Thursday , Dec , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Darius Songaila scored 18 points to lead a
well-balanced attack, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors,
105-94, at the Air Canada Centre. Chris Duhon added 16 points and Luol Deng
chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two of
their last three games overall and have beaten the Raptors 10 straight
times. The Bulls had seven players in double-digit scoring and shot 57.8
percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from three-point range. Chris Bosh
led all scorers in the game with 25 points and Mike James chipped in 16
points, six assists and five rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost three
of their last four. The 10-game losing streak to the Bulls is the
longest the Raptors have against any team in the league.

Final Score: Philadelphia 106 Atlanta 101

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 39 points and had six
assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Atlanta Hawks, 106-101, at the
Wachovia Center. Chris Webber added 29 points and eight rebounds for the
Sixers, who have won four straight games. John Salmons added 11 points off
the bench and Shavlik Randolph pulled down 12 rebounds as Philadelphia
defeated Atlanta for the fourth straight time. Al Harrington scored 27
points and had eight boards for the Hawks, who saw their two-game winning
streak come to an end. Tyronn Lue added 21 points off the bench and Joe
Johnson chipped in 17 points with eight assists as Atlanta lost for the eighth
time in its last 10 games.

Final Score: Boston 85, Indiana 71

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce had a game-high 25 points and added
seven rebounds and five assists, as the Boston Celtics defeated Indiana,
85-71, at TD Banknorth Garden. Mark Blount poured in 22 points on 9-of-12
shooting for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Ricky Davis
chipped in eight points and seven assists in the win. Stephen Jackson netted
18 points but shot just 5-of-20 from the floor for the undermanned Pacers, who
had a two-game win streak snapped. Jermaine O’Neal had a double-double with
14 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Johnson also contributed 14 points.
Ron Artest, who publicly asked to be traded from the Pacers this week, did not
play. He has reportedly been told not to attend practices or games while
Indiana tries to find a suitor. Artest had missed the previous two games
before making the comments with a wrist injury, both Pacer wins.

Final Score: Charlotte 91, New Jersey 83

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight scored a season-high 25
points and dished out seven assists as the Charlotte Bobcats downed the New
Jersey Nets, 91-83, at Continental Airlines Arena. Emeka Okafor chipped in 14
points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped an eight-game
losing streak. Okafor also tied a career-high with six blocks. Richard
Jefferson netted 25 points for the Nets, who have dropped three straight
games and five of the last seven. Vince Carter scored 22 points and had 11
rebounds in defeat. As a team, New Jersey shot only 38 percent. Charlotte’s
win was the first in its history against the Nets as New Jersey won the
previous five contests. The Bobcats played without Gerald Wallace for the
second straight game as he remains sidelined with a sprained right index
finger.

Final Score: Orlando 105, New York 90

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard tallied 23 points and grabbed 13
rebounds, as the Orlando Magic welcomed back star forward Grant Hill with a
105-90 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Hill
started the game and scored seven points, all in the first half, in just over
22 minutes of action. The Duke product played three games during the
preseason, but developed a sports hernia in late October and missed the team’s
first 19 games, during which time Orlando compiled an 8-11 record. The former
All-Star played in 67 games for the Magic last season, averaging 19.7
points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. It was more games than the injury-
plagued forward had played in the three previous campaigns combined with
Orlando (47). Hedo Turkoglu led a solid effort from the Magic bench with 18
points, while Pat Garrity scored 17 points and Jameer Nelson added 11 in the
victory. Orlando’s bench outscored New York’s, 48-18. DeShawn Stevenson
contributed 11 points and Steve Francis tallied 10 points for the Magic, who
have won two straight games. Eddy Curry led the Knicks with 23 points and
Quentin Richardson added 16 points in the loss. Stephon Marbury scored 13
points, while Trevor Ariza and Channing Frye each contributed 10 points for
the Knicks, who have lost four straight games.

Final Score: Detroit 109, Sacramento 98

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in 36 points and
Chauncey Billups contributed 28 points and a career-high 19 assists, as the
Detroit Pistons ran past the Sacramento Kings, 109-98, at the Palace. Rasheed
Wallace added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince
contributed 13 points for Detroit, which has won seven of its last eight
contests. Ben Wallace had a solid defensive effort with a season-high 17
rebounds, along with five blocks and four steals. Billups had an outstanding
game offensively, going 10-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-
point range. Brad Miller had a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds for the
Kings, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Mike Bibby and Shareef
Abdur-Rahim added 14 points in defeat.

Final Score: Miami 100, Milwaukee 83

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade led all-scorers with 27 points
and added seven assists as the Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks,
100-83, at Bradley Center. Gary Payton netted 20 points and pulled down six
rebounds and Shaquille O’Neal added 13 points and six rebounds for the
Heat, who have won both of their games since Pat Riley took the coaching job
after Stan Van Gundy resigned on Monday. Miami has won its last three games.
Michael Redd scored 24 points and added six assists and T.J. Ford chipped in
17 points and nine assists for the Bucks, who had a three-game winning streak
stopped.

Final Score: LA Lakers 94, Memphis 79

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant poured in 27 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up a six-game road trip with
a 94-79 victory over Memphis at the FedExForum. Lamar Odom demonstrated his
versatility with 14 points, seven boards and five assists for Los Angeles,
which went 5-1 on its excursion. Smush Parker contributed 13 points,
while Kwame Brown donated nine points off the bench. Forward Mike Miller
poured in a team-high 21 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost three
straight. Reserve players Hakim Warrick and Antonio Burks chipped in 11
points, and Pau Gasol had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 102, LA Clippers 89

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – J.R. Smith led six Hornets in double
figures with 21 points, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City defeated the Los Angeles
Clippers, 102-89, at the Ford Center. David West tallied 20 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds, while Desmond Mason contributed 15 points in the
victory. Speedy Claxton and P.J. Brown each added 14 points, and Chris Paul
scored 13 points and dished out eight assists for the Hornets, who have won
two straight after a five-game losing streak. Sam Cassell led the Clippers
with 26 points and Elton Brand added 22 in the loss. Cuttino Mobley tallied
16 points and Chris Kaman contributed nine points and grabbed nine boards for
Los Angeles, which has lost three straight games.

Final Score: Dallas 102, Phoenix 96

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and pulled down
13 rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 102-96, at
American Airlines Center. Jason Terry chipped in 23 points for the Mavericks,
who won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Josh Howard netted 15
points and had a career-high 18 rebounds off the bench in the win. Shawn
Marion scored 23 points and grabbed a game-high and season-high 19
rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the third straight game. Steve Nash added
20 points and five assists, while Kurt Thomas scored 12 points and seven
rebounds.

Final Score: Houston 111, Golden State 105 (OT)

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Yao Ming tied a season high with 30 points and
grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Houston Rockets upended the Golden
State Warriors, 111-105, in overtime at The Arena in Oakland. Tracy McGrady
tallied 23 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out eight assists, while
David Wesley added 19 points, six boards and six assists in the victory. Ryan
Bowen contributed 13 points and grabbed eight boards and Luther Head
drained the game-tying three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation for
the Rockets, who won their fourth straight game. Jason Richardson poured in
28 points and Baron Davis tallied 27 for Golden State, which has lost three
of its last four games. Troy Murphy donated 19 points and Derek Fisher scored
15 points in the loss.