chicago’s seven-game winning streak with a 92-83 victory at the FleetCenter.
Raef LaFrentz chipped in 13 points for the Celtics, who won for the third time
in four games. Gary Payton added 10 in the win. Eddy Curry paced the Bulls
with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich tallied 12 points
and dished out six assists in a losing effort. Chicago’s last defeat came
January 3 against Detroit.

Final Score: Toronto 98, New York 81

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose scored 20 of his game-high 24 points
in the fourth quarter to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 98-81 win over the New
York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre. Donyell Marshall added 17 points,
including four fourth quarter three-pointers, for the Raptors, who scored a
season-high 38 points in the final 12 minutes to win their third straight game
and fifth in six tries. Chris Bosh chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds to set
a new Raptors record by recording his ninth straight double-double, as Toronto
won its fourth straight game and ninth in its last 10 at home. Nazr
Mohammed led the way with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who
dropped their fourth straight and fell to 1-8 in 2005. Stephon Marbury added
13 points in the loss, while Allan Houston and Kurt Thomas each scored 12.

Final Score: Philadelphia 107, Charlotte 105

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 24 points with six
assists, Kenny Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds, and Philadelphia
escaped with a 107-105 victory over Charlotte. Kyle Korver chipped in 18
points and six rebounds for the 76ers, who have won two straight and three of
their last four. Korver was 4-of-11 from three-point range. Marc Jackson and
Corliss Williamson scored 16 points and 14 points off the bench,
respectively, in the win. Rookie Emeka Okafor collected 18 points and a
career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Bobcats, who saw their losing streak reach
six games. Jason Hart scored 19 for Charlotte, but had a potential game-
tying layup fall short at the end of the game.

Final Score: New Jersey 96, Milwaukee 90

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 33 points, while
Jason Kidd added 17 with 10 assists to go along with eight boards as New
Jersey defeated Milwaukee, 96-90, at Continental Airlines Arena. Rodney Buford
tallied 17 points and Nenad Krstic chipped in 16 for the Nets, who have won
two straight. New Jersey shot 53 percent from the floor (39-of-74) in the
win. Michael Redd paced the Bucks with 30 points, including 4-of-7 from
beyond the arc. Desmond Mason added 17 points for Milwaukee, which has
dropped five of six. The Bucks turned the ball over 14 times in the loss.

Final Score: Miami 111, Atlanta 92

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal scored 25 points and grabbed 12
rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 111-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks at
AmericanAirlines Arena. Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence due to
a back injury and scored 25 points and added seven assists, as the Heat won
for just the second time in five outings. Antoine Walker had 18 points and
16 rebounds to lead the Hawks, who have dropped two straight and nine of
their last 11. Jason Collier added 17 points for Atlanta, which has lost seven
straight and 11 of 12 on the road.

Final Score: New Orleans 90, Indiana 87

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Dan Dickau scored the last of his 17 points
on a foul shot with 5.2 seconds remaining, and Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal
mistakenly tipped in the rebound, as New Orleans escaped with a 90-87 victory
over the Pacers. O’Neal’s goof forced Indiana into a desperation three-pointer
with 3.7 seconds left, and after a timeout, Reggie Miller airballed an attempt
from the corner. Lee Nailon posted 30 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to
lead the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak to improve their
league-worst record to 6-32. Rodney Rogers added 12 points in the win, New
Orleans’ third straight at home.

Final Score: San Antonio 80, LA Clippers 79

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker hit the game-winning basket
with 7.8 seconds on the clock to lift the San Antonio Spurs to an 80-79 win
over the Los Angeles Clippers at SBC Center. Parker finished with a game-
high 25 points, scoring 15 in the third quarter, and seven assists as the
Spurs won their second straight and fourth in five outings. Manu Ginobili,
returning from a one-game absence due to a quad injury, added 13 points and
Tim Duncan was held to 12 points, 14 boards and four blocks for San Antonio,
which has won 13 in a row at home to improve its league-best home mark to
21-1. Chris Kaman had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers,
who have dropped three consecutive and five of seven. Corey Maggette added
20 points for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the fourth
quarter.

Final Score: Memphis 88, Phoenix 79

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Bonzi Wells scored a team-high 16 points,
Stromile Swift added 14 and Memphis held Phoenix to a season-low in points as
the Grizzlies defeated the reeling Suns, 88-79, at America West Arena. Jason
Williams was the only starting Memphis player in double-digits in
scoring with 11 points. Shane Battier chipped in nine points and tied a
career-high with 14 rebounds for Memphis, which has won four straight and 10
of 11. Brian Cardinal came off the pine to net 13 in the win. Quentin
Richardson scored a team-high 19 points with 13 rebounds, while Shawn Marion
added 18 for the suddenly slumping Suns, who dropped their season-high fifth
straight. Joe Johnson added 15 points in defeat for Phoenix, which dropped
just four of its first 35 games of the season before the recent slide.

Final Score: Cleveland 107, Portland 101

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – LeBron James netted 27 points and became the
youngest player in NBA history to register a triple-double as Cleveland downed
Portland, 107-101, at the Rose Garden. James, who celebrated his 20th
birthday 20 days ago, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists to
propel the Cavaliers to their sixth win in eight games. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
racked up 21 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which had lost two of its
first three on its current six-game road trip. Drew Gooden added 15 points
while Eric Snow contributed a season-best 13 off the bench in the win. Nick
Van Exel scored 28 points and Damon Stoudamire put up 27 for the slumping
Trail Blazers, who have dropped five in a row and nine of 10. Both players
made five three-pointers on the night.

Final Score: LA Lakers 93, Minnesota 90

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chucky Atkins poured in 25 points and
dished out a season-high 11 assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the
Minnesota Timberwolves, 93-90, at Staples Center. Caron Butler scored 16
points, while Jumaine Jones added 12 along with eight rebounds for the
Lakers, who have won three of their last four and five of seven. Minnesota
was led by Kevin Garnett, who netted 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds,
while Latrell Sprewell tallied 23 in the loss. The Timberwolves have lost five
of their last seven contests and dropped their third in a row to the Lakers.