Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh had 29 points and seven boards to
lead the Toronto Raptors over the New York Knicks, 104-90, at Air Canada
Centre. Mike James added 15 points and 10 assists and Morris Peterson had 21
points for Toronto, which has won three straight. Charlie Villanueva had 18
points and nine boards in his first career start for the Raptors, who prior to
the game pulled off a trade with the Knicks. Toronto sent forward Jalen Rose
and a 2006 first-round draft pick to New York in exchange for center Antonio
Davis. Eddy Curry had 17 points, five rebounds and five blocks to lead New
York, which has dropped four straight and 10 of 11.

Final Score: Atlanta 96, Orlando 94

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson’s rainbow jumper with seven-tenths
of a second remaining gave Atlanta its first three-game winning streak in
almost two years with a 96-94 victory over the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena.
The Hawks last won three in a row from April 9-12, 2004. Johnson paced Atlanta
with 23 points and controlled the offense with 11 assists and zero turnovers.
Al Harrington posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Josh
Smith also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Steve
Francis scored a game-high 30 points and Dwight Howard added 24 points and a
game-high 16 rebounds for the slumping Magic, who dropped their fourth
straight contest.

Final Score: LA Clippers 98, Boston 81

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand had 30 points and 11 boards and Sam
Cassell tallied 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Los
Angeles Clippers past the Boston Celtics, 98-81, at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Brand and Cassell sparked a 19-3 surge to end the game for the Clippers, who
have won two straight. Cuttino Mobley added 18 points and Chris Kaman
registered 14 points and 12 boards for Los Angeles, which has won seven of
eight games to move 10 games over .500 (27-17). Wally Szczerbiak had 18
points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost four in a
row. Paul Pierce also had 18 points for Boston, losers in five of six
contests.

Final Score: Charlotte 112, LA Lakers 102

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Jumaine Jones came through with a career-high
31 points as Charlotte ended its franchise-worst 13-game losing streak with a
112-102 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Primoz Brezec added 22
points while Raymond Felton had 16 along with eight assists for the Bobcats,
who hadn’t won since a 111-106 double-overtime decision against Houston on
January 10. Jones, who played for Los Angeles last season, ended 13-of-20 from
the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. Kobe Bryant finished with 35
points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, but the league’s current leading
scorer failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Detroit 87, Philadelphia 80

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points and
the Detroit Pistons defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 87-80, at the Wachovia
Center. Rasheed Wallace scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince added 16, as the
Pistons won their second straight game and improved to a league-best 39-6 on
the season. Detroit took advantage of a Sixers’ squad playing without leading
scorer and emotional leader Allen Iverson. The guard was sitting out his
fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Chris Webber led the Sixers
with 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds, Andre Iguodala tallied 13 points
and three players — John Salmons, Samuel Dalembert and Kyle Korver —
contributed 10 points apiece in the loss.

Final Score: Houston 100, Seattle 77

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in 36 points and Yao Ming
netted 24 along with 14 rebounds, as the All-Star duo led Houston to an
impressive 100-77 victory over Seattle at the Toyota Center. McGrady had 14
points during a decisive third quarter for the Rockets, who dominated the
second half to win back-to-back home games for the first time all season. Yao
recorded his second straight double-double in his third game back from toe
surgery which sidelined him six weeks. Ray Allen topped the SuperSonics, who
had won four of six coming in, with 23 points. Rashard Lewis finished with 21
in the loss.

Final Score: Utah 89, Sacramento 79

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Andrei Kirilenko scored 24 points and
the Utah Jazz took advantage of Sacramento’s offensive futility in the fourth
quarter to record an 89-79 victory at the Delta Center. Milt Palacio
contributed 19 points and Mehmet Okur added 15 in Utah’s second straight
victory. Kirilenko posted 11 rebounds as well. Ron Artest scored 20 points
before leaving the game in the fourth quarter will an apparent hip injury.
Mike Bibby contributed 15 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim tallied 14, as the
Kings lost for the third time in four games.

Final Score: Portland 89, Minnesota 85

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 19 points, including
seven straight late in the fourth quarter, and pulled down 13 rebounds to help
lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 89-85, at the
Rose Garden. Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and
fellow reserve Ruben Patterson netted 12 for Portland, which came into the
contest losers of four of its last six. Kevin Garnett scored 27 points on a
blistering 12-of-13 from the floor to go along with 15 boards and four
assists, but disappeared down the stretch as the Timberwolves lost for the
sixth time in their last eight games. Garnett hit his last bucket with 6:47
remaining and did not shoot the ball again for the rest of the contest. Ricky
Davis added 17 points and Marcus Banks donated 15 with five assists in
defeat.