National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 30 points with eight
assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-91 victory over the Toronto
Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Kenny Thomas contributed to the win with 23
points and eight rebounds. Andre Iguodala added 16 with eight boards for the
Sixers, who gave head coach Jim O’Brien a victory on his 53rd birthday. The
Sixers have won have three of their last five games overall and have beaten
Toronto in seven of their last 12 trips to ACC. Jalen Rose scored 23 points to
lead Toronto, which has lost five of its last six home games.
Final Score: Washington 94, LA Clippers 91
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 35 points with nine
assists, and the Washington Wizards held on for a 94-91 victory over the Los
Angeles Clippers at the MCI Center. Antawn Jamison added 17 points in the win,
and his clutch three-pointer in the final minute gave Washington the lead for
good. Jarvis Hayes and Brendan Haywood scored 13 apiece for the Wizards, who
have won four straight on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Bobby
Simmons scored 24 points to lead the Clippers, who have lost four straight by
an average of just three points.
Final Score: Miami 97, Charlotte 87
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal poured in 32 points,
including 18 in the second half, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a
97-87 win over Charlotte at the Coliseum. Damon Jones hit six three-pointers
and scored 22 points for the Heat, who have won five straight games, but
failed to score at least 100 for the first time in their last nine contests.
Jones also had eight assists. Brevin Knight had 17 points and Jason Kapono
chipped in 14 for the Bobcats, who have dropped five straight games.
Final Score: Houston 91, Indiana 83
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Bob Sura scored 17 points to lead five
players in double figures, as Houston defeated Indiana 91-83 at Conseco
Fieldhouse. Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming netted 16 points apiece, while Juwan
Howard tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Houston to its sixth win in a
row. Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal finished with 18 points each as the
Pacers lost for the second time in three tries. Anthony Johnson scored 11
points and Fred Jones added 14 off the bench in the losing effort.
Final Score: Boston 111, New York 94
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis scored 25 points and Paul Pierce
added 17 to lead the Boston Celtics to a 111-94 win over the New York Knicks
at the FleetCenter. Raef LaFrentz recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds for the
Celtics, who have won two in a row and five of six. Stephon Marbury scored 31
points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row and seven of
eight. He became just the third player in franchise history to register five
straight games of 30 or more points, joining Bernard King and Patrick Ewing.
Final Score: San Antonio 101, New Jersey 91
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 17 of his team-high
27 points in the fourth quarter, as San Antonio rallied from a 15-point
deficit to post a 101-91 win over New Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena.
Manu Ginobili added 17 points and seven rebounds while Tim Duncan returned to
the lineup and finished with 16 points and 15 boards for the Spurs, who won
for the sixth time in their last seven games. Duncan had missed the previous
two games with a right ankle injury and San Antonio went 1-1 without the two-
time league MVP. Vince Carter poured in a season-high 43 points before being
ejected in the fourth quarter for the Nets, who have dropped two straight
following a two-game winning streak.
Final Score: Denver 106, Cleveland 101
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins scored 18 of his 20 points in
the second half and dished out eight assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a
106-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena. Kenyon Martin
added 19 for Denver, which has won six of its eight games since George Karl
took over the coaching duties. Karl replaced interim coach Michael Cooper, who
compiled a 4-10 mark after taking over for Jeff Bzdelik in December. LeBron
James scored a game-high 35 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of
their last five games.
Final Score: Memphis 88, Portland 82
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Stromile Swift scored 23 points with eight
rebounds, and Memphis overcame a fourth quarter deficit for an 88-82 victory
over Portland at FedExForum. Mike Miller added 22 points off the bench for
the Grizzlies, and his three-pointer in the final minute sealed the win. Bonzi
Wells collected 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Memphis, which has
won three straight and eight of its last 10 games. Zach Randolph scored a
game-high 26 points with 12 rebounds off the bench to lead the Trail Blazers,
who have dropped two straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
Final Score: New Orleans 111, Golden State 108
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Rodney Rogers scored 20 points and grabbed
nine rebounds to lead New Orleans to a 111-108 win over Golden State. Bostjan
Nachbar had 19 points off the bench while Dan Dickau and P.J. Brown both
contributed 16 for the Hornets, who have won two straight following a six-game
losing streak. Brown also had eight boards. Derek Fisher netted 23 points
while Mike Dunleavy and Jason Richardson both ended with 20 for the Warriors,
who have dropped three of their past four contests.
Final Score: Utah 100, Minnesota 82
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 11
rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and 10 boards to lead the Utah
Jazz over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-82, at the Delta Center. Raja Bell
tallied 18 points for the Jazz, who overcame a 10-point second quarter with 34
points in the third to end a two-game slide. Latrell Sprewell scored a team-
high 16 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven of eight. Kevin
Garnett ended with a season-low tying 12 points to fall two points shy of
15,000 for his career. He also had eight rebounds and with his next two points
he will become just the 12th player in NBA history to have at least 15,000
points, 8,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.
Final Score: Seattle 113, Phoenix 105
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 14 of his 21 points in the
fourth quarter, and six players scored in double figures to lead Seattle over
Phoenix, 113-105, at America West Arena. Rashard Lewis netted a team-high 23
points, while Antonio Daniels scored 20 off the bench as the SuperSonics won
their fifth game in a row and eighth in 10 tries. Vladimir Radmanovic tallied
13, while Reggie Evans finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Amare Stoudemire paced the Suns with 32 points and Steve Nash dished out 14
assists to go along with 25 points. Phoenix saw its three-game winning streak
halted and lost for just the fifth time at home this season. Shawn Marion
recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Final Score: Dallas 115, Sacramento 113
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Terry scored 17 points and converted a
three-point play with 12.6 seconds remaining, as Dallas edged Sacramento,
115-113 at Arco Arena. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed
seven rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead the Mavericks, who won
for the second time in three games. Michael Finley finished with 19 points,
while Jerry Stackhouse netted 14 off the bench in the win. Chris Webber
scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Brad Miller tallied 22 and
10 boards for Sacramento, which lost for the fourth consecutive contest. Mike
Bibby finished with 25 points in the loss.