National Basketball Association Game Capsules
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd recorded his league-leading
seventh triple-double of the season as the New Jersey Nets continued their
late surge toward the playoffs with a 110-98 victory over New York at
Continental Airlines Arena. Kidd scored 28 points, dished out 12 assists and
grabbed 10 rebounds for New Jersey, which sits in ninth place in the Eastern
Conference playoff race, one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers, who were idle
Thursday. With the 12 assists, Kidd passed Lenny Wilkens’ career mark of
7,211 assists to move into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time list. Kidd
has now totaled 7,221 assists and 66 triple-doubles in his 10-year career.
Vince Carter contributed a game-high 32 points, while Nenad Krstic netted 11
points to go along with 10 boards for the Nets, who have won 10 of their last
13 games. Leading the last-place Knicks, who have dropped eight consecutive
contests, was Stephon Marbury with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while
Jamal Crawford added 26.
Final Score: Houston 114, Los Angeles 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 27 points and Yao Ming
added 21, leading the Houston Rockets to a 114-100 victory over the Los
Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Scott Padgett chipped in 16 points for
the Rockets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Houston moved a full
game ahead of Denver for sixth place in the Western Conference standings,
and pulled within one game of fifth-place Sacramento. Both those teams were
idle Thursday. Kobe Bryant posted a triple-double after missing LA’s last
game with an aggravated shin injury. He scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and
10 assists. Caron Butler added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers,
who have lost five straight and 14 of their last 17 games.
Final Score: Dallas 104, San Antonio 68
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Keith Van Horn finished with 17 points and Dirk
Nowitzki added 16 points and eight rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to
a 104-68 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Center.
Marquis Daniels netted 13 points and Alan Henderson chipped in 12 for the
Mavericks, who have won two straight and six of their last seven contests.
Dallas is currently fourth in the Western Conference and holds a 5 1/2 game
lead over idle Sacramento. The Mavericks also pulled within four games of
the Spurs for first place in the Southwest Division. Brent Barry led San
Antonio with 12 points and Tony Parker added 11. The Spurs had a two-game
win streak halted and lost for just the second time in seven games. The Spurs
also fell to 2 1/2 games behind the Western Conference-leading Phoenix