Wednesday , Jan , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in 27 points to lead Boston
past Atlanta, 98-94, at Philips Arena. Ricky Davis added 21 points and eight
rebounds for the Celtics, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Delonte West added 15 points, eight boards and seven assists while Mark Blount
also scored 15 points in the win. Zaza Pachulia had 18 points and nine
rebounds while Al Harrington contributed 16 points for the Hawks, who
failed in their bid to win three straight contests for the first time this

Final Score: New York 92, Cleveland 84

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford scored 20 of his team-high 26
points in the second half, as the Knicks used a suffocating defense late in
the game to rally for a 92-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken
Loans Arena. Crawford, who had missed the last two games with a sprained
left foot, also had 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes off the
bench, as New York rallied from an 11-point deficit late in the third
quarter to extend its season-high winning streak to four games. It’s the
Knicks’ longest victory surge since taking five in a row, January 30 –
February 8, 2004. Stephon Marbury added 22 points for the Knicks, while
Channing Frye had 16 and Eddy Curry scored 12. LeBron James continued to
sizzle for Cleveland with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but
the Cavaliers missed 13 consecutive shots late in the fourth quarter on the
way to their second defeat in three games. Cleveland was held without a
field goal for more than seven minutes late in the last quarter.

Final Score: Charlotte 111, Houston 106 (2 OT)

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace had 26 points and 14 rebounds,
while Emeka Okafor scored 21 points in his return from an ankle injury as
Charlotte outlasted Houston 111-106 in double overtime. Okafor, who had been
sidelined since December 19 with a sprained right ankle, also grabbed eight
rebounds but aggravated the injury with 1:36 remaining in the second overtime.
Primoz Brezec finished with 20 points and Brevin Knight netted 15 along with
18 assists to help the Bobcats stop a four-game slide. Juwan Howard and David
Wesley each recorded season-bests of 28 and 26 points, respectively, for the
shorthanded Rockets, who have dropped eight of 10. Howard added 12 rebounds
and Rafer Alston delivered 20 points in a losing cause. Houston fell to 0-9
this year without Tracy McGrady in the lineup. The All-Star guard was carried
off Sunday’s loss to Denver on a stretcher after suffering back spasms.

Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Minnesota 92

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 22 points and grabbed
seven rebounds to lead Milwaukee past Minnesota, 95-92, at the Bradley Center.
Jamaal Magloire added 15 points and seven boards while Toni Kukoc chipped in
14 points for the Bucks, who put an end to a three-game losing streak. Marko
Jaric had 21 points while Wally Szczerbiak netted 20 for the
Timberwolves, who have dropped three straight contests. Kevin Garnett had 14
points and 13 boards while Trenton Hassell also scored 14 points in the loss.

Final Score: Memphis 99, Sacramento 85

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Mike Miller notched the fourth triple-double in
Grizzlies’ history with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as Memphis
defeated the Sacramento Kings, 99-85, at FedEx Forum. Pau Gasol led the
Grizzlies with 27 points and Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 16 and grabbed
eight rebounds off the bench in the victory. The night, though, belonged to
Miller, who spurred a second quarter flurry with clutch perimeter shooting,
then did a little bit of everything during the decisive third period. Bobby
Jackson added 15 points for Memphis, which has won six of its last seven
games. Mike Bibby paced the Kings with 26 points and eight assists
while Peja Stojakovic donated 19 points and Kenny Thomas notched a double-
double with 16 points and 10 boards in the loss. Brad Miller struggled with
just five points and four rebounds for Sacramento, which lost for the third
time in four games.

Final Score: Detroit 96, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 86

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points to
pace Detroit to a 96-86 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at
the Ford Center. Chauncey Billups contributed 18 points and six assists for
the Pistons, who have won three of their last four contests and continue
to carry the best record in the NBA at 27-5. Rasheed Wallace added 15
points and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 for Detroit. Chris Paul, who was
originally expected to be sidelined two weeks with a torn ligament in his
right thumb, started and scored 13 points in the Hornets’ second straight
defeat. David West topped the Hornets with 20 points, while Speedy Claxton
scored 18.

Final Score: San Antonio 96, New Jersey 91

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan racked up 27 points and 12
rebounds as San Antonio stopped New Jersey’s 10-game win streak with a 96-91
victory at the SBC Center. Tony Parker scored 18 points and Manu Ginobili
added 16 as the Spurs ran their own home win streak to 12 games. The defending
world champions are 17-1 at the SBC Center this season. Vince Carter poured
in a game-high 34 points for the Nets, who hadn’t lost since a home
setback to Charlotte on December 14. Jason Kidd compiled 15 points and
eight boards in the setback. New Jersey played without guard Richard
Jefferson, who was forced to leave Sunday’s contest at Toronto because of
back spasms and did not dress for this game.

Final Score: Denver 139, Phoenix 137 (3 OT)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 43 points and hit the
game-winning jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining in triple-overtime to give the
Denver Nuggets an exciting 139-137 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi
Center. Anthony also had 11 rebounds, while Earl Boykins added a career-high
33 points and dished out eight assists, including a key helper on Anthony’s
final shot, as the Nuggets won for the fourth time in five games. Raja Bell
had 30 points and six assists, Shawn Marion added 28 points and 14 rebounds
and Steve Nash finished with 26 points and 13 assists before fouling out for
the Suns, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. It marked
Phoenix’s second triple-OT game in 2006, as the Suns lost at New York, 140-133
on January 2.

Final Score: LA Clippers 90, Orlando 73

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Chris
Kaman added 15 as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic, 90-73,
at Staples Center. Chris Wilcox, starting in place of the injured Elton
Brand, scored just five points but grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in the
victory. Brand is day-to-day with a hip injury. Sam Cassell tallied 13
points and Daniel Ewing added 10 points and six rebounds to help the
Clippers snap a two-game losing streak. Jameer Nelson paced Orlando with 18
points and five assists, but backcourt mate Steve Francis struggled with 10
points on 3-of-16 shooting in the loss. DeShawn Stevenson contributed 13
points and Hedo Turkoglu added 11 for Orlando, which has lost four of its
last five games.