Wednesday , Mar , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 29 points and Eric Snow
dished out 10 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-76 victory over
the Detroit Pistons at Gund Arena. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 points in the
win, while Drew Gooden contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for
Cleveland, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Cleveland has won four of
the last six games against the defending NBA champions. The game marked a
successful debut for Cavaliers interim head coach Brendan Malone, who took
over after Paul Silas was fired on Monday. Rasheed Wallace scored 25 points
with 10 boards and Tayshaun Prince chipped in 22 points in the loss. Ben
Wallace had eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Pistons,
who had their five-game winning streak halted. Detroit has lost three of
its last four in Cleveland.

Final Score: New Jersey 98, Indiana 91

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 33 points and seven
assists to lead the New Jersey Nets past the Indiana Pacers, 98-91, in the
back end of a home-and-home at the Continental Airlines Arena. Jason Kidd and
Nenad Krstic added 16 and 15 points, respectively for the Nets, who have won a
season-high five straight and six of their last seven. Stephen Jackson led
the way with 23 points for Indiana, which dropped its second consecutive
game overall and lost for the sixth time in its last nine games away from
home. The Pacers, currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, will
play three of their next four on the road.

Final Score: Phoenix 105, Atlanta 94

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire poured in game-high 40
points and hauled down 13 rebounds, while Shawn Marion added 21 points and 11
boards as Phoenix defeated Atlanta, 105-94, at the Philips Arena. Steve Nash
added 13 points and 11 assists for the streaking Suns, who have won
two straight and four of six. The win was the 50th of the season for Phoenix,
which became the ninth team in NBA history to follow-up a 50-loss campaign
with a 50-win season. Al Harrington paced the dismal Hawks with 16 points.
Tyronn Lue and Tony Delk each netted 13, while Josh Smith added 14 points
with 12 boards for Atlanta, which has dropped six straight and 26 of its
past 29 contests and own the league’s worst record at 11-56.

Final Score: Denver 127, Washington 98

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – DerMarr Johnson scored 20 points and Eduardo
Najera added 16 points to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Washington Wizards,
127-98, at the Pepsi Center. Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin added 14 points
apiece for the Nuggets, who had six players score in double figures and set a
season-high in points scored. Earl Boykins had 11 points and nine assists and
Andre Miller had 10 points and seven assists, as Denver has won four straight
and 12 of 13 to remain in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference
playoff race. The Nuggets are 19-5 under Karl and a season-best six games over
.500. Gilbert Arenas had 21 of his 25 points in the first half to lead
Washington, which has lost two of three. Jared Jeffries added 15 points for
the Wizards, who have dropped 10 of 12 on the road.

Final Score: Seattle 92, Milwaukee 84

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 29 points and Luke Ridnour
poured in a career-high 21 points and dished out nine assists to lead the
Seattle SuperSonics over the Milwaukee Bucks, 92-84, at KeyArena. Ronald
Murray tallied 13 points and Antonio Daniels had 10 for the Sonics, who
have won three in a row and five of six overall. Ray Allen missed his first
game after suffering a sprained right ankle in Sunday’s win over the Lakers.
Michael Redd had 22 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost two straight.
Desmond Mason added 21 points for Milwaukee, which has dropped five of seven
overall and six in a row on the road.

Final Score: Houston 84, Miami 82

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 26 points and Dikembe
Mutombo pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to an 84-82
victory over the Miami Heat at the Toyota Center. David Wesley added 14 for
the Rockets, who have won seven of their last nine games. Shaquille O’Neal
scored 23 points with 16 rebounds for the Heat, who had their 12-game winning
streak halted. Dwyane Wade had 20 for Miami, which played without injured
forward Udonis Haslem. Haslem suffered a separated left shoulder in Friday’s
game against New York.

Final Score: Utah 115, LA Lakers 107

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur matched a career-high with
27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as Utah snapped a nine-game losing
streak with a 115-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Delta Center.
Matt Harpring added 23 points and Gordan Giricek had 22 for the Jazz, who
outscored the Lakers 17-7 over the final five minutes to break their lengthy
slide. Andrei Kirilenko contributed 18 points off the bench in the win.
Kobe Bryant finished with 43 points for Los Angeles, but only four came in the
fourth quarter as the Lakers continue to play themselves out of the playoff
race with their sixth consecutive setback. Los Angeles, which carried a six-
point lead into the final period, received 17 points from both Chucky Atkins
and Jumaine Jones in the loss.

Final Score: Sacramento 112, Portland 93

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kenny Thomas had 24 points and nine
rebounds and Peja Stojakovic amassed 23 points as Sacramento downed Portland,
112-93, at ARCO Arena. Cuttino Mobley added 19 points while Mike Bibby
scored 12 and dished out 10 assists to help Kings head coach Rick Adelman
register his 700th career victory. Sacramento, which never trailed at any
point of the contest, has now won two of its last three and remains one game
in front of Houston for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim netted 27 points and Damon Stoudamire recorded 25 along
with 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who fell for the sixth straight game
and 12th time in 13 outings. Joel Przybilla racked up 13 points and 21
rebounds in defeat.