Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Lamar Odom scored a team-high 19 points on 8-
of-12 shooting, as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised past Toronto, 102-91, at Air
Canada Centre. Smush Parker went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and finished
with 15 points for the Lakers, who have won three straight. Kobe Bryant took
just 12 shots in the game and netted only 11 points, but dished out a
season-high nine assists in the win. Forward Chris Bosh led all scorers
with 22 points and also collected 10 rebounds, a career-high six assists
and two blocked shots for Toronto, which has dropped two straight and eight of
10.

Final Score: Milwaukee 88, Philadelphia 85

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Michael Redd poured in a game-high 24
points, including six in the final 2:04, as the Milwaukee Bucks scored the
final 10 points, on the way to an 88-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rookie Andrew Bogut had the go-ahead basket with 10.7 seconds left, Maurice
Williams contributed 16 points and Jamaal Magloire added seven points and 14
rebounds for the Bucks, who have beaten the Sixers in all three meetings this
season. Allen Iverson scored 23 points for the Sixers, who have dropped a
season-high four in a row. Samuel Dalembert added 13 points and 12 rebounds,
while Chris Webber scored 11, but missed the potential tying three-pointer at
the buzzer.

Final Score: Chicago 102, Orlando 93

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jannero Pargo scored a season-high 23 points,
as Chicago’s bench boosted the Bulls to a 102-93 victory over the Orlando
Magic at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Luol Deng added 22 points and grabbed
10 rebounds, as the Bulls’ bench outscored Orlando’s 59-24. Pargo led
the Bulls in scoring after spending most of the season on the inactive
list. Mike Sweetney, who chipped in with 12 points, was one of several
players who picked up the scoring slack in the absence of guard Kirk
Hinrich. The Kansas product suffered a concussion when Dallas forward Dirk
Nowitzki elbowed him in the face early in the first period of Monday’s 102-94
loss. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 17 points and 16 boards on the night
before his 20th birthday.

Final Score: New Jersey 97, Charlotte 84

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Vince Carter recorded 23 points, seven
rebounds and five assists to lead the New Jersey Nets past the Charlotte
Bobcats, 97-84, on Wednesday night. Richard Jefferson had 21 points and
seven boards, while Jason Kidd finished with 11 points, 11 assists and eight
rebounds for the Nets, who put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. The
Nets earned their 1000th win on Wednesday. Since entering the NBA in 1976-77,
the Nets have posted a 1000-1362 mark. Brevin Knight paced the Bobcats with a
season-high 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Primoz Brezec netted 11
points in the loss — Charlotte’s fifth in a row.

Final Score: Boston 101, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 87

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in 28 points and
connected on 13-of-16 from the charity stripe, as the Boston Celtics cruised
to a 101-87 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford
Center. Pierce also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ricky Davis contributed 26
points for the Celtics, who have won two of their last three games, but have
still yet to win consecutive contests this season. Mark Blount scored 19
points and Al Jefferson tallied 16 points off the bench, as Boston’s reserves
outscored New Orleans/Oklahoma City’s, 39-17. David West led all scorers
with 29 points, while Chris Paul filled the box score with 16 points, 10
rebounds and six assists in the loss. The Hornets have lost three in a row.

Final Score: San Antonio 98, Miami 84

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan had 28 points and 16 rebounds,
as the San Antonio Spurs continued their domination of the Miami Heat with a
98-84 victory at the SBC Center. Manu Ginobili added 27 points and Tony
Parker contributed 14 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who won their
fifth straight contest and moved to 15-3 this season. The Spurs have won eight
of the last 11 meetings and are 18-1 all-time at home against the Heat.
Miami’s only win at San Antonio was on December 23, 1996. Dwyane Wade had 31
points, six rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat, who lost their third
straight. However, Miami is inching closer at getting back All- Star center
Shaquille O’Neal, who is still sidelined with an ankle injury and has not
played since November 3.

Final Score: Utah 95, Atlanta 83

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring poured in a season-high 30
points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 95-83 win over
the Atlanta Hawks at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur chipped in 17 points, while
Andrei Kirilenko contributed 14 points and a career-high 10 assists for the
Jazz, who have won just twice in their last six games. Milt Palacio added 10
points and nine assists in the win. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 19
points. Salim Stoudamire netted 15 points and Al Harrington had 11 for
Atlanta, which has lost seven in a row to fall to just 2-16 on the season.

Final Score: Minnesota 84, Portland 74

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Marko Jaric scored 19 points, including 10 in
the fourth quarter, as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from 14 points down
to defeat Portland, 84-74, at the Rose Garden. Wally Szczerbiak also poured
in 19 points and Kevin Garnett posted a double- double with 16 points and 14
rebounds for Minnesota, which went a perfect 4-0 on its road trip and has now
won six of seven. Zach Randolph scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down
10 boards for the Trail Blazers, who are losers of six straight.

Final Score: LA Clippers 84, New York 79

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand and Cuttino Mobley both scored
24 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to an 84-79 win over the New York
Knicks at Staples Center. Brand pulled down 11 rebounds, while Sam Cassell
added 16 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who battled back to win for
the third straight time. Los Angeles also improved to 8-1 at home, where
they have won the last seven meetings with New York. Eddy Curry scored 17 of
his 24 points in the first half and grabbed 11 boards for the Knicks, losers
of three of their last four games. Stephon Marbury netted 12 points and
Jamal Crawford chipped in 11 in the loss.

Final Score: Phoenix 118, Golden State 110

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Steve Nash scored 28 points and dished out 14
assists to pace the Phoenix Suns to their eighth consecutive win, 118-110,
over the Golden State Warriors. Shawn Marion had 27 points and 14 rebounds,
while Kurt Thomas totaled 16 points and 17 boards for Phoenix, which used a
big run in the closing minutes to win at the Arena in Oakland for the 12th
time in the last 18 meetings. Baron Davis totaled 28 points and six rebounds
before fouling out for the Warriors, who had their five-game winning streak
broken. Mike Dunleavy added 21 points, Derek Fisher had 18 and Jason
Richardson scored 17.