Wednesday , Nov , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsule

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Michael Redd forced overtime with a three-
pointer and finished with 30 points, and Andrew Bogut was a force in his first
NBA game with 13 points and nine rebounds, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the
Philadelphia 76ers, 117-108, in the season-opener for both clubs. Bucks guard
T.J. Ford, who missed all of last season with a spinal injury, nearly had a
triple-double, as he finished with 16 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
Bobby Simmons poured in 22 points and had 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who gave
head coach Terry Stotts a win in his debut with the team. Bogut, the first
overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft out of Utah, went 6-of-9 from the floor,
and that included a game-sealing three-point play in overtime. Allen Iverson
had 35 points and nine assists and Chris Webber added 32 points and 14
rebounds for the Sixers, who blew a seven-point lead with less than two
minutes left in the fourth quarter and couldn’t post a win for new head coach
Maurice Cheeks.

Final Score: San Antonio 102, Denver 91

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 26 points and Tim Duncan
added 19 points and 10 rebounds, as San Antonio began defense of its NBA title
by posting a 102-91 win over Denver in the season-opener for both teams at SBC
Center. Michael Finley, who was acquired in the offseason after being
waived by Dallas, scored 16 points for the Spurs, who improved to 14-4 all-
time in home openers. Prior to the game, commissioner David Stern presented
San Antonio its 2004-05 NBA championship rings and the Spurs then unveiled
a banner that hung from the rooftops and showed off the team’s third title in
franchise history. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and eight rebounds
while Kenyon Martin contributed 19 for the Nuggets, who have lost 16 of
their last 18 games in San Antonio. Denver played the game without head
coach George Karl, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for a
violation of the league’s draft rules.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 93, Sacramento 67

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – P.J. Brown scored 20 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets opened the regular
season and their new home with a 93-67 victory over the Sacramento Kings at
the Ford Center. Rookie Chris Paul, the fourth overall pick in the 2005
draft, had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Hornets, who
opened a 44-33 lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way. The team was
relocated from New Orleans to Oklahoma City following the devastation
left behind by Hurricane Katrina, which caused damage to the New Orleans
Arena. Peja Stojakovic had 18 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim chipped in 14
for the Kings, who shot a woeful 31.3 percent from the field.

Final Score: Dallas 111, Phoenix 108 (2-OT)

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed 15
rebounds, as Dallas outlasted Phoenix 111-108 in double overtime in the
season-opener for both teams at America West Arena. Jason Terry scored 23
points, including eight in the first overtime for the Mavericks, who rallied
from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to post the improbable win and exact
some revenge from last year’s playoff loss. Dallas was defeated in six games
by the Suns in last year’s Western Conference semifinals. Reigning league MVP
Steve Nash poured in a game-high 30 points and dished out nine assists for the
Suns, who compiled the NBA’s best regular-season record last season before
eventually falling to San Antonio in the Conference Finals. Phoenix, though,
opened this campaign without All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire, who is
expected to be out up to four months after having a microfracture procedure on
his left knee in early October.