NBA Game Recap – Wednesday Feb 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson and Al Harrington each scored 26
points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 113-111 overtime win over the Toronto
Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Johnson also dished out nine assists and
grabbed seven boards and Harrington pulled down nine rebounds. Josh Childress
added 15 points and 10 boards and Josh Smith swatted away seven shots for the
Hawks, who have won two straight games and snapped a five game losing streak
to the Raptors. Chris Bosh paced Toronto with 27 points and Charlie Villanueva
had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, the Raptors fifth consecutive
Final Score: Indiana 99, Washington 93
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson scored 26 points to help lead the Indiana Pacers over the Washington Wizards, 99-93, at the MCI Center. Peja Stojakovic added 19 points and nine rebounds and Sarunas Jasikevicius had 14 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Pacers, who have won the first two games of their four-game road trip. Fred Jones tallied 14 points and six boards and David Harrison had 12 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which trailed by as many as 14 points and used an 11-2 run in the fourth to take the lead for good. Gilbert Arenas had 28 points and seven assists to lead Washington, which has dropped two straight since winning three in a row. Antawn Jamison added 20 points and 12 boards for the Wizards, who also had a nine-game home winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: Sacramento 97, Cleveland 90
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Kenny Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-90, at Quicken Loans Arena. Mike Bibby scored 16 points and dished out 12 assists for the Kings, who won for the eighth time in their last 11 games. Brad Miller added 15 points and nine boards. Four other players scored 11 for Sacramento. LeBron James, Ronald Murray and Zydrunas Ilgauskas each scored 19 for the Cavaliers, who lost their fifth straight game and third in a row at home. Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao each tallied eight.
Final Score: Miami 103, Boston 96
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade poured in 24 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out eight assists to lead Miami to a 103-96 win over Boston at TD Banknorth Garden. Shaquille O’Neal added 16 points and nine boards for the Heat, who extended their season-long winning streak to eight games. Shandon Anderson chipped in with 15 points off the bench while Antoine Walker had 13 in the win. Paul Pierce tallied a game-high 38 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Celtics, who lost for the first time in three games. Delonte West recorded 20 points while Wally Szczerbiak donated 12 and pulled down six boards in the loss.
Final Score: Memphis 101, New York 99
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol’s jumper with 2.7 seconds left lifted the Memphis Grizzlies over the New York Knicks, 101-99, at FedEx Forum. Gasol ended with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Memphis, which has won two straight after losing three in a row. Chucky Atkins added 21 points and Eddie Jones had 20 for the Grizzlies, who shot over 50 percent from behind the arc for the game. Jones and Atkins hit a combined 8-of-14 three- pointers. Stephon Marbury had 25 points and 13 assists for the Knicks, who have dropped five in a row and 21 of their last 23 contests. Steve Francis added 19 points for New York, which guaranteed itself of its fourth straight losing season with the setback.
Final Score: Minnesota 100, New Jersey 90
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 16 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets, 100-90, at the Target Center. Rashad McCants had a career-high 21 points and Ricky Davis contributed 20 points and nine boards for the Timberwolves, who have won two of their last three contests. Vince Carter had a game-high 29 points and Richard Jefferson netted 25 and also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost two in a row and are 3-9 in their last 12 road games. Jason Kidd added 20 points and nine assists in the loss, New Jersey’s fourth consecutive against Minnesota.
Final Score: Philadelphia 106, Houston 101
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson dropped in 40 points on 16-of-29 shooting, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out 10 assists to lead Philadelphia to a 106-101 win over Houston at the Toyota Center. Chris Webber added 21 points and 13 boards for the Sixers, who won for the fourth time in their last five outings. Kyle Korver chipped in with 14 off the bench while John Salmons had 10. Tracy McGrady recorded 25 for the Rockets, who lost their second straight game. Yao Ming contributed 22 points and pulled down 13 boards while Rafer Alston had 15 points and Juwan Howard added 12.
Final Score: Denver 98, Detroit 87
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Kenyon Martin had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 98-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Pepsi Center. Carmelo Anthony had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Marcus Camby added 12 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who have won three of their last four games. Ruben Patterson had 13 points and seven rebounds and Andre Miller added 10 points and 11 assists for Denver, which won for only the second time in its last 11 games against Detroit. Chauncey Billups had 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds while Rip Hamilton added 19 points for the Pistons, who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Charlotte 104, Utah 89
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight had 19 points and dished out 10 assists, while Gerald Wallace also had 19 points to lead the Charlotte Bobcats over the Utah Jazz, 104-89, at the Delta Center. Primoz Brezec added 16 points for the Bobcats, who ended a two-game slide and won for just the second time in nine games. Raymond Felton and Jumaine Jones each had 11 points for Charlotte, which improved to 2-3 on its current six-game road trip. Matt Harpring had 22 points and Milt Palacio scored 17 points for the Jazz, who have alternated wins and losses over the last four games.
Final Score: Phoenix 123, Milwaukee 110
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion posted 29 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as Phoenix downed Milwaukee 123-110 at America West Arena. Marion has collected a double-double in six straight games, and leads the league with 44 this season. Steve Nash scored 23 points and dished 13 assists for Phoenix, which won its eighth straight. Boris Diaw added 16 points, and Raja Bell had 14 points. Leandro Barbosa and Pat Burke, who notched a season high, both scored 12 points, while James Jones added 10 points in the win. Michael Redd scored 37 points to pace the Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Rookie Andrew Bogut scored 15 points, while T.J. Ford had 13. Charlie Bell scored 12 points, and Bobby Simmons netted 11. Jamaal Magloire added eight points and 11 boards.
Final Score: Portland 99, LA Lakers 93
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Steve Blake added 19 as Portland put an end to a six-game losing streak with a 99-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Rose Garden. Juan Dixon contributed 12 points to the win, the Trail Blazers’ first since a February 13 triumph at Charlotte and just the team’s second in 12 games overall. Kobe Bryant finished with 35 points for the Lakers, who have dropped six of their last seven on the road. Lamar Odom posted 16 points and eight rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: LA Clippers 89, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 67
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers recorded the best defensive half in NBA history to beat New Orleans 89-67 at the Staples Center. The Clippers held the Hornets to a dismal 16 second-half points after having trailed 51-47 at halftime. Sam Cassell scored 15 points for the Clippers, who have won three straight games. Cuttino Mobley netted 14 points. Vladimir Radmanovic and Shaun Livingston added eight points apiece. Desmond Mason scored 20 points to pace the Hornets, who lost their second straight. P.J. Brown posted 10 points and 11 rebounds, while David West had 10 points. Chris Paul added 12 assists.
Final Score: Golden State 98, Orlando 94
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson poured in 25 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Golden State to a 98-94 win over Orlando at The Arena in Oakland. Derek Fischer added 18 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who snapped a four-game skid. Troy Murphy chipped in with 14 points and 20 boards while Mike Dunleavy had 12 off the bench and Mickael Pietrus added 11 in the win. DeShawn Stevenson recorded 18 points for Orlando, which lost for the 10th consecutive time on the road. Dwight Howard contributed a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards while Keyon Dooling had 13 and Darko Milicic had 12 points and nine boards in the loss.