National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 30 points with
11 rebounds, Michael Finley added 23 and Dallas defeated Toronto, 122-113, at
the Air Canada Centre. Josh Howard added 18 and Jason Terry netted 15 for
Dallas, which has won four of six. Erick Dampier collected 13 points while
hauling down 12 boards for his fifth straight double-double in the win. Chris
Bosh paced Toronto with a career-high 29 points. Jalen Rose added 22 and
Morris Peterson chipped in 21 for the Raptors, who had their two-game winning
streak snapped. Donyell Marshall contributed 19 in the loss.
Final Score: Philadelphia 106, LA Clippers 104
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 28 points,
including a key three-pointer and two free throws down the stretch, as the
Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-104, at the Wachovia
Center. Kyle Korver chipped in 16 points and Andre Iguodala added 15 for
Philadelphia, which has won two in a row and four of its last five
contests. Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson each had 14 points for the
76ers, who have won six of their last seven home games. Bobby Simmons paced
the Clippers with 27 points. Elton Brand contributed 21 points and Chris
Kaman finished with 18 for Los Angeles, which has dropped two straight after
a three-game winning streak. Quinton Ross collected 15 points and six boards
in the loss.
Final Score: Boston 103, Minnesota 100
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored a game-high 32 points
and Gary Payton added 22 to lead Boston to a 103-100 win over Minnesota at the
Target Center. Ricky Davis had 12 points and Raef LaFrentz contributed 15
rebounds for the Celtics, who have won three straight games. Kevin Garnett
scored 21 points and grabbed 13 boards for the slumping Timberwolves,
who have dropped a season-high five straight contests. Michael Olowokandi
also added 21 points and Fred Hoiberg chipped in 14 in the loss.
Final Score: Houston 103, LA Lakers 102
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming sank two free throws with 15.2 seconds
remaining as Houston held off a furious comeback by the Los Angeles Lakers to
hang on for a wild 103-102 win at the Toyota Center. Yao ended with 23 points
while Bob Sura and David Wesley each netted 19 points for the Rockets, who
have won four straight. Tracy McGrady added 21 points for Houston, which hung
on for the win despite going without a field goal in the final 5:30 of the
contest. Lamar Odom paced the Lakers with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Chucky Atkins added 21 and Jumaine Jones collected 18 points with 13
rebounds for the Lakers, who fell to 0-2 under interim head coach Frank
Hamblen, who took over for former head coach Rudy Tomjanovich.