Tuesday , Jan , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in 45 points and
handed out 11 assists, as the Philadelphia 76ers earned a 106-98 victory over
the Miami Heat at the Wachovia Center. Iverson made 13-of-30 shots from the
field for the Sixers, who won for the third time in four games. The
Sixers’ star guard also had four steals, committed just one turnover and
connected on 18-of-19 foul shots. Samuel Dalembert finished with 16 points
and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia, while Kyle Korver collected 14 points,
six boards and six assists. Corliss Williamson added 12 points in the
victory. Shaquille O’Neal recorded 24 points to lead the Heat, who lost for
the third time in five games. Miami fell to 21-4 within the Eastern
Conference this season.

Final Score: Washington 106, Cleveland 97

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas had 30 points and Anthony
Peeler scored all of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, as the Washington
Wizards recorded a come-from-behind, 106-97, win over the Cleveland Cavaliers
at Gund Arena. Arenas had 19 points in the second half for Washington, which
shot just 14 percent in the first quarter only to rally in the second half
and stake claim to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with a
25-15 mark. Antawn Jamison added 16 points and Brendan Haywood tallied 15 for
the Wizards, who trail the conference’s best squad the Miami Heat by 3 1/2
games in the Southeast Division. LeBron James scored 31 points, grabbed 10
rebounds and dished out eight assists for the Cavaliers, who returned
from a 3-3 road trip and looked jet lagged.

Final Score: Chicago 107, Atlanta 82

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 19 points to lead six Bulls
in double figures, as Chicago routed the Atlanta Hawks, 107-82, at Philips
Arena. Othello Harrington had 18 and Ben Gordon added 15 for the Bulls, who
are over .500 (20-19) for the first time since opening the 2002-03 campaign
with back- to-back wins. Chris Duhon, who hit four three-pointers in the
first half, finished with 14 points, Luol Deng chipped in with 13 and Kirk
Hinrich ended with 11 for the red-hot Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11
games. Al Harrington scored 18 points to lead the Hawks, who have lost four
of their last five games.

Final Score: Minnesota 86, Detroit 83

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 22 points and nine
rebounds as Minnesota held off slumping Detroit, 86-83, at the Target Center.
Wally Szczerbiak added 15 points while Eddie Griffin compiled 14 points, 10
rebounds and seven blocked shots off the bench to help the Timberwolves to
their third straight win. Chauncey Billups compiled 22 points and nine
rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four in a row following a six-game
win streak. Rasheed Wallace finished with 16 points and Ben Wallace had 11
along with 13 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Houston 89, Orlando 78

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming finished with 22 points and 10
rebounds as the Houston Rockets downed the Orlando Magic, 89-78, at the
Toyota Center. Jon Barry added a season-high 19 points for the Rockets,
while Bob Sura collected 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. David
Wesley and Juwan Howard added 10 points apiece as Houston won its third
straight contest. The Rockets were without guard Tracy McGrady, who missed
Monday’s game due to a medical emergency in his family. McGrady had
spent the previous four seasons in Orlando before being traded in a six-
player deal in the offseason that sent Steve Francis to the Magic. Meanwhile,
Francis returned to Houston for the first time since the trade and finished
with a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Francis
played the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Rockets.

Final Score: Portland 107, San Antonio 99

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Damon Stoudamire scored 23 points with nine
assists and Darius Miles added 21, as Portland ended a six-game losing streak
with a 107-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Rose Garden. Joel
Przybilla had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who ended a
seven-game losing streak in the series with the Spurs. Ruben Patterson
contributed for Portland with 15 points and eight rebounds. Tim Duncan led
the Spurs with 24 points, 11 boards and three blocks. Tony Parker and
Devin Brown each had 20 for San Antonio, which had its four-game winning
streak halted.

Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Dallas 87

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand posted 23 points and 12
rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers pounded the Dallas Mavericks, 97-87, at
the Staples Center. Bobby Simmons recorded 21 points for the Clippers, who
snapped a five-game losing streak to pick up their first win since
posting a double overtime victory over the Miami Heat on January 14. Dirk
Nowitzki posted 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a five-
game winning streak halted and lost for just the third time in 13 games. Jerry
Stackhouse added 18 points in the loss and Erick Dampier registered 13 points
and a game-high 14 boards.