National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Tony Parker posted 32 points and a season-high
13 assists, as San Antonio, minus Tim Duncan, beat the Toronto Raptors,
125-118, in overtime at the Air Canada Centre. Michael Finley scored 23
points, while Sean Marks scored a career-high 16 for the Spurs, who won
their season-best seventh straight game. Manu Ginobli and Rasho Nesterovic
added 14 points apiece in San Antonio’s 11th victory in its last 12 games.
Mike James scored 36 points to pace Toronto, which lost its second straight
game. Chris Bosh notched 30 points and 14 boards, while Morris Peterson scored
25 points, as the Raptors fell for the sixth time in nine contests.
Final Score: Washington 129, Golden State 124
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas poured in 45 points and
Caron Butler netted a season-best 34 to lead Washington to a 129-124 victory
over Golden State at the MCI Center. Butler added a game-high 15 rebounds
and Washington climbed over .500 for the first time since November 19 with its
fifth win in six outings. Arenas made an impressive 23-of-25 free throw
attempts and the Wizards ended 48-of-55 from the charity stripe to snap the
Warriors’ two-game win streak. Jason Richardson delivered 31 points while
Baron Davis had 28 along with 13 assists for Golden State, which has lost
its last six on the road. Mickael Pietrus finished with 18 points and Troy
Murphy had 14 along with 12 rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Indiana 101, Portland 69
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson poured in 25 points and
Peja Stojakovic tallied 23, as the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 101-69 victory
over the Portland Trail Blazers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Fred Jones scored 14
points, David Harrison contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds and Danny
Granger added 11 — all off the bench — in the victory. Scot Pollard scored
six points and pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds for Indiana, which
boosted its winning streak to three games. Zach Randolph led Portland with 25
points, but even he did most of his damage from the free throw line. The
forward drained 13-of-16 from the stripe and the club made 26-of-36 on the
night. The starting backcourt of Maryland Terrapin products, Steve Blake
and Juan Dixon, combined to make just 2-of-13 from the floor in
Portland’s second straight defeat.
Final Score: New Jersey 96, New York 83
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 22 points and
dished out seven assists to lead the New Jersey Nets over the New York Knicks,
96-83, at Continental Airlines Arena. Richard Jefferson added 18 points and
eight assists for the Nets, who have won three straight overall. Nenad Krstic
chipped in 14 points and eight boards for New Jersey. Jalen Rose scored 22
points to lead New York, which has dropped seven straight and 13 of 14.
Channing Frye added 17 points for the Knicks, who again played without
injured guard Stephon Marbury and got just 10 points from their starting
backcourt of Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson.
Final Score: Charlotte 100, Philadelphia 92
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Melvin Ely paced a balanced Charlotte
attack with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats bested Philadelphia
100-92. Rookie Raymond Felton added 15 points before leaving the game with a
sprained ankle for the Bobcats, who won a third straight game for the
first time in franchise history. Former Sixer Jumaine Jones recorded a double-
double with 14 points and 14 boards while Brevin Knight had 13 points
and dished out 14 assists in the win. Allen Iverson and Kyle Korver each
paced the Sixers, who lost their second straight and for the fourth time in
their past five outings, with 20 points. Iverson, who had scored at least 30
points in his last seven outings, was held to just one point in the fourth
quarter. Chris Webber added 17 points and 12 boards in the loss while Samuel
Dalembert had 14 points and five blocks.
Final Score: Detroit 97, LA Clippers 87
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored half of his 22 points
during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 97-87 triumph
over the Los Angeles Clippers. Rasheed Wallace tallied 19 points and
Chauncey Billups added 18 for the Pistons, who became the first NBA team
to reach 40 wins (40-8) and snapped their only two-game skid so far this
season. Detroit has won eight in a row at The Palace. Elton Brand had 30
points and nine rebounds and Cuttino Mobley ended with 27 for the Clippers,
who had a four-game victory streak snapped. Chris Kaman totaled 13 points
for Los Angeles, which lost for only the second time in 11 contests. The
Clippers finished 4-2 on their six-game road trip.
