Tuesday , Feb , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Yao Ming posted 23 points and eight rebounds and
Jon Barry scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, as the Houston
Rockets outlasted the Boston Celtics, 97-94, at the FleetCenter. Tracy McGrady
added 16 points for the Rockets, who halted a two-game losing streak and won
for the fifth time in seven games. Bob Sura collected 10 points, 10 assists
and six rebounds in the victory, while David Wesley netted 10 points. Ricky
Davis scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Celtics, who lost for just
the second time in five games. Paul Pierce finished with 22 points, five
rebounds and five assists for Boston.

Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Indiana 88

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Kyle Korver hit a jumper in the closing
seconds to give Philadelphia the lead and the 76ers held on for an 89-88
victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Wachovia Center. Allen Iverson returned
from a three-game absence and scored 27 points with nine rebounds and eight
assists for the Sixers, who have won two straight and three of their last five
games. Iverson had been sidelined with a left shoulder injury. Korver, who
finished with 17 points, was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Kenny Thomas added
12 in the win. Stephen Jackson led the Pacers with 24 points. Jermaine O’Neal
added 21 with a game-high 10 rebounds for Indiana, which has lost five in a
row.

Final Score: Atlanta 80, Orlando 79

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Antoine Walker hit the game-winning jumper with
2.3 seconds remaining to lift the Atlanta Hawks over the Orlando Magic, 80-79,
at Philips Arena. Walker, who scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, hit a
fade away jumper over rookie Dwight Howard to help the Hawks end a four-game
losing streak. Howard, who just last year was playing at Southwest Atlanta
Christian Academy before being the selected first overall by the Magic in the
NBA Draft, ended with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in
his second trip to his hometown. Steve Francis tallied a team-high 24 points
for Orlando, which had a two-game win streak halted and lost for the third
time in five contests.

Final Score: Memphis 98, New Orleans 91

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Lorenzen Wright scored 19 points with 11
rebounds, and Memphis held on to beat New Orleans 98-91 despite nearly blowing
a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Stromile Swift also scored 19 points
for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five games to post a 12-3
record in the month of January. Jason Williams added 14 points in the win and
Mike Miller had 13. Dan Dickau scored 19 points with 12 assists and a career-
high four steals to lead the Hornets, who have dropped four of five.

Final Score: San Antonio 103, Seattle 84

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili had 23 points and Tim Duncan
added 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-84 win
over the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena. Tony Parker tallied 17 points,
grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists for San Antonio, which has won
three straight and seven of eight. Seattle played without head coach Nate
McMillan on the sideline and without star guard Ray Allen and it showed.
McMillan was not with the team due to his mother’s death and Allen was out
with the flu. In their absence, associate head coach Dwane Casey manned the
club, while Ronald Murray started for the All-Star guard. Murray ended up
leading the team in scoring along with Vladimir Radmanovic and Antonio
Daniels. All three players had 13 points for the Sonics, who have lost two of
three and were never in the game.

Final Score: LA Clippers 96, New York 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 24 points and Chris
Kaman added 18 with 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-89
victory over the New York Knicks at Staples Center. Bobby Simmons had 15
points and 10 boards and Marko Jaric returned to the starting lineup and
contributed 15 points, seven assists and six steals. Quinton Ross
contributed 14 for the Clippers, who have won six of their last seven home
games. Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 20 points. Jamal Crawford added
19 and Kurt Thomas had 11 with 15 rebounds for New York, which has lost 13
of its last 15 games.