Monday , Jan , 31 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had a game-high 30 points, eight
rebounds and six assists to lead the Miami Heat past the Houston Rockets,
104-95, at AmericanAirlines Arena. Damon Jones and Udonis Haslem both scored
16 points for the Heat, winners of three straight and four of their last five
games. Shaquille O’Neal ended with 15 points and five boards in the win. Tracy
McGrady paced the Rockets with 28 points, nine rebounds and four
assists. Yao Ming chipped in 22 points, while Bob Sura added 21 in the loss —
Houston’s second in a row.

Final Score: Sacramento 94, Minnesota 84

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Brad Miller scored 27 points with 15
rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 94-84 victory over the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the Target Center. Cuttino Mobley added 23 and Mike Bibby had
21 points and eight assists for the Kings, who have won nine of their last
11 games. Sacramento played without Peja Stojakovic (back) and Chris Webber
(knee). Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 21 points, 13 rebounds
and seven assists. Wally Szczerbiak scored 17 points for Minnesota, which
had its five-game winning streak come to an end.

Final Score: Phoenix 123, Toronto 105

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in
the third quarter, as Phoenix routed Toronto, 123-105 at the Air Canada
Centre. Joe Johnson added 24 and Shawn Marion, who had 12 rebounds in the
first quarter, finished with 21 points and 17 boards. Steve Nash had 19
points and 12 assists in the win and Quentin Richardson chipped in with 17
points and 11 rebounds. The Suns have scored 121 points or more in four
straight games and in five of their last six. The Suns have won five
straight games and improved to 4-0 to start a season-long six-game road trip.
Chris Bosh tied his season-high with 27 points and Morris Peterson finished
with 24 for Toronto, which has lost four of its last five games. Jalen Rose
had 21 for the Raptors, who played without guard Rafer Alston.

Final Score: Cleveland 104, Milwaukee 87

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Drew Gooden collected 33 points and 11
rebounds, Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 11 of his 28 during a game-changing fourth
quarter run, and Cleveland beat Milwaukee 104-87 at Gund Arena. The Cavaliers
were playing for the second straight game without injured guard LeBron James,
who suffered a sprained ankle Wednesday night. They trailed by five points
after three quarters, but outscored the Bucks 32-10 over the final 12 minutes
for the win. Jeff McInnis scored 16 points with 15 assists in the victory,
Cleveland’s fifth in nine games. Ilgauskas added a game-high 18 rebounds.
Michael Redd scored 23 points to lead Milwaukee, which has dropped three
straight. Desmond Mason added 17 points and Maurice Williams had 16.

Final Score: LA Lakers 101, Charlotte 90

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins scored 20
points apiece to help lead Los Angeles past Charlotte, 101-90, at Staples
Center. Chris Mihm finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers who
ended a three-game losing streak. Lamar Odom tallied 15 and nine
rebounds as LA improved to 6-0 in Sunday games this season. Frank Hamblen
filled in for Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich who missed the game with the
stomach flu. Primoz Brezec led the way for Charlotte with 15 points and 10
rebounds as the Bobcats dropped their 11th game in 12 tries. Kareem Rush
netted 13, while Emeka Okafor scored seven and grabbed 10 rebounds before
leaving the game after he landed on his ankle awkwardly.