Thursday , Mar , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 27 points, including 16 in
the fourth quarter, as Boston rallied to beat Atlanta, 95-91, at FleetCenter.
Pierce also had 10 rebounds and Ricky Davis added 21 points in the win.
Antoine Walker had 15 and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who have won five of
their last six games. Tyronn Lue led the Hawks with 25 points. Al Harrington
had 21 with 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost 13 straight games.

Final Score: Toronto 106, Orlando 96

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 15 points and 15 rebounds to
help the Toronto Raptors roll to a 106-96 victory over the Orlando Magic at
the Air Canada Centre. Bosh was one of seven scorers in double figures for the
Raptors, who won for just the second time in five games. Morris Peterson and
Rafer Alston scored 16 apiece in the win, Donyell Marshall and Matt Bonner
each had 14 and Jalen Rose and Rafael Araujo both netted 13. Steve Francis
collected 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Hedo Turkoglu added
21 points for the Magic, who have dropped back-to-back contests.

Final Score: Detroit 92, Golden State 88

Auburn Mills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess scored
20 points apiece to lead the Detroit Pistons over Golden State, 92-88, at the
Palace of Auburn Hills. Richard Hamilton added 14 points, nine rebounds and
seven assists for the Pistons, who snapped a three-game losing streak for
their ninth win in 12 games. Rasheed Wallace chipped in 13 points and made a
jumper with 44 seconds remaining that gave Detroit the lead for good. Baron
Davis scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Warriors, who have lost 10
straight and 20 of their last 23 games at Detroit.

Final Score: New Jersey 86, New Orleans 85 (OT)

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 24 points and had 10
rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets past the New Orleans Hornets, 86-85, in a
wild overtime game at New Orleans Arena. Jason Kidd added 15 points and nine
assists for the Nets, who halted a three-game losing streak. J.R. Smith had 23
points and missed two crucial free throws late for New Orleans, which dropped
its second straight and fifth game in its last seven tries.

Final Score: Phoenix 107, San Antonio 101

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in 44 points and
grabbed seven rebounds to lift the Phoenix Suns to a 107-101 victory over the
San Antonio Spurs at America West Arena. Stoudemire made 17-of-22 field goals
and 10-of-13 foul shots for the Suns, who have won four straight games and are
now tied with San Antonio for the best record in the NBA at 47-14. San Antonio
played without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who are averaging 21.2 and 16.2
points per game, respectively. Duncan sat with a right ankle sprain while
Ginobili was sidelined with a groin injury.

Final Score: Chicago 97, Portland 84

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 25 points and Kirk Hinrich
had 22, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 97-84 victory over the Portland Trail
Blazers at the Rose Garden. Andres Nocioni added 14 points for the Bulls, who
trailed by two points with 10 minutes remaining before outscoring Portland
26-11 the rest of the way for their second straight win. Shareef Abdur-Rahim
collected 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost
six straight.