National Basketball Association Game Capsules
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford each scored
22 points to lead the New York Knicks over the LeBron James-less Cleveland
Cavaliers, 99-96, at Madison Square Garden. Nazr Mohammed added 21 points and
10 rebounds for the Knicks, who ended a seven-game slide and won for just the
second time in 2005. Penny Hardaway came off the injured list prior to the
game and hit a clutch jumper with 36 seconds left, as New York also ended a
five-game home losing streak. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 24 points, but missed a
jumper with only a few seconds left that would have given the Cavs the lead.
Drew Gooden added 21 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which has
alternated losses and wins over the last nine games. The Cavs played without
James, who suffered a sprained ankle on Wednesday night against Memphis.
Final Score: Charlotte 101, Toronto 94
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Kareem Rush scored a game-high 21 points to
lead Charlotte to a 101-94 win over Toronto at the Coliseum. Primoz Brezec
added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who put an end to their 10-
game losing streak and won for the first time since January 6 when the club
beat Minnesota. Jason Hart finished with 15 points and Emeka Okafor chipped in
14 points and nine boards in the winning effort. Rafer Alston had 20 points
for the Raptors, who have dropped three of their last four contests. Chris
Bosh and Jalen Rose both scored 18 in the setback.
Final Score: Orlando 108, Washington 101
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu matched his career-high with 31
points and Grant Hill added 22 to lead the Orlando Magic to a 108-101 victory
over the Washington Wizards in the opener of a home-and-home at the TD
Waterhouse Centre. Dwight Howard contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the
Magic, who have won six of their last seven home games. Gilbert Arenas scored
30 points to lead the Wizards, who had their four-game winning streak halted.
Antawn Jamison contributed 28 points for the Wizards.
Final Score: Phoenix 128, Boston 119
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudamire poured in 42 points and Quentin
Richardson added 23 as Phoenix extended its win streak to four games with a
128-119 victory over Boston at the FleetCenter. Steve Nash racked up 13 points
and 15 assists while Shawn Marion finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for
the Suns, who built a 26-point halftime lead and were never seriously
threatened thereafter. Paul Pierce netted 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting and
pulled down nine boards for the Celtics, who had won four straight at home
coming in. Ricky Davis had 19 points off the bench and Tony Allen scored 17 as
Boston saw its two-game win streak halted.
Final Score: Miami 106, Atlanta 96
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal scored a team-high 26 points
as the Miami Heat won their second consecutive game with a 106-96 decision
over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. O’Neal added eight rebounds and seven
assists for Miami, which had alternated wins and losses over its last eight
contests since January 11. Leading Atlanta, which has lost 18 of 22 games, was
Antoine Walker, who recorded his 19th double-double of the season with a
season-high 36 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He also handed out eight
Final Score: New Orleans 99, Philadelphia 95 (OT)
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Dan Dickau scored 19 points with a career-
high 16 assists and Casey Jacobsen hit two key three-pointers to lift the New
Orleans Hornets to a 99-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime.
P.J. Brown added a season-high 20 with 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who played
their sixth straight game without starting point guard Baron Davis. Davis was
placed on the injured list prior to the game with a bruised right ankle.
Corliss Williamson scored 20 points for the Sixers, who played their second
straight game without Allen Iverson. Iverson, the NBA’s leading scorer, also
missed Wednesday’s 117-107 loss to Washington because of a strained left
shoulder. Willie Green, starting in Iverson’s place, scored 18 points.
Final Score: Minnesota 93, Utah 91
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 25 points with 14
rebounds, and Minnesota rallied from 16 points down for a 93-91 victory over
Utah at the Target Center. Sam Cassell added 16 points off the bench for the
Timberwolves, who equaled a season-long streak by winning their fifth
straight. Wally Szczerbiak and Fred Hoiberg collected 11 points apiece in the
win. Raul Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 apiece to lead Utah, which has
dropped five of its last seven.
Final Score: Denver 106, Milwaukee 100
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony had 25 points as the Denver
Nuggets used a huge fourth quarter to score a 106-100 victory over the
Milwaukee Bucks, in the return of George Karl to the Bradley Center. Earl
Boykins added 17 points and eight assists off the bench for the Nuggets,
who scored 24 of the first 28 points in the fourth quarter and ended a three-
game skid. Karl, who was the third winningest coach in Bucks’ history, made
his debut as the Nuggets head coach. Denver won for just the second time in 13
road chances. Michael Redd netted 26 points for the Bucks, while Dan Gadzuric
had 19 points and 14 rebounds en route to the victory.
Final Score: Sacramento 117, Houston 111 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Chris Webber’s three-pointer at the end of
regulation forced overtime and Cuttino Mobley’s trey in the extra session gave
Sacramento the lead for good, as the Kings defeated the Houston Rockets,
117-111, at the Toyota Center. Webber ended with 30 points, nine rebounds and
six assists, adding a bucket in OT that extended the cushion to three points.
Mike Bibby added 28 points and 14 assists for the Kings, who rebounded from a
90-80 loss to the San Antonio on Thursday night. Mobley had 24 points against
one of his former clubs, as Sacramento has captured eight of 10. Tracy McGrady
had 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who had a four-
game win streak halted.
Final Score: Portland 90, LA Clippers 86
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Damon Stoudamire scored 18 of his 22 points in
the second-half as Portland rallied for a 90-86 victory over the Los Angeles
Clippers at the Rose Garden. Ruben Patterson added 17 points and Zach Randolph
and Joel Przybilla each recorded double-doubles for the Blazers, who trailed
by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. Randolph finished with 13 points
and 10 rebounds, while Przybilla had 10 points and pulled down a game-high 14
boards. Elton Brand racked up 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers,
which had a two-game win streak snapped and continued to struggle in the Rose
Garden. Los Angeles has lost 12 straight in Portland since a victory on April
Final Score: New Jersey 109, LA Lakers 103
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 30 points and nine assists
as the New Jersey Nets handed the Los Angeles Lakers their season- worst third
straight loss, 109-103, at the Staples Center. Rodney Buford added 18 points
for the Nets, winners of two straight and five of their last seven. The Nets
ended a two-game skid against the Lakers. Caron Butler scored a season-high 31
points for the Lakers, who lost despite a 55-28 advantage in rebounds.
Final Score: Seattle 88, Golden State 85
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 26 points and Rashard Lewis
added 24, as Seattle held on for an 88-85 victory over Golden State at The
Arena. Luke Ridnour chipped in 14 points for the SuperSonics, who have won
three of their last four. Calbert Cheaney scored a season-high 21 points to
lead the Warriors, who have dropped four straight and 13 of their last 14
overall. Jason Richardson added 20 points and kept his team close with clutch
baskets down the stretch. The Sonics scored the first 16 points of the first
quarter, but that was as close as they would come to controlling the game.