Saturday , Nov , 26 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 24 points on
11-of-16 shooting as the Orlando Magic defeated the Portland Trail Blazers,
104-89. Dwight Howard added 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, eight on the
offensive glass, for the Magic, who have won two straight on their four-game
home stand. DeShawn Stevenson notched 16 points and Hedo Turkoglu contributed
15 points for Orlando, which shot 53 percent from the floor. Darius Miles
scored 23 points and Sebastian Telfair chipped in 20 points and dished out
eight assists for Portland, which has lost two straight games. Joel Przybilla
filled the box score with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for the
Blazers, who struggled offensively over the final 36 minutes.

Final Score: Boston 90, Charlotte 89

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce’s driving layup with three-tenths of
a second remaining gave the Boston Celtics a 90-89 win over the Charlotte
Bobcats at TD Banknorth Garden. Pierce finished with a game-high 27 points
and added eight rebounds and four assists for Boston, which snapped a two-game
skid. Ricky Davis poured in 25 points to go with six assists, and Raef
LaFrentz had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brevin Knight
and Gerald Wallace each scored 17 points for the Bobcats, who have lost
three of their last four. Emeka Okafor had 13 points and 11 boards for
Charlotte, while Keith Bogans contributed 10 points off the bench.

Final Score: Dallas 103, Miami 90

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Josh Howard had 25 points, 11 rebounds and
sparked a key fourth-quarter run as Dallas continued its winning ways with a
103-90 triumph over Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena. Dirk Nowitzki added 23
points and eight boards for the Mavs, who have won seven straight games.
Marquis Daniels added 14 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, which last lost
on November 9 in Philadelphia. Jason Williams had a season-high 24 points,
six rebounds and five assists for the Heat, who have dropped two of their last
three games. Dwyane Wade added 23 points for Miami, which got close in the
final quarter but couldn’t overtake the Mavs.

Final Score: Washington 120, Detroit 114 (2-OT)

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas poured in 39 points and
dished out eight assists, as the Washington Wizards snapped a five-game losing
streak with a 120-114 double-overtime win over the Detroit Pistons at The
Palace of Auburn Hills. Antawn Jamison added 22 points and pulled down 20
rebounds for Washington, which overcame 36 percent shooting to snap a 10-
game skid against Detroit. Caron Butler had 27 points and Chucky Atkins
added 29 before fouling out for the Wizards, who beat the Pistons for the
first time since December 4, 2002. Rasheed Wallace led the way with 33 points
and 11 rebounds for Detroit, which lost for just the second time in 11 games
this season. Chauncey Billups had 21 points before fouling out for the
Pistons, whose other loss came by 37 points at Dallas last Saturday night.

Final Score: Atlanta 87, Indiana 85

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Al Harrington scored 17 points, including
several key shots down the stretch to beat his old team, as the Atlanta Hawks
stunned the Indiana Pacers 87-85 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Harrington led five
Hawks in double-figures as Atlanta has won two straight after starting the
season with nine consecutive losses. Joe Johnson notched 16 points and
dished out nine assists, while Josh Childress tallied a double-double
— 14 points and 13 rebounds — off the bench for Atlanta. The Pacers were
led by Jermaine O’Neal’s game-high 30 points, but struggled down the stretch
without the go-to-ability of starting guard Ron Artest. He missed the game
with a bruised right wrist. Sarunas Jasikevicius contributed 14 points off
the bench for the Pacers, who had won the first three games of their four-game
road trip.

Final Score: Memphis 86, Houston 81

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shane Battier scored 12 of his game-high 20
points in the fourth quarter to lead Memphis to an 86-81 victory over slumping
Houston at FedEx Forum. Eddie Jones added 17 points and Damon Stoudamire had
15 to help the Grizzlies overcome an early 11-point deficit and a halt a two-
game slide. The Rockets were again without All-Star Tracy McGrady and again
struggled as a result. Jon Barry led Houston, which dropped its sixth in
a row, with 16 points off the bench, while Yao Ming compiled 15 points and 12
rebounds in the loss. McGrady sat out his fourth consecutive contest with a
strained back. Houston is 0-7 without him in the lineup this season.

Final Score: Minnesota 99, Milwaukee 91

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Wally Szczerbiak scored 30 points and added
six rebounds and six assists to help lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the
Milwaukee Bucks, 99-91, at the Target Center. Kevin Garnett added 17
points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, who have
won three of their last four games. Marko Jaric added 24 points on 10-of-15
shooting in the win. Michael Redd paced Milwaukee with 28 points and Jamaal
Magloire chipped in 14 points and 10 boards for the Bucks, who have now
lost three of their last four. Joe Smith added eight points and 13 rebounds in
defeat.

Final Score: Chicago 106, San Antonio 99

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Chris Duhon scored 18 points and Ben
Gordon added 19 off the bench, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the San Antonio
Spurs, 106-99, at SBC Center. Duhon also had seven assists and Luol Deng
added another 17 points off the bench for the Bulls, who won their second
straight. Kirk Hinrich chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 10
assists in the win. Tim Duncan netted 24 points with 11 boards and four
blocks for the Spurs, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Michael Finley added
12 points off the bench in the loss.

Final Score: Denver 105, LA Clippers 95

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points on 11-of-17
shooting to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-95, at
the Pepsi Center. Anthony also hit 12-of-14 free throws for Denver, which
has won five of six. Kenyon Martin added 16 points and Andre Miller
tallied 15 points, seven assists and six boards for the Nuggets, who have
won three straight over the Clippers. Corey Maggette’s 22 points led Los
Angeles, which had a four-game win streak halted despite having all five
starters score in double figures. Elton Brand added 20 points and 11 boards
and Cuttino Mobley had 18 points for the Clippers, who got only nine
points from their reserves and fell for just the third time in 12 games this
season.

Final Score: Golden State 94, Utah 90

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 29 points as the
Golden State Warriors recovered from a large first-half deficit to beat the
Utah Jazz 94-90 at the Delta Center. Baron Davis added 13 points and 10
assists, while Mike Dunleavy led three Warriors with 11 points in the
victory. Golden State has won two of its last three games. Deron Williams
tallied a career-high 24 points and dished out seven assists for the Jazz,
who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Matt Harpring had 21 points
for Utah, while Mehmet Okur was held to eight points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Final Score: Sacramento 106, Toronto 104

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Bonzi Wells’ basket with two seconds left
lifted Sacramento to a 106-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Mike Bibby
scored 25 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim contributed 22 points and eight
rebounds for the Kings, who won their second straight contest and beat the
Raptors for the eighth consecutive time at ARCO Arena. Wells finished with
18 points and nine rebounds, while Brad Miller had 16 points, eight
boards and eight assists, including a huge bounce pass in the closing
seconds. Chris Bosh had 22 points for Toronto, which fell to 1-12 this
season. Mike James added 17 points, while Morris Peterson and Rafael Araujo
each finished with 14. Jalen Rose had 11 points, but missed the potential
winning shot at the end.

Final Score: Phoenix 92, New Jersey 81

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Steve Nash poured in 27 points and Phoenix
continued its home dominance of New Jersey with a 92-81 victory at America
West Arena. Raja Bell added 13 points while Kurt Thomas pulled down 19
rebounds to help the Suns win a season-best third in a row. The Nets lost
their third straight overall and 12th in a row at Phoenix, where New Jersey
hasn’t won since March 13, 1993. Vince Carter returned to action for the
Nets after missing a game due to a strained back. He finished with 23 points,
but none of them came in the fourth quarter. Jason Kidd topped New Jersey
with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Richard Jefferson compiled 16 points
and 12 boards.