Tuesday , Mar , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 39 points to lead the New
Jersey Nets past the Charlotte Bobcats, 95-91, at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Nenad Krstic added 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Nets, who
snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in their last
eight tries. Primoz Brezec had 20 points and 12 boards for Charlotte, which
was denied its first-ever three-game winning streak. Ironically, the Nets
stopped the Bobcats only other two-game winning streak in franchise history
back in mid-December.

Final Score: Orlando 109, Atlanta 102

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis had 30 points and 10 assists to
lead the Orlando Magic over the Atlanta Hawks, 109-102, at TD Waterhouse
Centre. Dwight Howard added 17 points and 10 boards and Grant Hill had 16
points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who still sit on the outside of
the Eastern conference playoff race. DeShawn Stevenson recorded 14 points
for Orlando, which ended a three-game slide and sits in ninth place in
the conference standings. Josh Childress and Predrag Drobnjak each had 14
points for the Hawks, who have dropped six in a row and 22 of their last
23 contests.

Final Score: Dallas 95, Detroit 88

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Josh Howard scored 24 points and Dirk
Nowitzki added 22 with 10 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 95-88
victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Keith Van Horn contributed
17 points for the Mavericks, who have won six of their last seven games.
The Mavericks, who opened a four-game road trip, avenged a 101-85 loss to
the Pistons earlier in the season in Dallas. Detroit’s Chauncey Billups led
all scorers with 26 points. Ben Wallace pulled down 17 rebounds to go along
with 10 points in the loss and Richard Hamilton scored 23 for the Pistons, who
have lost four of their last five games.

Final Score: Indiana 90, Milwaukee 76

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Reggie Miller finished with 22 points, as the
Indiana Pacers breezed to a 90-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the
Bradley Center. Stephen Jackson netted 13 points and Anthony Johnson added 12
points and seven assists for the Pacers, who have won three of their last
four games and remained three games ahead of Orlando for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic defeated Atlanta on Monday.
Fred Jones and Dale Davis chipped in 10 points apiece for the Pacers. Michael
Redd posted 14 points for the Bucks, who have tied a season high with six
straight losses. Dan Gadzuric collected 12 points and 10 rebounds in the
loss, while Anthony Goldwire netted 11 points.

Final Score: Cleveland 109, New Orleans 108

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored a game-high 44 points
and Drew Gooden converted the game-winning three-point play as Cleveland
overcame a 17-point deficit to claim a 109-108 overtime victory against the
dismal New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena. James went 16-of-29 from
the floor, scoring 17 of his points in the fourth quarter, for
Cleveland, which ended a two-game slide overall and an 11-game losing streak
on the road. Leading New Orleans, which has dropped five of six games, was
J.R. Smith with 22 points, while Bostjan Nachbar added 17 points off the
bench.

Final Score: Chicago 94, Memphis 86

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 25 points and Ben Gordon
tallied 17 to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Memphis Grizzlies, 94-86, at the
United Center. Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 14 boards for the Bulls,
who have won six straight. Andres Nocioni added 12 points for Chicago, which
has won three in a row at home. Bonzi Wells scored 11 of his season-high 30
points in the fourth quarter, as the Grizzlies rallied from an 18-point
fourth quarter deficit to draw within one possession in the final minutes.
Mike Miller had 11 points and nine boards for Memphis, which has dropped two
straight and three of four but remains in seventh place in the Western
Conference playoff standings – one game ahead of Memphis and three behind
Houston.

Final Score: Houston 99, Utah 85

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 44 points to lead
the Houston Rockets to a 99-85 victory over Utah Monday night at the Delta
Center. McGrady was 15-of-21 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-
point range, and made 11-of-16 from the free throw line. He had six rebounds,
four assists and five steals. Mike James added 16 for the Rockets, who
have won four of their last five games. Yao Ming had 15 for Houston, which
won in Salt Lake City for just the second time in 17 trips. Mehmet Okur led
the Jazz, who have lost 11 of their last 13, with 25 points. Matt Harpring
contributed 18 in the loss.

Final Score: Phoenix 123, Denver 114

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion finished with 30 points and 14
rebounds and Steve Nash added 23 points and 12 assists, as the Phoenix Suns
downed the Denver Nuggets, 123-114, at America West Arena. Joe Johnson also
netted 23 points for the Suns, who have won two straight and five of their
last six contests. Phoenix (52-17) is now one game ahead of idle San Antonio
for the best record in the Western Conference. Carmelo Anthony scored 22
points to lead seven Denver scorers in double figures. Andre Miller
collected 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Nuggets, who had
their win streak halted at six games. Denver dropped to 14-2 since the All-
Star break with both of those losses in that stretch coming against the
Suns. Marcus Camby and Wesley Person each scored 14 points for the
Nuggets, who currently hold a two-game lead over idle Minnesota for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Final Score: Sacramento 118, Philadelphia 109

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored a team-high 30 points
as the Sacramento Kings welcomed traded All-Star forward Chris Webber back to
ARCO Arena with a 118-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Mobley went
12-of-21 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from three-point distance, for
Sacramento, which has won nine straight meetings against the Sixers, who had
a three-game winning streak snapped. Peja Stojakovic netted 26 points and
Mike Bibby had 18 for the Kings. Traded for Webber, Kenny Thomas finished
with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Brian Skinner collected 13 points and
a game-high 19 boards in the win for Sacramento, which improved to 10-8
since the deal. Leading Philadelphia, which acquired Webber on February 24th
in a six-player trade, was Allen Iverson with 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting
to go along with eight assists. The 31-year-old Webber, who had been with
Sacramento since 1998, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Sixers
fell to 9-6 with him in the lineup.

Final Score: Washington 114, Portland 106

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points and Etan
Thomas pulled down 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points in Washington’s
114-106 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden. Larry Hughes added 25
points, five rebounds and five assists for the Wizards, who finished a five-
game Western road trip with three wins. Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Trail
Blazers with 19 points. Joel Przybilla had 10 rebounds and Richie Frahm ended
with a season-high 16 points for Portland, which has lost eight of its last
nine games. Sebastian Telfair had 17 in the loss. The Trail Blazers led by
four after the first quarter, but Arenas drove to the basket and dropped in
a layup to give Washington a 39-37 lead with 4:30 left in the second quarter.
The Wizards would not trail again.

Final Score: Golden State 108, New York 100

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis finished with 33 points and nine
assists and Troy Murphy added 19 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Golden
State Warriors to a 108-100 victory over the New York Knicks at the Arena.
Mickael Pietrus added 17 points for the Warriors, who have won two straight
and five of their last six games. Jason Richardson netted 12 points and Mike
Dunleavy added 11. Stephon Marbury posted 31 points and eight assists for
the Knicks, who have dropped three straight and four of their last six games.
Maurice Taylor added 17 points, while Jamal Crawford and Tim Thomas each
netted 13 points. Kurt Thomas collected 12 points and 14 boards in the loss.