Sunday , Mar , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Laron Profit’s putback of a Juan Dixon miss
with 3.1 seconds remaining lifted the Washington Wizards over the Charlotte
Bobcats, 86-84, at Charlotte Coliseum. Brendan Haywood had a season-high 22
points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Wizards, who won for just the
third time in nine games. Gilbert Arenas added 21 points for Washington, which
ended a six-game road slide. Jason Hart had a career-high 20 points for the
Bobcats, who couldn’t hold on down the stretch and fell for the third
straight time. Hart scored 18 of his points in the final quarter, registering
the final 16 points for Charlotte.

Final Score: Philadelphia 98, Atlanta 97

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson had 33 points, six assists and
made a game-saving steal in the final seconds, as the Philadelphia 76ers
grabbed a 98-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Marc Jackson
converted two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to give the lead to the
Sixers, winners of two straight and three of four. Chris Webber added 18
points and eight rebounds to allow Philadelphia to win its second straight on
the road. Jackson had 11 of his 13 points in the decisive fourth, as
Philadelphia shot 17-for-17 from the charity stripe in the final 12 minutes en
route to the win. Al Harrington’s 19 points paced the Hawks, who have now
lost 11 straight games.

Final Score: Orlando 105, New Jersey 81

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Rookie Jameer Nelson scored a career-
high 22 points to lead the Orlando Magic past the New Jersey Nets, 105-81, at
Continental Airlines Arena. Steve Francis had a game-high 26 points for the
Magic, who have won three straight on the heels of a three-game winning
streak. Dwight Howard had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Kelvin Cato added
16 points for Orlando, which shot a sizzling 60-percent from the floor. Vince
Carter tallied 20 points in a losing cause for New Jersey, which has lost
two straight overall.

Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Chicago 87

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason scored 20 points to lead
Milwaukee to a 95-87 win over Chicago in the first of a home-and-home set at
the Bradley Center. Michael Redd and Maurice Williams both netted 16 for the
Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Williams also handed out 11
assists. Kirk Hinrich had 24 points and Ben Gordon contributed 20 for the
Bulls, who have dropped three straight games.

Final Score: Phoenix 129, Portland 116

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion had 26 points and nine rebounds as
the Phoenix Suns thumped the Portland Trail Blazers, 129-116. Jim Jackson had
a double-double with 18 points and a season-high 10 assists for the Suns,
winners of two straight and four of five. Damon Stoudamire had a game-high 30
points on 11-of-21 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds for Portland. The
Blazers have lost four straight and nine of their last 11 contests overall,
and fell to 0-2 under the tutelage of interim coach Kevin Pritchard. He took
over for the fired Mo Cheeks.

Final Score: Denver 105, LA Clippers 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins scored 22 points to lead the
red-hot Denver Nuggets to a 105-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at
Staples Center. Carmelo Anthony added 21 points while Marcus Camby finished
with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, who extended their season-high
winning streak to six games. Bobby Simmons scored 18 points and Elton Brand
chipped in 17 points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who have dropped two of
their last three contests.