Wednesday , Feb , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 20 points with six assists
and six rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-85 victory over the
Charlotte Bobcats in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Rasho
Nesterovic scored all 15 of his points in the first half, as the Spurs built
a big lead and cruised to the easy win. San Antonio played without star
forward Tim Duncan. The two-time NBA MVP, who has a right ankle injury, leads
the team in scoring and rebounding. Manu Ginobili contributed 12 points and
seven rebounds for San Antonio, which has won nine of its last 10 games. Jason
Kapono scored 17 points for the Bobcats, who played without guard Kareem Rush
due to back spasms. Charlotte, which has lost 14 of its last 16 games, was
also was without center Jahidi White because of a shoulder injury.

Final Score: Golden State 113, Orlando 109

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 14 of his 32 points in
the fourth quarter, as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic,
113-109, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Richardson also pulled down 11 rebounds,
while Derek Fisher netted 25 points and handed out six assists for Golden
State, which halted a 10-game road losing streak and won for only the third
time in its last 20 contests overall. Adonal Foyle chipped in 15 points and
eight boards for the Warriors, who also snapped an 11-game losing streak at
Orlando. Foyle had 13 of his points in the final 12 minutes. Grant Hill
paced Orlando with 28 points. Steve Francis collected 21 points, six
rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who have lost three in a row.

Final Score: Cleveland 104, Toronto 91

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was named an All-Star
reserve earlier in the day, scored 23 points while Jeff McInnis added 17 as
Cleveland defeated Toronto, 104-91, at Gund Arena. LeBron James collected 15
points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Robert Traylor added 15 points
and 13 boards for Cleveland, which shot a season-high 57 percent from the
floor (45-of-78). Lucious Harris chipped in 11 for the Cavaliers, who have
won two straight and improved to an Eastern Conference best 18-4 at home.
Jalen Rose netted 21 points for Toronto, which lost for the fifth time in
seven games.

Final Score: Milwaukee 121, Boston 97

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Mike James drained eight three-pointers on
his way to 28 points off the bench, as the Milwaukee Bucks crushed the Boston
Celtics, 121-97, at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd scored 17 points for
the Bucks, who have won three straight at home. Desmond Mason contributed 11
points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Earlier Tuesday, the Celtics traded
forward Walter McCarty to the Phoenix Suns for a 2005 conditional second-
round draft choice and cash. McCarty had been with the club since 1997 but
was dissatisfied with his diminishing role on the team. Reigning Eastern
Conference Player of the Week Paul Pierce was held to just seven points on
2-of-10 shooting for the Celtics, whose three-game winning streak was
stopped.

Final Score: Memphis 108, Minnesota 96

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Lorenzen Wright and Stromile Swift scored 18
points each as Memphis routed slumping Minnesota, 108-96, at FedEx Forum.
Wright finished 9-of-11 from the field and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds
as the Grizzlies recorded their fourth win in five games. Jason Williams
compiled 15 points and eight assists for Memphis, while Shane Battier and
Brian Cardinal each finished with 14 points in the triumph. Kevin Garnett
netted 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for the
Timberwolves, whose losing streak reached a season-worst six games. Wally
Szczerbiak and Latrell Sprewell had 19 and 17 points, respectively, in the
setback.

Final Score: Chicago 107, Dallas 100

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Rookie Luol Deng set career highs with 30 points
and 11 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 23 points, as the Chicago Bulls defeated
the Dallas Mavericks, 107-100, at AmericanAirlines Center. Ben Gordon added
16 points for the Bulls, who halted a three-game losing streak and won
for the sixth time in nine games. Chicago also defeated the Mavericks for
the first time since December 29, 1997, ending a string of 13 straight
losses to Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki posted 27 points and 12 rebounds for the
Mavericks, who have dropped two of their last three contests. Jason Terry
chipped in 25 points in the loss, while Michael Finley added 16. Dallas head
coach Don Nelson was back on the bench after missing the previous 10 games due
to shoulder surgery.

Final Score: Denver 97, Utah 87

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and Earl
Boykins provided a spark off the bench with 20 points as Denver defeated a
struggling Utah squad, 97-87, at the Pepsi Center. Kenyon Martin added 17
while Marcus Camby collected eight points with 14 rebounds for Denver,
which improved to 6-1 under new head coach George Karl. Andre Miller chipped
in nine points, eight boards and 10 assists as the Nuggets improved to
7-4 in their last 11 overall. Mehmet Okur came off the bench to pace Utah
with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Raja Bell added 16 and Matt Harpring scored 15
for the disappointing Jazz, who have dropped nine of 12 and 18 of their last
23 games.

Final Score: Phoenix 125, Sacramento 123

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Steve Nash poured in a season-high 33 points
and handed out 17 assists, as the Phoenix Suns edged the Sacramento Kings,
125-123, at ARCO Arena. Joe Johnson netted 28 points and Amare Stoudemire
contributed 22 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who have won three in
a row and eight of their last nine contests. Stoudemire also blocked Brad
Miller’s layup attempt at the buzzer to preserve the win. Shawn Marion
collected 19 points and 16 boards for Phoenix, which also halted an eight-game
losing streak at Sacramento. Mike Bibby scored 27 points for the Kings and
teammate Chris Webber registered a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists
and 10 rebounds. Cuttino Mobley finished with 23 points and eight boards
and Peja Stojakovic chipped in 20 points in the loss.

Final Score: Seattle 108, New Orleans 91

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen led the way with 26 points, as the
Seattle SuperSonics continued their winning ways with a 108-91 victory over
the New Orleans Hornets at KeyArena. Vladimir Radmanovic posted 18 points,
including a 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, for the SuperSonics, who have
won six of their last eight overall and improved to 33-13 on the season.
Casey Jacobsen scored 21 points for New Orleans, which lost its sixth straight
game. Dan Dickau added 17 points in the losing effort.