Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Michael Redd returned from a three-game
injury hiatus to tie his season high with 39 points as the Milwaukee Bucks
beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 112-102, and swept the season series. After
sitting out Milwaukee’s last three games with a sprained index finger, Redd
went 15-of-24 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance, and
scored 11 points late in the decisive fourth quarter for the Bucks, who
snapped a two-game losing streak. Leading Charlotte, which has won just once
in its last nine outings, was Brevin Knight with 19 points.

Final Score: Indiana 108, Orlando 84

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 20 points and Fred Jones
added 18 off the bench, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 108-84 victory over
Orlando at TD Waterhouse Centre. Stephen Jackson chipped in 13 points and
Jamaal Tinsley scored all 11 of his during a key 22-0 run, as the Pacers
picked up their third straight win and snapped a two-game losing streak to the
Magic this season. Rookie point guard Jameer Nelson split time with a
struggling Steve Francis and scored 15 points to lead the Magic, who had a
two-game win streak snapped. Francis was just 2-of-10 from the field for six
points in 29 minutes.

Final Score: Toronto 100, New Jersey 82

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose scored a game-high 30 points
to lead five other players in double-figures as Toronto earned a rare road win
by defeating New Jersey, 100-82, at the Continental Airlines Arena. Chris Bosh
collected 16 points and 12 rebounds while Milt Palacio netted 13 for the
Raptors, who won for just the fourth time in their last 12 games. Vince
Carter, who faced his former team for the first time since being dealt in mid-
December, struggled on the night. The All-Star forward scored 22 points on
just 8-of-25 shooting, including 0-for-3 from beyond the arc for the Nets, who
started the second half of the season on a down note.

Final Score: Detroit 97, New York 88

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each
scored 19 points to lead the Detroit Pistons over the New York Knicks, 97-88,
at the Palace. Chauncey Billups added 15 points and eight assists for the
Pistons, who have won five in a row. Pistons head coach Larry Brown missed
the game with the flu. His team didn’t miss a beat, however, winning for the
10th time in 11 outings. Assistant Gar Heard led the troops in Brown’s
absence, and the Pistons captured their seventh straight win at home. Jamal
Crawford led the Knicks with 23 points and six assists. Kurt Thomas had 15
points and 17 rebounds for New York, which has dropped nine of 12 games.

Final Score: Chicago 105, Miami 101 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored nine of his 29 points in
overtime and collected 20 of Chicago’s final 28 points overall, leading the
Bulls to a 105-101 victory over a Miami Heat squad that played all but two
minutes of the game without center Shaquille O’Neal. Included in Gordon’s
spectacular play down the stretch was a trio of three- pointers late in the
fourth quarter that helped the Bulls overcome a seven- point deficit. The
rookie guard then scored eight straight points to start overtime, handing
Chicago a 100-92 lead after Miami’s Eddie Jones tied the game at the fourth
quarter buzzer with a no-look tip-in. O’Neal did not return after straining
his left knee just 1:46 into the first quarter when he landed awkwardly on
Bulls forward Othella Harrington. X-rays performed were negative and the team
said he will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Final Score: Seattle 87, Houston 85

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead
free throws with 16 seconds remaining to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to an
87-85 win over the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Allen scored the
final six points for the Sonics, who overcame a nine-point deficit with 4 1/2
minutes remaining to end their two-game slide. Rashard Lewis added 23 points
and nine rebounds for Seattle, which has won seven of 10. Yao Ming had 30
points, nine rebounds and three blocks before fouling out for Houston, which
had an eight-game win streak halted.

Final Score: Sacramento 114, Atlanta 104

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Webber scored 30 points to lead the
Sacramento Kings to a 114-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at ARCO Arena.
Mike Bibby netted 23 points while Brad Miller posted 16 points and 14 rebounds
for the Kings, who began their post All-Star break run with a victory after
dropping six of seven. Cuttino Mobley added 20 points in the victory. Al
Harrington, who was activated from the injured list earlier Tuesday,
finished with a team-high 25 points for Atlanta, which has dropped five
straight. Antoine Walker contributed 23 points and nine rebounds while Josh
Smith, fresh off his dunk title on All-Star weekend, ended with 19 points and
10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Final Score: LA Lakers 104, Boston 95

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Mihm scored 19 points and pulled down
15 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 104-95 victory over Boston at
Staples Center. Lamar Odom added 21 with 11 boards in the win. Kobe Bryant
also had 21 for the Lakers, who won for just the third time in eight games.
Jumaine Jones contributed 14 for Los Angeles, which beat the Celtics for the
fourth straight time. Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce each scored 25 to lead the
Celtics, who lost for just the third time in nine games. Boston opened a four-
game road trip.