National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Othella Harrington scored a season-high 24
points and Ben Gordon netted 22 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 94-88 victory
over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center. Kirk Hinrich collected 21
points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who halted a four-game
losing streak. Antonio Davis added 11 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 31 points and seven assists, but he also
committed 11 turnovers. Samuel Dalembert notched 16 points and 17 rebounds
before fouling out and Marc Jackson chipped in 11 points and 12 boards.
Final Score: Washington 96, Utah 95
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas, who scored all 22 of his
points in the second half, sank two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to
give Washington a 96-95 victory over Utah at the MCI Center. Larry Hughes had
21 points and Steve Blake contributed 15 off the bench to help the Wizards to
their third win in four games. Andrei Kirilenko racked up 28 points and seven
rebounds for the Jazz, who have now dropped nine in a row.
Final Score: Miami 97, New York 82
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal collected 33 points and 17
rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored 30, leading the Miami Heat to a 97-82 victory
over the New York Knicks. Eddie Jones added 13 points for the Eastern
Conference-leading Heat, who extended their winning streak to 12 games — two
short of the franchise record 14-game win streak they rattled off in December
and January. The Heat did establish one new record on the night by winning
their 15th straight home game. They are now 30-5 at AmericanAirlines Arena
this season. Stephon Marbury scored 23 points and Jamal Crawford had 20 for
the Knicks, who have lost three of four.
Final Score: Boston 113, New Orleans 100
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis scored 27 points, Paul Pierce
added 23 and Boston rolled to a 113-100 win over the Hornets at New Orleans
Arena. Antoine Walker scored 18, Gary Payton chipped in 15 and Tony Allen
contributed 11 for Boston, which has won seven straight. J.R. Smith paced New
Orleans with 21 points. Bostjan Nachbar added 19 off the bench, while Dan
Dickau and Lee Nailon each netted 13 for the Hornets, who have dropped four of
Final Score: Dallas 104, Charlotte 93
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 33 points in the
fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks began life without Don Nelson by
downing the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-93, at American Airlines Center. Nelson
stepped down as the Mavericks head coach earlier Saturday. Nelson, who has
coached in the NBA for 26-plus seasons, cited family reasons for the decision,
but will remain with the team as a consultant. Avery Johnson will take over
head coaching duties on an interim basis. Jason Terry posted 18 points and
nine assists and Marquis Daniels added 17 points and seven rebounds for the
Mavericks, who have won two straight and five of their last seven games. Keith
Bogans poured in 27 points and Primoz Brezec added 16 for the Bobcats, who
have dropped 10 straight and 20 of their last 22 contests.
Final Score: Orlando 97, Portland 92
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Grant Hill netted a team-high 23 points as the
short-handed Orlando Magic defeated Portland, 97-92, at the Rose Garden.
Orlando Magic point guard Steve Francis was suspended indefinitely Saturday by
the NBA for kicking a photographer during Friday’s 98-90 loss at Seattle. NBA
Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson stated that the
length of the suspension will be determined following further investigation.
DeShawn Stevenson netted 16 for the Magic, who halted a seven-game losing
streak, while Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu contributed 15 points apiece in
the win. Dwight Howard pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Viktor Khryapa
poured in a career-high 21 points for the Trailblazers, who have lost four
straight and 10 of their last 11 games.
Final Score: Sacramento 111, LA Clippers 107 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley and Peja Stojakovic each
scored 24 points as Sacramento came through with a 111-107 overtime victory
over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Mike Bibby added 19
points and Kenny Thomas had 16 along with eight rebounds for the Kings, who
rallied from a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining in the
fourth quarter to record their third win in four games. Corey Maggette
posted game-highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who
dropped their second in a row. Elton Brand finished with 22 points and
Bobby Simmons had 19, including a clutch three-pointer with 10 seconds left
in regulation to force overtime.