National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 16 points to lead a balanced
attack, and Chicago defeated Toronto, 94-85, at Air Canada Centre. Ben Gordon
tallied 13 points off the bench, while Antonio Davis had 12 for the Bulls,
who won their third straight game and eighth in a row over Toronto. Jalen
Rose poured in a game-high 30 points with nine rebounds for the Raptors, who
lost for the third time in four games. Rose finished the night 12-of-12 from
the free throw line, and Rafer Alston had 15 points in the losing effort.
Final Score: Phoenix 120, Charlotte 105
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson and Shawn Marion scored 26 points
apiece, and the Phoenix Suns established a team record with their 28th road
win of the season, rolling to a 120-105 victory over the Bobcats at Charlotte
Coliseum. Amare Stoudemire added 23 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the
Suns, who also matched a franchise record with their ninth straight road win.
Jason Hart scored 21 points off the bench to lead Charlotte, which has lost 14
of its last 16 games.
Final Score: Indiana 100, San Antonio 93
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Reggie Miller reached the 25,000 career-
point mark, finishing with 21 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-93 victory
over the San Antonio Spurs. Miller, who entered the game with 24,992 points
in his career, scored six of Indiana’s first 12 to get within two of the
milestone. He recorded the 25,000th point of his career with two free
throws with 2:08 remaining in the first quarter. Miller, who is retiring
after the season, became just the 13th player in league history to reach
25,000 points. Austin Croshere, Anthony Johnson and former Spur Stephen
Jackson each scored 18 points and Jeff Foster grabbed 15 rebounds in the
Final Score: New York 107, Boston 82
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford scored 21 points to lead six
players in double-digit scoring, as New York halted Boston’s seven-game
winning streak by routing the Celtics, 107-82, in Madison Square Garden.
Trevor Ariza netted 14 and Tim Thomas added 13, while Maurice Taylor came off
the bench to contribute 13 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which has won
two straight and three of four. Antoine Walker was the only Celtic to score in
double-digits, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Final Score: Philadelphia 107, Detroit 84
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Rookie Andre Iguodala recorded the first
triple-double of his career and Allen Iverson scored a game-high 39 points,
leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-84 win over the Detroit Pistons at the
Wachovia Center. Iguodala posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the
Sixers, winners of four of their last six games. Iverson, the league’s scoring
leader, also dished out 10 assists and Chris Webber netted 19 points in the
win. Philadelphia is No. 8 in the Eastern Conference playoff race, as it holds
a one game lead over the idle Orlando Magic for the final postseason berth.
Rasheed Wallace paced the Pistons with 17 points and nine boards.
Final Score: Minnesota 107, New Orleans 102
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett finished with 24 points and
13 rebounds as Minnesota held on to defeat New Orleans, 107-102, at the Target
Center. Troy Hudson netted 20 and Sam Cassell had 14 points off the bench for
the Timberwolves, who won for the second straight time after dropping their
previous two. J.R. Smith and Jamaal Magloire led seven players in double
figures as each had 20 in the losing effort. New Orleans has dropped three
straight and seven of its last nine.
Final Score: LA Clippers 116, Milwaukee 108
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored 34 points on 10-of-15
shooting, and the Los Angeles Clippers led wire-to-wire for a 116-108 victory
over Milwaukee at the Staples Center. Elton Brand added 24 points and 10
rebounds for the Clippers, who have won two straight on the heels of a two-
game slide. Bobby Simmons scored 16 points in 21 minutes off the bench, and
Shaun Livingston collected 11 assists and two points in his first NBA start.
Michael Redd scored 31 points to lead the Bucks, who have dropped three
straight overall and five in a row against the Clippers in LA.
Final Score: Dallas 109, Golden State 97
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 10 rebounds to
lead Dallas past Golden State, 109-97, at The Arena in Oakland. Keith Van Horn
had 24 points and Jason Terry added 23 for the Mavericks, who have won four
straight and six of their last seven games. Baron Davis and Mickael Pietrus
both had 22 points in the loss for Golden State. Derek Fisher netted 14 points
as the Warriors saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.