Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce had 33 points and nine rebounds
to lead Boston to a 97-92 win over Charlotte, ending the Celtics’ nine-game
road losing streak and extending the Bobcats’ current slide to nine contests.
Pierce shot 10-of-18 from the field and 13-of-16 from the free throw line,
as Boston outscored Charlotte 27-10 at the stripe. The Celtics also halted a
two-game skid overall, winning for the first time on the road since December
18 at Cleveland. Emeka Okafor paced the Bobcats with 20 points, 12 rebounds
and five blocks. He went scoreless in the first half, but hit 10-of-13
shots in the final 24 minutes. Primoz Brezec added 18 points and eight
boards and Kareem Rush had 17 points for Charlotte, which has dropped 15-of-16
overall and five straight at home.

Final Score: Phoenix 133, New York 118

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points, Quentin
Richardson added 25, including 7-of-14 from beyond the arc and Phoenix routed
struggling New York, 133-118, at historic Madison Square Garden. Joe Johnson
scored 24 and Shawn Marion added 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds
for the Suns, who had a season-high 133 points in the win. Jim Jackson came
off the bench to hit for 17 on 6-of-8 shooting in the win. Jamal Crawford
paced New York with a game-high 40 points. Kurt Thomas added 24 with 14
boards, while Trevor Ariza established career-highs in points (21) and
rebounds (11) for the reeling Knicks, who have dropped seven in a row
and 11 of their last 12 contests. Stephon Marbury struggled on the night,
ending with 11 points on just 5-of-17 shooting in the setback.

Final Score: Memphis 95, Orlando 83

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Stromile Swift posted 18 points and nine
rebounds to lead the surging Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-83 victory over the
Orlando Magic at FedExForum. Lorenzen Wright and James Posey each posted 12
points for Memphis, which has captured 12 of its last 14 games. Shane
Battier and Earl Watson added 11 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who have
also won eight of their last nine at home. Steve Francis and Grant Hill led
the way with 18 points for Orlando, which has dropped three of four. Jameer
Nelson contributed 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench in the losing effort.
Memphis took the court with heavy hearts, as the entire organization is still
grieving over the sudden death of announcer Don Poier, who passed away in
Denver on Friday. Earlier Tuesday, the Grizzlies placed forward Pau Gasol on
the injured list with left foot plantar fasciitis. Gasol, who is averaging
a team-high 18.9 points this season, will miss a minimum of five games.

Final Score: Chicago 111, Denver 107

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 14 of his 16 points in the
fourth quarter, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Denver Nuggets, 111-107, at
the United Center. Curry, who played only 17 minutes off the bench because
of a strained groin, made 7-of-9 shots from the field. Kirk Hinrich led
Chicago with 23 points, while teammate Ben Gordon added 18, including 10 in
the fourth period. Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng each had 12 points for the
Bulls, who have won four in a row and 11 of their last 12 contests. Deng
also pulled down eight rebounds. Carmelo Anthony paced Denver with 32
points, including 15 in the final 12 minutes. Nene, who returned from a
four-game suspension, chipped in 19 points and Earl Boykins ended with
16 for the Nuggets, who have lost two straight and nine of their
last 12 games. Andre Miller collected 15 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Final Score: Sacramento 113, New Jersey 93

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Brad Miller scored a season-high 31 points
and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings crowned the
visiting New Jersey Nets, 113-93, at ARCO Arena. Miller, who went 14-of-18
from the field, packed 18 of his points into the second half for Sacramento,
which got back on the winning track after having its six-game winning streak
snapped on Sunday. The Kings played without the talents of star forward
Chris Webber, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered on Sunday
against San Antonio. Leading New Jersey, which has dropped two straight,
was Vince Carter, who netted 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Overall the Nets
have lost six of their last nine contests.

Final Score: Seattle 104, LA Lakers 93

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Vladimir Radmanovic connected on 8-of-14
three-pointers and posted 26 points while Ray Allen scored 25, as the Seattle
SuperSonics cruised to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples
Center. Rashard Lewis tallied 21 points for the SuperSonics, who have won two
straight. Luke Ridnour added 10 points and seven assists in the victory.
Coming off the bench for the Lakers, Luke Walton scored a career-high 19
points and Lamar Odom also added 19 points. The Lakers continue to play
without All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who is out with an ankle injury. Odom
added 13 rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles, which had won two
straight entering the game.