Friday , Jan , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 20 points to lead
Detroit to an 88-76 win over Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse. Richard Hamilton
added 17 and Tayshaun Prince contributed 16 points and seven rebounds for
the Pistons, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak.
Jermaine O’Neal scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the
Pacers, who have dropped three straight contests. Fred Jones netted 14 points
and Stephen Jackson had 11 in the loss. This marked the second game between
the teams since the melee that erupted in Detroit back on November 19 that
saw several Indiana players rush into the crowd to fight the Piston fans.
Following the disgraceful events, a handful of players from both teams were
suspended for their actions.

Final Score: Chicago 101, Charlotte 93

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Andres Nocioni had 17 points and Eric
Piatkowski tallied 16 for the Chicago Bulls in a 101-93 win over the Charlotte
Bobcats at the United Center. Jannero Pargo tallied a season-high 14
points, scoring all in the fourth quarter, as the Bulls won their fifth
straight game and 12th out of the last 13 to improve to a season-best three
games over .500 (22-19). Chicago starters accounted for only 38 points with
none of them playing in the final quarter due to ineffectiveness. The
Bulls’ reserves outscored the Bobcats’ bench 63-22 and Chicago earned its
seventh consecutive home win. Kareem Rush had a game-high 24 points for
Charlotte, which lost its 10th straight. Jason Hart added 17 points and 10
assists for the Bobcats, who have lost 16 of 17 overall and eight in a row on
the road.

Final Score: San Antonio 90, Sacramento 80

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 25 points to lead the
San Antonio Spurs to a 90-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a battle of
Western Conference powers at the SBC Center. Tim Duncan posted 20 points and
12 rebounds for the Spurs, who beat the Kings on the road on Sunday and now
own the best record in the NBA at 35-10. San Antonio, which has won 14
straight at home, also received 14 points from Bruce Bowen. Brad Miller
registered 19 points for the Kings, who have dropped two of three on the
heels of a six-game winning streak. Mike Bibby tallied 17 points and Chris
Webber added 16 for the Kings, who played without forward Peja
Stojakovic due to back spasms.