Monday , Feb , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan made up for a costly goaltending
foul and buried the game-winning shot as time expired in regulation, lifting
San Antonio to an exciting 94-92 win over Cleveland at Gund Arena. Duncan
finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won the
last three meetings with Cleveland, including both matchups this season. San
Antonio has won three of its last four overall. Cleveland was led by Zydrunas
Ilgauskas, who recorded a game-high 26 points and pulled down eight boards.
LeBron James had 20 points and Jeff McInnis added 14 as the Cavs dropped their
third straight game.

Final Score: New York 117, LA Lakers 115 (OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tim Thomas scored 17 of his season-high 35
points in the third quarter, as the New York Knicks held on to defeat the Los
Angeles Lakers, 117-115, in overtime at historic Madison Square Garden.
Thomas, who also had his best point-total as a Knick, connected on 13-of-19
shots from the floor to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight win at home
and season-high-matching third straight win overall. Kobe Bryant had 30
points, including a long three-pointer to even the game late in regulation,
for Los Angeles, which fell for the third consecutive game and slipped to 3-8
over its last 11 games away from home.

Final Score: Dallas 90, New Orleans 86

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 of his 28 points in the
fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 90-86 victory over New
Orleans at American Airlines Center. Nowitzki opened the game by making just
one of his first five shots, but he went 8-of-14 the rest of the way and came
up big down the stretch when Dallas was struggling to hold on. Marquis Daniels
added 13 points for the Mavericks, who have won seven of eight.Lee Nailon
scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Hornets, who have lost four in a
row.

Final Score: Utah 87, LA Clippers 86

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Keith McLeod scored 12 of his game-high
18 points on free throws, and the Utah Jazz held on for an 87-86 victory over
the Los Angeles Clippers at the Delta Center. McLeod made his first 12 from
the line before missing two with 6.5 seconds remaining in the game. That
left the Clippers with a chance to win it, but Bobby Simmons couldn’t
convert a layup at the buzzer after a nice pass inside from teammate Rick
Brunson. McLeod’s 12 free throws made were a career-high, as were his 14
attempts. Raja Bell added 14 points and Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur
scored 11 apiece for the Jazz, who won for just the fourth time in their
last 13 games. Simmons scored 17 points to lead the Clippers, who had a two-
game winning streak snapped. LA has also lost five straight and 31 of its last
32 games in Utah.