NBA Thursday Night Game Recap
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace poured in 27 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons swept the season-series with the
defending champion San Antonio Spurs by posting an easy 83-68 win in a rematch
of the 2005 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. On Christmas Day, Detroit won
the first game between the teams since last year’s title series with a
convincing 85-70 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and the Pistons
looked nearly as impressive in this game. Richard Hamilton added 22 points
and six assists while Tayshaun Prince had 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds
for the Pistons, who have won four of five and 13 of their last 15 games
overall. Chauncey Billups contributed nine points and handed out a game-high
14 helpers in the emphatic win. Detroit, which owns the best record in
the NBA at 28-5, also improved to an impressive 14-3 on the road this
season. Tim Duncan scored 17 points and grabbed 13 boards for the Spurs, who
lost for just the second time in their past eight contests. Tony Parker also
chipped in 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 16 in the loss.
Final Score: Phoenix 112, Golden State 99
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion led a balanced Phoenix attack with 21 points and 12 rebounds, as the Suns led wire-to-wire and blew past the Golden State Warriors, 112-99, at the US Airways Center. Steve Nash contributed 20 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds, while Boris Diaw also had 20 points, as the Suns won for a fourth time in five games. Kurt Thomas added 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Raja Bell scored 17 points. Eddie House scored 15 off the bench for Phoenix, which shot 51.8 percent from the field, including 13-of-25 from three-point range. Baron Davis had 22 points and seven assists to lead the Warriors, who have lost four in a row and nine of 12. Mike Dunleavy tallied 15 points, nine boards and five assists.
Final Score: LA Lakers 99, Cleveland 98
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant put in 27 points and hit the winning jumper with 8.6 seconds remaining to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-98, at the Staples Center. Lamar Odom added 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and Chris Mihm put in 15 points for the Lakers, who have won four of their last five contests. Zydrunas Ilgauskas led all scorers with 29 points and LeBron James added 28 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who have lost two straight and three of the last four contests. James missed a potential winning shot at the buzzer. Drew Gooden added 15 points and pulled down 11 boards for Cleveland, which has lost its last seven road games versus the Lakers.