National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker tied for team-
high scoring honors, but it was rookie Tony Allen who netted the game-winning
basket as the streaking Boston Celtics edged the Toronto Raptors 110-109 at
the FleetCenter. Pierce went 7-of-15 from the floor to end with 24 points and
added nine rebounds for Boston, which improved to 9-1 since re-acquiring
Walker at the league’s trade deadline. Walker also finished with 24 points to
go along with seven rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, who now lead the
Atlantic Division by 4 1/2 games over idle Philadelphia. Leading Toronto,
which is 2-2 in its last four games, was Jalen Rose with a game-high 35 points
on 12-of-16 shooting.
Final Score: Indiana 103, Utah 84
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson poured in a game-high 28
points, Reggie Miller added 15 and Indiana routed struggling Utah, 103-84, at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Anthony Johnson added 12 while Dale Davis netted nine
points with 12 rebounds for Indiana, which has won three of four and is still
without injured forward Jermaine O’Neal. O’Neal remains sidelined with a
shoulder injury that could be worse than originally thought. Mehmet Okur paced
Utah with 16 points. Andrei Kirilenko chipped in 15 for the slumping Jazz, who
have dropped seven straight, including three in a row on their current five-
game road trip.
Final Score: New Jersey 100, Chicago 84
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter finished with 30 points,
eight rebounds and eight assists and Jason Kidd added 22 points, 11 boards and
eight assists to help the New Jersey Nets roll to a 100-84 victory over the
Chicago Bulls at Continental Airlines Arena. Jason Collins posted 14 points
and 11 rebounds and Nenad Kristic netted 11 points for the Nets, who have won
two straight and three of their last four contests. Andres Nocioni and Ben
Gordon scored 15 points apiece for the Bulls, who have dropped three in a row
and six of their last nine games.
Final Score: Washington 122, Atlanta 93
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 29 points and Larry
Hughes added 23 points and seven assists to lead the Washington Wizards to a
122-93 rout of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Steve Blake recorded 17
points and Etan Thomas had 15 for the Wizards, who used a huge fourth-quarter
run to take command and capture their second straight win. Jared Jeffries,
with 14 points, and Kwame Brown, with 13 points, rounded out the double-figure
scorers for Washington. Tony Delk scored 16 points to lead the Hawks, who have
dropped three in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.
Final Score: Detroit 102, Seattle 95
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 32 points and Rasheed
Wallace added 24, including four straight after a pair of key steals in the
fourth quarter, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 102-95 victory over Seattle
at the Palace. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince chipped in 18 points
apiece for the Pistons, who have won three straight overall and 10 in a row at
home. Rashard Lewis scored 26 points to lead the SuperSonics, who had a two-
game win streak snapped. Ray Allen added 20 points in the loss and Jerome
James had 12.
Final Score: Milwaukee 96, Cleveland 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd poured in 32 points as Milwaukee
snapped a three-game slide with a 96-88 victory over Cleveland at the Bradley
Center. Redd finished 12-of-21 from the field for the Bucks, who led from
start to finish and posted their sixth straight triumph over the Cavaliers on
their home court. Joe Smith contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds to the win.
Cleveland saw its three-game win streak come to an end despite 34 points,
seven rebounds and six assists from LeBron James.
Final Score: Memphis 88, New Orleans 82
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – James Posey scored a game-high 20 points,
Earl Watson added 16 and Memphis pulled away late from New Orleans for a 88-82
triumph at the New Orleans Arena. Brian Cardinal added 14 points with eight
boards, while Lorenzen White chipped in 11 points and eight boards for
Memphis, which has won two straight and seven of nine. Bostjan Nachbar paced
New Orleans with a team-high 19 points. P.J. Brown posted a double-double with
14 points and 13 boards for the Hornets, who have dropped two in a row and
four of five.
Final Score: Houston 108, Portland 77
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – David Wesley and Bob Sura finished with 21
points each to lead the Houston Rockets over the Portland Trail Blazers,
108-77, at the Toyota Center. Sura, who also had six assists, shot 7-of-8 from
the field, while Wesley hit 8-of-10 shots for Houston, which shot 51 percent
for the contest. Tracy McGrady added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists
for the Rockets, who have won six in a row. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points
for the Blazers, who have lost two straight and eight of nine.
Final Score: San Antonio 89, Minnesota 73
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan collected 25 points, 14
rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots to lead the San Antonio Spurs to
an easy 89-73 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at SBC Center. Robert
Horry added 18 points for the Spurs, who have won two straight and seven of
their last nine contests. San Antonio also pulled one-half game ahead of the
Phoenix Suns for the top spot in the Western Conference. Latrell Sprewell
collected 21 points and eight boards for the Timberwolves, who have dropped
three of their last five contests.
Final Score: Denver 120, Charlotte 101
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, DeMarr Johnson
and Francisco Elson added 14 apiece, and the Denver Nuggets rolled to a
120-101 victory over Charlotte at the Pepsi Center. Wesley Person and Eduardo
Najera chipped in 13 points each for the Nuggets, who have won nine of 10.
Keith Bogans scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost eight
straight and 18 of their last 20 overall. Emeka Okafor added 17 points and
eight rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: LA Clippers 110, Orlando 102
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette had 31 points and eight
assists while Elton Brand and Chris Kaman each posted double-doubles as the
Los Angeles Clippers downed struggling Orlando, 110-102, at Staples Center.
Kaman compiled 16 points and 11 rebounds and Brand amassed 13 points and 12
boards to help the Clippers to their second straight triumph. Bobby Simmons
chipped in 16 points towards the win. Dwight Howard scored a career-high 29
points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Magic, who fell for the sixth
consecutive time. Fellow rookie Jameer Nelson tied a personal-best with 22
points, while Grant Hill added 19 in defeat. Steve Francis finished with 15
points and 10 assists for Orlando.