Monday , Dec , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 28 points and grabbed nine
rebounds as the Boston Celtics held on to knock off the New York Knicks,
102-99, at Madison Square Garden. Ricky Davis added 27 points with five
rebounds and four assists for the Celtics, who won on the road for the first
time this year. Stephon Marbury poured in 35 points for the Knicks, scoring 17
from the free throw line. He also dished out nine assists. New York has lost
two straight and three of its last four games.

Final Score: Phoenix 112, Atlanta 94

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion and James Jones both netted 20
points, as Phoenix dismantled Atlanta, 112-94, at America West Arena. Boris
Diaw-Riffiod added 14 points and nine rebounds while Eddie House also scored
14 for the Suns, who have won six straight games. Steve Nash had 10 points
and seven assists in the win. Joe Johnson scored a game-high 23 points,
but only two came in the second half, for the Hawks, who have dropped
five consecutive contests.

Final Score: Seattle 107, Indiana 102

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in 25 points and added six
rebounds and three steals, as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Indiana
Pacers, 107-102, at KeyArena. Rashard Lewis added 23 points and six boards
for Seattle, which has won three straight. Ronald Murray netted 18 points
on 6-of-9 shooting off the bench, while Luke Ridnour posted 13 points and
seven assists in the victory. Ron Artest led all scorers with 30 points for
the Pacers, who have dropped two of three.

Final Score: Minnesota 85, Sacramento 77

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points and
grabbed nine rebounds to lead Minnesota past Sacramento, 85-77, at ARCO Arena.
Troy Hudson had 17 points and Michael Olowokandi contributed 13 for the
Timberwolves, who have won two straight games. Kevin Garnett added 11 points
and 10 boards in the win. Mike Bibby scored 14 points and Kurt Thomas posted
11 for the Kings, who have dropped three straight following a three-game
winning streak.

Final Score: Utah 98, Portland 93

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur dropped in 28 points and added
eight rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz past the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-93,
at the Rose Garden. Okur shot 12-of-18 from the floor for Utah, which snapped
a three-game skid. Matt Harpring finished with 20 points and hit a clutch
three-pointer down the stretch, while Gordan Giricek contributed 15 points in
the win. Sebastian Telfair and Ruben Patterson each netted 19 points for the
Blazers, who have dropped four in a row.

Final Score: LA Lakers 99, Charlotte 98

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant hit two free throws with seven
seconds remaining and finished with 29 points overall to lift the Los Angeles
Lakers over the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-98, at the Staples Center. Center Chris
Mihm scored a season-high 21 points and collected nine rebounds for Los
Angeles, which has won two of its last three. Sasha Vujacic added 12 points
off the bench in the win. Brevin Knight had 17 points and eight assists for
Charlotte, but missed two critical free throws in the waning moments that
allowed the Lakers to take the lead.