National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson had 35 points and 11
rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets over the Toronto Raptors, 102-92, at Air
Canada Centre. Jefferson went 9-for-17 on the night, including 5-of-8 from
three-point range, as the Nets won their first game of the young season.
Jefferson also made 12- of-14 foul shots. Vince Carter, playing his second
game in Toronto since being traded to the Nets last season, had 20 points,
seven rebounds, and six assists in the win. Jose Calderon and Morris
Peterson both had 20 points off the bench for Toronto, which is 0-2 on
the season after losing its opener on Tuesday to the Washington Wizards.
Final Score: Charlotte 110, Philadelphia 93
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor had a double-double, amassing
24 points and 11 rebounds, as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia
76ers 110-93 at the Wachovia Center. Brevin Knight dictated the game’s tempo
while scoring 14 points and dishing out 15 assists for the Bobcats. Kareem
Rush scored 14 points as well, while rookie Sean May led three Charlotte
players with 11 points. Allen Iverson scored a game-high 29 points for
the 76ers, who are still looking for their first win after three straight
losses to begin the season.
Final Score: Memphis 94, Orlando 85
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones netted 25 points and Pau Gasol
added 22 along with eight rebounds as Memphis downed Orlando 94-85 at TD
Waterhouse Centre. The Grizzlies earned their first victory of the young
season by knocking down 10-of-22 shots from three-point range, with Jones
hitting 5-of-10. The Magic, which lost their second in a row to start the
year, went just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Damon Stoudamire contributed 17
points for Memphis, which rebounded from Wednesday’s 97-78 home loss to Miami.
Steve Francis amassed 22 points and seven assists while Dwight Howard had 16
points in defeat.
Final Score: Detroit 82, Boston 81
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton knocked down the game-winning
jumper just before time expired, as Detroit posted a dramatic 82-81 win over
Boston at TD Banknorth Garden. Hamilton went 11-of-19 from the field and
ended with 26 points while Chauncey Billups contributed 16 and eight assists
for the Pistons, who improved to 2-0 under new head coach Flip Saunders. Paul
Pierce had a game-high 28 points, including 13 in the fourth for the
Celtics, who dropped their first game of the young season. Mark Blount added
16 points, including a basket with just under one second left that was nearly
the difference, and nine rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Washington 86, New York 75
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 27 points
and Antawn Jamison added 20, as the Washington Wizards defeated the New York
Knicks, 86-75, at Madison Square Garden. Brendan Haywood added 11 points and
Michael Ruffin pulled down nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have opened
the season with two straight road wins. Stephon Marbury paced New York
with 19 points and a team-high three assists while Eddy Curry chipped in 12
points for the Knicks, who are still looking for their first win under new
head coach Larry Brown.
Final Score: San Antonio 102, Cleveland 76
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 15 of his 21 points in
the second half and San Antonio overwhelmed Cleveland after intermission to
cruise to a 102-76 victory at the SBC Center. Duncan finished 10-of-17 from
the field and added 10 rebounds in just 28 minutes for the defending
world champion Spurs, who outscored the upstart Cavaliers 52-31 over the
final two quarters to break open a close game. Cleveland, which started its
2005-06 campaign with an easy 109-87 win over New Orleans/Oklahoma City on
Wednesday, got 20 points from star LeBron James, but only eight points after
Final Score: Denver 107, Portland 68
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Marcus Camby scored a game-high 23 points with
17 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a convincing 107-68 victory over the
Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. Voshon Lenard chipped in 17
points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists, while Carmelo Anthony scored 14
points for the Nuggets, who won their first game after losing two straight
to start the season. Denver head coach George Karl returned to the bench
after serving a two-game suspension for violating league rules that
prohibits contact between NBA players not eligible for the draft.
Darius Miles led Portland with 13 points, while Zach Randolph added 12 for the
Trail Blazers, who never led in the contest.
Final Score: LA Clippers 92, Atlanta 77
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley led all scorers with 19
points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Atlanta Hawks, 92-77, at
Staples Center. James Singleton had a double-double with 13 points and 13
rebounds off the bench and Elton Brand had 12 points, nine rebounds, and four
assists for the Clippers, who have won their first two games of the season.
Salim Stoudamire had 15 points, shooting 3-for-4 from three-point range, and
Zaza Pachulia added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost
two in a row.
Final Score: Utah 91, Golden State 85
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur poured in 23 points, 19 of which
came in the second half, and pulled down 14 rebounds as Utah downed Golden
State, 91-85, at The Arena in Oakland. Matt Harpring delivered 15 points in 17
minutes off the bench to help the Jazz to their second straight victory to
begin the season. Jason Richardson and Derek Fisher each scored 18 points for
the Warriors, who failed to achieve its first 2-0 start since 1994-95.
Troy Murphy added 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss before fouling out
late. Golden State played without star guard Baron Davis, who strained
his left hamstring in Wednesday’s triumph over Atlanta, and struggled all
night against the Jazz’s tough defense. The Warriors shot just 37 percent and
produced their lowest point total in 20 games dating back to last season.
Final Score: Seattle 107, Minnesota 102 (OT)
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 32 points, including 11 in
overtime, as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated Minnesota 107-102 at KeyArena.
Allen also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists for the Sonics,
who recorded their first win of the season. Rashard Lewis chipped in 19 points
and Luke Ridnour added 10 points and nine assists in the winning effort. Kevin
Garnett scored a team-high 23 points to go with nine assists and seven boards
for Minnesota, which dropped its first game of the year after winning its
opener against Portland Wednesday. Marko Jaric scored 20 points, and Wally
Szczerbiak donated 16.