Monday , Mar , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose poured in 30 points, Donyell
Marshall added a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto
Raptors defeated Cleveland, 105-98, despite a franchise-record 56 points by
Cavaliers guard LeBron James. Rafer Alston chipped in 16 points for Toronto,
which snapped a two-game slide. Chris Bosh, who played despite a lower back
injury, scored 11 points with seven rebounds in 39 minutes. James reached the
50-point plateau for the first time in his young career, and at 20-years old
and 80 days became the youngest player in NBA history to turn the trick. James
ended 18-of-36 from the floor and also grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with
five assists. He was 6-of-12 on three-pointers and 14-of-15 from the free
throw line.

Final Score: Detroit 110, San Antonio 101

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and
handed out six assists, as the Detroit Pistons defeated the San Antonio Spurs,
110-101, at The Palace. San Antonio All-Star forward/center Tim Duncan was
forced to leave the game early in the first quarter with a severely sprained
right ankle. He suffered the injury after he landed on the foot of Detroit’s
Rasheed Wallace following a basket. Duncan had to be helped off the court and
was taken for X-rays, which came back negative. He will be further evaluated
and is expected to miss at least two games. Tayshaun Prince collected 22
points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have won five in a row overall
and 12 straight at home. Wallace netted 15 points and Carlos Arroyo added 13
for Detroit.

Final Score: New Jersey 94, Indiana 85

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Vince Carter poured in a game-high 39
points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead New Jersey over Indiana, 94-85, at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Nenad Krstic added 18 off the bench and Jason Kidd posted
a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards for the sudden surging Nets, who
have won four straight and eight of 12 overall. Stephen Jackson paced Indiana
with 21 points. Anthony Johnson added 18 while Fred Jones came off the bench
to contribute 14 points for the Pacers, who had a brief two-game winning
streak snapped.

Final Score: Phoenix 97, Memphis 91

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson had 28 points and eight rebounds to
lead the Phoenix Suns past the Memphis Grizzlies, 97-91, at FedExForum. Shawn
Marion added 14 points and 16 boards for the Suns, who won their second game
in three tries and their sixth in their last eight. Shane Battier had 20
points and Lorenzen Wright chipped in 19 with eight rebounds for Memphis,
which had a three-game winning streak stopped.Prior to the game, the Grizzlies
activated star forward Pau Gasol from the injured list. Gasol, who totaled
four points in 12 minutes, had missed 26 games with plantar fasciitis in his
left foot.

Final Score: Minnesota 94, Houston 86

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett poured in 30 points, grabbed
17 rebounds and handed out six assists to lead Minnesota to a 94-86 win over
Houston at the Target Center. Wally Szczerbiak finished with 20 points and Sam
Cassell came off the bench to score 18 for the Timberwolves, who snapped their
two-game losing streak. Yao Ming had 21 points and Tracy McGrady added 15
points and seven boards for the Rockets, who have dropped two straight
following a six-game winning streak.

Final Score: Denver 114, Milwaukee 103

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Andre Miller scored 22 points, handed out eight
assists and grabbed five rebounds to lead Denver to a 114-103 win over
Milwaukee at the Pepsi Center. Kenyon Martin netted 19 points and Carmelo
Anthony contributed 15 for the red- hot Nuggets, who have won three
straight overall and 11 of their last 12 contests. Denver is now a sizzling
18-5 under head coach George Karl, who took over on January 27. Desmond Mason
had a game-high 24 points and Michael Redd added 23 for the Bucks, who had
their two-game winning streak halted. Dan Gadzuric hauled in a game-high 12
boards in the setback.

Final Score: Golden State 104, Sacramento 94

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Troy Murphy poured in 29 points and grabbed
14 rebounds as Golden State defeated Sacramento 104-94 at Arco Arena. Murphy
went 9-of-17 from the field and hit 7-of-10 from the free throw line for
Golden State, which has won three straight and four out of its last five.
Zarko Cabarkapa chipped in 17 points off the bench, while Mike Dunleavy and
Baron Davis each netted 13 in the win. Mike Bibby paced the Kings with
24 points and eight assists. Kenny Thomas finished with 18 points off the
bench for Sacramento, which has lost two of its last three.

Final Score: Seattle 102, LA Lakers 100

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored a team-high 27 points
and grabbed 11 rebounds as Seattle edged the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-100, at
Staples Center. Ronald Murray chipped in 25 points off the bench for the
SuperSonics, who have won two straight and four of their last five. Antonio
Daniels ended with 13 points in the win, but Seattle guard Ray Allen left
the game in the first quarter after spraining his right ankle. X-rays, though,
were negative. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 30 points, 16 of which
came in the fourth quarter. Caron Butler netted 29 for the Lakers, who have
lost five straight and fell 3 1/2 games back of Denver for the eighth
spot in the Western Conference.