Friday , Jan , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 27 points against his
former team, leading Houston to a 108-99 victory over Orlando at the TD
Waterhouse Centre. McGrady was Houston’s leading scorer, but he shot just 8-
of-21 from the field in his first meeting with the Magic since they traded
him to the Rockets for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and center Kelvin Cato in
June. Bob Sura had a solid all-around game, ending with 19 points, 11
rebounds and nine assists for the Rockets, who snapped a two-game slide.
Yao Ming scored 20, while David Wesley finished with 18 points in the win.
Francis paced Orlando with a game-high 28 points. Grant Hill continued his
strong play with 21 points for the Magic, who had a two-game winning streak
snapped.

Final Score: Dallas 99, LA Clippers 77

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed eight
rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-77, at
the AmericanAirlines Center. Jason Terry added 15 points for the Mavericks,
who won their third straight game and eighth in 10 tries. Dallas was playing
its first game without head coach Don Nelson, who had surgery on
Thursday to repair an almost completely torn right rotator cuff. Elton Brand
had 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Bobby Simmons contributed 16 points and
12 boards for Los Angeles, which dropped its fourth consecutive game and
fell to just 2-6 over its last eight games.

Final Score: Sacramento 123, Cleveland 96

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Webber poured in a game-high 27 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds, Mike Bibby recorded a triple-double, and Sacramento
routed Cleveland, 123-96, at Arco Arena. Bibby finished the game with 17
points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his second career triple-double. Peja
Stojakovic finished with 19 points and Cuttino Mobley scored 18 in the win.
Sacramento has won six straight and seven of its last eight. LeBron James, who
recorded his first-career triple-double on Wednesday night, led Cleveland with
18 points. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 and pulled down 11 boards for the
Cavaliers, who fell to 2-3 on their current west coast swing.