National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 17 points and Tayshaun
Prince added 16, as the Detroit Pistons ended Miami’s franchise-record
18-game home winning streak with an 80-72 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Ben Wallace had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Central Division-leading
Pistons, who have won six in a row and are second in the Eastern Conference
playoff race. Miami played without All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal for the
third straight game. O’Neal, who is averaging 23 points and 10.6 rebounds
per game, is sidelined with a stomach ailment and viral infection. O’Neal
could play in Thursday’s game at Philadelphia.
Final Score: New York 113, Indiana 112 (OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Michael Sweetney’s putback at the buzzer
in overtime lifted the New York Knicks past the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Jamal Crawford had 32 points for New York, which snapped a
season-high nine-game losing streak. Reggie Miller, in his final game
against the Knicks, poured in 34 points for Indiana, which had a six-game
winning streak stopped and lost for just the second time in its last 10
contests. The Pacers, who had a nine-game home winning streak against New
York halted with the loss, slipped into a tie with the idle Washington
Wizards for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Final Score: Sacramento 124, LA Lakers 105
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kenny Thomas poured in a career-high 32
points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Los
Angeles Lakers, 124-105, at ARCO Arena. Mike Bibby contributed 24 points and
eight assists for Sacramento, which has won three in a row and seven of its
last 10 contests. The Kings moved 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Houston for the
fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Kobe Bryant paced Los
Angeles with 18 points to go along with six assists Caron Butler netted 17
points and Chucky Atkins chipped in 15 points and nine assists for the Lakers,
who have dropped 14 of their last 16 games.
Final Score: Portland 90, New Orleans 81
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10
rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the New Orleans Hornets,
90-81, at New Orleans Arena. Damon Stoudamire added 19 points and nine
assists and Ruben Patterson had 16 points for the Blazers, who ended a seven-
game losing streak. Lee Nailon had 20 points to lead the Hornets, who have
lost three straight overall. P.J. Brown added 14 points and six boards as New
Orleans has dropped eight in a row at home.
Final Score: Memphis 102, Charlotte 95
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shane Battier poured in a game-high 25 points
and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Memphis past Charlotte, 102-95, at FedExForum.
Mike Miller netted 21 points, while Pau Gasol and Lorenzen Wright each had 16
points for Memphis, which has won three straight and six of 10. Wright
finished with 10 rebounds in the win. The Grizzlies remain in eighth place in
the Western Conference playoff race 4 1/2 games ahead of idle Minnesota.
Brevin Knight led the way for the Bobcats with 22 points and 10 assists.
Charlotte has now lost eight straight after winning two consecutive. Emeka
Okafor tallied 19 points and was a lion on the boards, pulling down a game-
high 18 rebounds.
Final Score: San Antonio 136, Golden State 134 (2-OT)
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored a career-high 35 points and
hit the go-ahead basket with 2.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime,
lifting the San Antonio Spurs to a 136-134 win over the Golden State Warriors
at The Arena. Parker also dished out 12 assists and grabbed six rebounds for
the Spurs, who also won a 2-OT game on Saturday night against the Clippers
in Los Angeles. Nazr Mohammed added 19 points and 15 rebounds for San
Antonio, which moved within one-half game of the Phoenix Suns for the best
record in the Western Conference. Baron Davis scored 32 of his 38 points
after halftime for the Warriors, who had their longest winning streak in 14
years come to an end at eight straight. Jason Richardson added 23 points
for Golden State, which is out of playoff contention but was still the
hottest team in the league.