Thursday , Jan , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 23 points and grabbed eight
rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 win over the Indiana Pacers
at the FleetCenter. Ricky Davis added 18 points off the bench for the Celtics,
who won their second straight game and moved into sole possession of first
place in the Atlantic Division thanks to Philadelphia’s loss at Washington.
It is the latest the Celtics have been in first place since winning the
Atlantic in the 1990-91 season. Jermaine O’Neal had a game-high 24 points for
Indiana, which welcomed Stephen Jackson back to the lineup following his
30-game suspension. The Pacers suffered their third loss in four games.

Final Score: Miami 111, Toronto 96

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal scored 33 points with 18
rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 111-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors
at the Air Canada Centre. Dwyane Wade added 16 with 10 assists for the Heat,
who have won eight of their last 10 games against Toronto. O’Neal was 13-
of-19 from the field and just 7-of-20 from the free throw line. Eddie Jones
added 23 points for Miami, who have won five straight at the ACC. Rafer
Alston and Chris Bosh both had career-highs with 29 and 27 points,
respectively, for Toronto, which lost for just the second time in six games.

Final Score: Washington 117, Philadelphia 107

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas collected 33 points, nine
assists and six rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 117-107 victory
over the Philadelphia 76ers at the MCI Center. Antawn Jamison chipped in 23
points and seven boards for Washington, which has won four in a row and 11 of
its last 13 contests. Juan Dixon netted 22 points for the Wizards. The 76ers
played without star guard Allen Iverson, who is suffering from a strained
left shoulder. He is listed as day-to-day. Willie Green started in Iverson’s
place and poured in a career-high 32 points, including 13 in the first
quarter. Kenny Thomas contributed 17 points and seven boards and Kyle Korver
ended with 15 points for Philadelphia, which lost for only the second time
in its last five games.

Final Score: Cleveland 114, Memphis 111

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James racked up 27 points and a
career-high 15 assists despite injuring an ankle as Cleveland downed Memphis,
114-111, at Gund Arena. Drew Gooden also finished with 27 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had dropped two of three coming in.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 22 points and nine boards in the triumph. James, who
ended one rebound shy of a triple-double, twisted his ankle after landing on
Memphis’ Dahntay Jones after attempting a three-point shot with 9:23
remaining. The reigning Rookie of the Year would return with 4:53 to go and
made two key baskets down the stretch to preserve the win. Mike Miller
delivered a season-best 28 points and drained five three-pointers for the
Grizzlies, who had won two straight and six of seven.

Final Score: Detroit 87, Denver 70

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Ben Wallace scored 14 points with 12
rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons ended a four-game losing streak with an
87-70 victory over Denver at the Palace. Rasheed Wallace collected 11 points
and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, whose skid came on the heels of a six-game
winning streak. Antonio McDyess added 13 points off the bench in the win,
while Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Arroyo scored 12 apiece. Earl Boykins
scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, who have lost three
straight and 10 of their last 13 games.

Final Score: Phoenix 121, Milwaukee 115

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion compiled 24 points and 12
rebounds, while Steve Nash scored 21 points and dished out 17 assists, as
Phoenix earned a 121-115 victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center. Amare
Stoudamire contributed 23 points and Joe Johnson added 17 as the Suns won
their third straight following their recent six-game slide. Michael Redd
poured in 27 points and Desmond Mason finished with 17 for the Bucks, who
had a two-game win streak halted. Maurice Williams and Mike James had 17 and
15 points, respectively, in the setback.

Final Score: Houston 82, New Orleans 77

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Scott Padgett hit a three-pointer with 28
seconds left to snap a tie and the Houston Rockets held on for an 82-77
victory over New Orleans. Tracy McGrady scored 33 points with eight
rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who have won four straight and
are five games above .500 for the first time this season. Yao Ming
contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Dan Dickau scored 23
points with 10 assists to lead the Hornets, who played without guard Baron
Davis for the fifth straight game. Lee Nailon and P.J. Brown each had 17
points for New Orleans, which is a franchise-worst 7-34 after 41 games.

Final Score: Minnesota 104, Atlanta 87

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Latrell Sprewell scored 22 of his season-
high 32 points in the third quarter, as the Minnesota Timberwolves rolled to a
104-87 win over the lowly Atlanta Hawks at the Target Center. Wally Szczerbiak
added 18 points for the T-Wolves, who won their fourth straight game.
Minnesota played without the services of head coach Flip Saunders, who missed
the game because of the flu. Assistant Randy Whitman handled the coaching
duties in his absence. Sam Cassell, though, returned to the lineup for the
first time since January 7 and had four points and eight assists in 15
minutes. He had missed the previous 10 games due to a strained right
hamstring. Al Harrington had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which
dropped its ninth straight game on the road and fell to 2-16 away from home
this season. Antoine Walker added 15 points in defeat, while Tyronn Lue had
13 points in the losing effort.

Final Score: Utah 109, Seattle 100

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Raul Lopez posted career-highs with 20
points and 11 assists, leading the Utah Jazz to a 109-100 victory over Seattle
at the Delta Center. Raja Bell added 18 points off the bench for the Jazz, who
snapped a two-game losing streak and earned just their fourth win in 17 games.
Matt Harpring and Mehmet Okur scored 17 points apiece in the win. Andrei
Kirilenko, playing for just the third time since missing nearly two months
with a sprained right knee, collected 12 points and five blocked shots in just
10 minutes of action for Utah. Ray Allen scored a game-high 27 points to lead
Seattle. Antonio Daniels added 25 points off the bench for the SuperSonics,
who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Dallas 95, Portland 88

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and grabbed 15
rebounds to lead Dallas to a 95-88 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden.
Michael Finley added 22 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 20 for the Mavericks,
who have won six of their last seven games. Damon Stoudamire had 22 points for
Portland, which has lost seven of its last eight games. Zach Randolph scored
19 and Joel Przybilla had 10 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.

Final Score: LA Clippers 105, LA Lakers 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand posted 28 points and 14
rebounds and Corey Maggette scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, as
the Los Angeles Clippers beat the hometown-rival Lakers, 105-89, at the
Staples Center. Bobby Simmons added 21 points while Chris Kaman had 14 along
with a career- high 16 rebounds as the Clippers won their second in a row
following a five- game slide. The Clippers also earned just their fourth
triumph in their last 32 meetings with the Lakers. Chucky Atkins led the
Lakers with 17 points and Caron Butler finished with 16. Brian Cook netted 14
off the bench for the Lakers, who trailed virtually from start-to-finish and
suffered their second straight defeat.

Final Score: New Jersey 113, Golden State 99

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Brian Scalabrine had a career-high 29 points
and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading New Jersey to an easy 113-99 win over Golden
State at The Arena. Vince Carter and Jason Kidd had 17 points apiece for the
Nets, who snapped a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in six tries.
Rodney Buford tallied 20 points in the win. Jason Richardson poured in a game-
high 31 points and Troy Murphy added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Golden
State, which lost its third straight contest. Mike Dunleavy finished with 13
points in the loss.