Final Score: Milwaukee 94, Orlando 89 (2-OT)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 27 points and Jamaal
Magloire grabbed 18 rebounds as Milwaukee beat Orlando, 94-89, in double
overtime at the Bradley Center. Dan Gadzuric scored 17 points, while Bobby
Simmons scored 15 for Milwaukee, which has won two of its last three games.
T.J. Ford scored 11 points and Charlie Bell added 10. Hedo Turkoglu scored 27
points to pace Orlando, which lost its second straight game and fourth in a
row on the road. DeShawn Stevenson scored 14 points, and Dwight Howard posted
11 points and 14 rebounds. Pat Garrity added 10 points. Orlando shot 3-for-17
in the two overtimes.
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 109, Seattle 102
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Rasual Butler’s wide-open three with 15
ticks left put New Orleans/Oklahoma City in front to stay, as the Hornets
defeated Seattle, 109-102, at the Ford Center. David West poured in 26
points and pulled down 10 rebounds and P.J. Brown added 21 points and nine
boards in the Hornets’ fifth victory in six games. Butler scored 14 points
and Kirk Snyder posted a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 12
assists in the victory. Rashard Lewis scored a game-high 34 points and Ray
Allen struggled to 18 points on 6-of-21 shooting. Luke Ridnour and Nick
Collison scored 12 points apiece in Seattle’s fourth straight loss.
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Minnesota 91
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-
double with 35 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, as Cleveland rallied
from a 15-point deficit for a 97-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at
the Target Center. Zydrunas Ilgauskas ended with 21 points for the
Cavaliers, who have won back-to-back contests and nine of their last 11.
Donyell Marshall totaled 10 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which
outrebounded the Timberwolves, 51-41. Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 18
rebounds and six assists, while Ricky Davis tied a season-best with 33 points
for the Timberwolves, who have dropped four of their last five.
Final Score: LA Lakers 89, Houston 78
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 24 of his game-high 32
points in the second half to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Houston
Rockets, 89-78. Bryant hit 13-of-29 shots and keyed a crucial 16-3 run
late in the third quarter to help the Lakers end a four-game slide and
finish a season-long seven-game road trip 2-5. Brian Cook added 27 points and
10 boards for Los Angeles, which ended a three-game slide to the Rockets and
evened the season series with Houston at a game apiece. Rafer Alston had a
team-high 16 points and eight assist for the Rockets, who had a four-game win
streak halted. Tracy McGrady was held to just 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting
for Houston, which opened a three-game homestand by having its two-game win
streak at the Toyota Center halted.
Final Score: Phoenix 108, Memphis 102
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion recorded 21 points and pulled
down 16 boards before fouling out with 7.7 seconds remaining to lead Phoenix
to a 108-102 win over Memphis at US Airways Center. The league’s reigning
MVP, Steve Nash, hit three key free throws down the stretch and also
contributed a double-double for the Suns, who have won four of their last
five games. Nash finished with 14 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on
the night. Leandro Barbosa added a game-high 24 points off the bench while
Boris Diaw had 18 points and James Jones had 16 in the win. Bobby Jackson
netted 17 points for the Grizzlies, who lost their fourth straight
outing. Eddie Jones added 16 points while Pau Gasol had 15 points and Antonio
Burks had 12 in the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 110, Denver 107
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 30 points to lead the Chicago
Bulls past Denver, 110-107, at the Pepsi Center. Darius Songaila scored 21
points for the Bulls, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Luol Deng
scored 16 points, while Andres Nocioni added 15. Tyson Chandler grabbed 14
rebounds. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points to pace Denver, which has lost
six of its last seven games following a seven-game winning streak. Andre
Miller scored 22 points, while Earl Watson scored 14 points. Eduardo Najera
scored 13 points, and Earl Boykins added 12.