National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Al Harrington poured in 34 points and pulled
down six rebounds, as Atlanta finally posted its first win of the season by
squeaking past the Boston Celtics, 120-117, at Philips Arena. Zaza Pachulia
added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who entered the contest off to
their worst start in franchise history by losing their first nine games.Paul
Pierce had 33 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, who have
lost four of their last five overall and remained winless in four road games
Final Score: Orlando 91, Washington 83
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points and added seven
rebounds, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Washington Wizards, 91-83.
Starting for the injured Steve Francis, Keyon Dooling added 11 points and
dished out five assists for the Magic, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Francis was inactive after being involved in a minor accident on Saturday
night and suffering a bruised chest, shoulder, and ribs in a single-car crash.
Jameer Nelson also stepped up in the Orlando win, scoring 15 points off the
bench. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 25 points and a season-high 16
rebounds. Washington has now lost five straight games. Gilbert Arenas chipped
in with 19 points and nine assists.
Final Score: Charlotte 108, New York 95
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace netted a game-high 24 points
and Kareem Rush added 22, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to a 108-95 win over
the New York Knicks on Monday night. Wallace, who had missed the previous six
games with a wrist injury, knocked down 5-of-8 shots from three-point range
and grabbed nine rebounds with four assists, as the Bobcats won for just the
second time in nine games.Emeka Okafor finished with 19 points and a game-high
11 boards in the win. Stephon Marbury paced the Knicks with 21 points, eight
assists and five rebounds. Jackie Butler had 13 points off the bench and
rookie Channing Frye chipped in 12 for New York, which lost for the third time
in four games.
Final Score: Miami 100, Portland 79
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade led a balanced scoring attack with 19
points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds, as the Miami Heat defeated the
Portland Trail Blazers 100-79 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Jason Williams added
16 points, while James Posey tied a season-high with 12 points for Miami,
which shot 49 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Blazers 41-35. The
Heat also have won five of their last six games. Darius Miles led the Blazers
with 19 points and Zach Randolph added 16 points and eight boards in the loss.
Portland has lost three of its last four games.
Final Score: Detroit 114, Denver 89
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups poured in 16 points and
dished out 11 assists, as the Detroit Pistons pounded the Denver Nuggets,
114-89, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Richard Hamilton added 19 points with
six assists for the Pistons, who rebounded from their lone loss of the season,
a 37-point rout at Dallas Saturday night, to move to 9-1. Ben Wallace tallied
13 points and 13 boards. Tayshaun Prince chipped in 12 points and Rasheed
Wallace added 11 to go with seven assists. Marcus Camby led Denver with 15
points and 10 rebounds, as the Nuggets saw a four-game winning streak come to
an end. Carmelo Anthony added 12 points in defeat.
Final Score: Phoenix 100, Houston 88
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion led six Phoenix players in double
figure scoring with 19 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Suns
took advantage of an absent Tracy McGrady to beat the Houston Rockets, 100-88,
at the Toyota Center. James Jones also had 19 points and Steve Nash totaled 15
points and 14 assists for the Suns, who have won two straight overall and four
in a row at Houston. Boris Diaw had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for
the Suns, who were 14-of-27 from three-point range. Derek Anderson poured in
23 points and corralled nine rebounds for the Rockets, who have lost five in a
row overall. McGrady missed his third straight contest with a strained back
and the Rockets fell to 0-6 without him in the lineup this season.
Final Score: Milwaukee 108, Philadelphia 97
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd had 32 points, nine rebounds and
seven assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-97 come-from-behind win
over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Bradley Center. Joe Smith contributed 18
points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Bucks, whose 9-0 run early in the
fourth quarter ended a two-game losing streak. Bobby Simmons netted 15 points
in the win — Milwaukee’s fourth in the last 10 meetings with Philadelphia.
Allen Iverson poured in a season-high 45 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the
Sixers, losers of three of their last four games. Chris Webber, Steven Hunter
and John Salmons had 11 points apiece in the setback.
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 84, Minnesota 80
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Paul had 21 points, nine rebounds
and eight assists to rally New Orleans/Oklahoma City past Minnesota, 84-80, at
the Ford Center. Forward David West scored a team-best 22 points and collected
13 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won three of their last four. P.J. Brown
also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards to help the Hornets
erase a large first half deficit. Kevin Garnett had a game-high 24 points and
added 11 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which dropped to 0-4 on the
Final Score: Sacramento 114, New Jersey 105
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Brad Miller had 20 points, 10 assists and
seven rebounds to lead a balanced attack, as the Sacramento Kings defeated the
New Jersey Nets, 114-105, at ARCO Arena. Bonzi Wells had 23 points,
nine rebounds and six steals, Mike Bibby chipped in 25 points and Kevin
Martin added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who
stopped a two-game losing streak. Marc Jackson had 21 points and nine
rebounds off the bench and Nenad Krstic chipped in with 19 points for the
Nets, who have started out their five-game road trip with two straight
Final Score: LA Clippers 103, Toronto 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored a season-high 30
points as the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 103-100 victory over the
Toronto Raptors at the Staples Center. Sam Cassell scored 26 points and dished
out nine assists, while Elton Brand notched a double-double, 21 points and 13
rebounds, for the Clippers, who have won four straight games. Chris Bosh led
the Raptors with 24 points and nine rebounds, while rookie Charlie Villanueva
scored 18 points off the bench for Toronto, which has lost two straight and is
off to a 1-11 start.
Final Score: San Antonio 113, Golden State 89
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan had 19 points and 12 rebounds,
leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 113-89 demolition of the Golden State
Warriors at The Arena in Oakland. Tony Parker scored 26 points, dished out six
assists and grabbed five rebounds for the streaking Spurs, winners of five in
a row. Manu Ginobili netted 14 points in the win — San Antonio’s fourth
straight against the Warriors. Troy Murphy recorded a game-high 27 points for
Golden State, which has dropped two of its last three games. Ike Diogu had 11
points off the bench and Jason Richardson finished with 10 points, as Golden
State fell behind early and never recovered.