NBA Game Recap
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half, as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-93, at the Wachovia Center. Carter also had eight rebounds and seven assists. Clifford Robinson finished with 18 points and Jason Kidd contributed 15 points and six assists for New Jersey, which has won three in a row. Travis Best chipped in 14 points in the win. Allen Iverson paced Philadelphia with 37 points, including 28 in the second half. Marc Jackson netted 14 points and Kyle Korver added 13 points and seven boards for the 76ers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.
Final Score: Washington 101, Houston 98
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas had a game-high 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Washington Wizards past the Houston Rockets, 101-98, at the MCI Center. Larry Hughes returned from a thumb injury and added 31 points for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in their last seven games. Hughes, who had not played since January 15, has scored 20 or more points in 11 straight games. Tracy McGrady had 26 points, nine boards and seven assists for Houston, which lost for the fourth time in its last five tries.
Final Score: Orlando 114, Sacramento 111
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis scored 29 points with 10 assists, and the Orlando Magic held off Sacramento for a 114-111 victory at TD Waterhouse Centre. Grant Hill and Dwight Howard added 20 points apiece for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Howard grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, and fellow rookie Jameer Nelson chipped in 19 points and six assists in his third start. Peja Stojakovic returned from a seven-day layoff and scored 28 points to lead the Kings, who have lost three of five. Stojakovic, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury, was 7-of-12 from the field and hit all 11 of his free throws.
Final Score: Seattle 103, Cleveland 86
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in a team-high 31 points as Seattle pasted Cleveland, 103-86, at Gund Arena. Allen ended 11-of-22 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Rashard Lewis added 20 points, while Vladimir Radmanovic came off the bench to contribute 19 points and seven rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have won two in a row and five of their last six games. LeBron James led all players with 32 points, including a career- best 5-of-7 from three-point land for Cleveland, which is in the midst of its first four- game losing streak of the season.
Final Score: Boston 104, LA Lakers 101
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce each scored 29 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 104-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the FleetCenter. Antoine Walker recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in his return to Boston, which has won three straight and nine of its last 13 contests. The trio sparked two different fourth-quarter runs, as the Celtics won for the sixth time in seven tries at home. Chucky Atkins had 29 points to lead the Lakers, who have dropped a season-worst four in a row. Kobe Bryant added 26 points, but missed a potential game-tying shot, as Los Angeles has dropped nine of its last 13 contests.
Final Score: Golden State 99, Minnesota 93
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Derek Fisher posted 23 points and nine assists, as the Golden State Warriors earned a 99-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Jason Richardson netted 21 points and Mike Dunleavy added 19 for the Warriors, who halted a two-game losing streak and won for just the third time in eight contests. Troy Murphy registered 11 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Adonal Foyle chipped in 10 points and nine boards. Kevin Garnett recorded game highs with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have dropped three of their last four games.
Final Score: San Antonio 92, Toronto 86
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tony Parker added 15 and San Antonio held on to defeat Toronto, 92-86, at the SBC Center. Tim Duncan posted a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Robert Horry added a season-high 13 points off the pine for the Spurs, who have won two straight and 19 of their last 25 games. Chris Bosh collected 16 points and eight rebounds to pace the Raptors. Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston each chipped in 15 points, while Donyell Marshall contributed 11 points with nine boards for Toronto, which had a three-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: New Orleans 94, Charlotte 85
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Dan Dickau scored 18 points and J.R. Smith added 17, leading the Hornets to a 94-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at New Orleans Arena. P.J. Brown chipped in 12 points and was a lion on the boards with 15 rebounds for the Hornets, who halted a four-game losing streak. Lee Nailon had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Jackson Vroman had 10 points and 13 boards in the victory. Rookie Emeka Okafor paced the Bobcats with 18 points and eight rebounds. Brevin Knight netted 16 points and Gerald Wallace had 13 for Charlotte, which has lost four of its last five games.
Final Score: Utah 96, Atlanta 74
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur posted 19 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench and Raja Bell added 17 points, as the Utah Jazz cruised to a 96-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Andrei Kirilenko collected 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Jazz, who have won three straight contests on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Matt Harpring added 11 points in the victory and Keith McLeod netted 10. Josh Childress scored a game-high 21 points for the Hawks, who have dropped 10 straight and 13 of their last 14 games.
Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Dallas 92
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored 34 points with eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to a 101-92 victory over Dallas at the Staples Center. Elton Brand added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who picked up just their third victory in 12 games overall while extending their home winning streak to seven games. Bobby Simmons scored 18 in the win. Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 to lead the Mavericks, who had a six-game road winning streak halted. Josh Howard added 16 points in defeat, and Jason Terry scored 12 with 10 assists.