National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Brad Miller had 24 points and 10 rebounds as
the Sacramento Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks, 102-93, at Philips Arena. Kevin
Martin contributed 19 points and nine boards and Mike Bibby and Ron Artest
each scored 18 points for the Kings, who have won three in a row and four of
their last five games. Bibby also dished out eight assists. Al Harrington
chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Johnson netted 19 for the
Hawks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Marvin Williams added 17
points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Final Score: Boston 99, Indiana 98
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce posted 31 points and eight assists
as Boston beat Indiana, 99-98, at the TD Banknorth Garden. Delonte West
netted 17 points for Boston, which has won three of it last four games. Wally
Szczerbiak and Ryan Gomes scored 13 points apiece, and Raef LaFrentz
added 11 points and 11 boards. Peja Stojakovic scored 24 points for
Indiana, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Stephen Jackson scored
20 points and Fred Jones had 16. David Harrison chipped in 10 points.
Final Score: Chicago 108, New York 101
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon drained the go-ahead three-pointer
with 31.7 seconds remaining, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 108-101
win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gordon ended with 32
points and backcourt mate Kirk Hinrich registered a game- high 33 points,
thanks in part to 12-of-13 free throw shooting, as the Bulls won for the
second time in three outings. Luol Deng had 17 points and a season-high 15
rebounds for Chicago, which won for just the third time in nine road contests.
Steve Francis had 18 points and Quentin Richardson tallied 16 for the Knicks,
who have lost six in a row. Malik Rose added season-highs of 15 points and 10
rebounds and Stephon Marbury had 15 points for New York, which blew a double-
digit second-half lead to lose for the 22nd time in 24 outings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 119, Washington 113
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson erupted for 47 points and
dished out 12 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Washington
Wizards, 119-113, at the Wachovia Center. Chris Webber added 30 points, 12
rebounds and eight assists while Andre Iguodala netted 19 points for the
Sixers, who improved to 5-1 since the All- Star break. Gilbert Arenas had a
team-high 33 points and donated eight assists for Washington, which has
dropped three in a row. Antawn Jamison tallied 24 points and 15 rebounds, and
Caron Butler also posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards.
Final Score: Houston 89, Denver 78
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady had 23 points, 11 rebounds and
four blocks to lead the Houston Rockets to an 89-78 victory over the Denver
Nuggets at the Toyota Center. Yao Ming had 21 points and eight boards and
Stromile Swift netted 15 and pulled down six rebounds for the Rockets, who
snapped a two-game losing streak and have won four of their last six contests.
Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 34 points and Marcus Camby contributed
10 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Nuggets, who have lost
two of their last three games.
Final Score: Dallas 90, Charlotte 76
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed nine
rebounds to lead Dallas over Charlotte, 90-76, at American Airlines Center.
Jason Terry added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Mavs, who got back
into the win column after having their six-game winning streak halted on
Thursday against San Antonio. Dallas also extended its club-record home
winning streak to 16 games. Gerald Wallace had 14 points and grabbed eight
rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped three of four.
Final Score: Phoenix 123, Orlando 118
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion scored 24 points, including a
pair of alley-oop dunks in the final minute, as Phoenix rallied from a five-
point deficit with under four minutes remaining to beat Orlando, 123-118, at
US Airways Center. Tim Thomas scored a season-high 20 points, including 5-of-8
beyond the arc, in his debut with Phoenix, which won its league-leading
ninth straight game. Steve Nash notched 18 points and 13 assists, while
Boris Diaw posted 18 points 11 assists and nine rebounds. Leandro
Barbosa scored 17 points, and Raja Bell added 11. Jameer Nelson, who hadn’t
played since January 20th after suffering a sprained right foot, scored 24
points to pace Orlando, which lost its fourth straight. Carlos Arroyo scored
a season-high 21 points, while Hedo Turkoglu had 20. Dwight Howard netted
15 points, and Keyon Dooling added 12.
Final Score: Utah 105, LA Clippers 103
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Deron Williams connected on a jumper
with 2.4 seconds left in the game to lift the Utah Jazz over the Los Angeles
Clippers, 105-103, at the Delta Center. Williams finished with 10 points,
seven assists and five rebounds for the Jazz, who have won two of their last
three games and snapped a three-game home losing streak. Mehmet Okur paced
Utah with 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point
range. Devin Brown added 16 points off the bench and Carlos Boozer donated 11
points and 10 boards.
Final Score: Detroit 98, Seattle 96
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton netted 20 points, including
the game-winning jumper with 0.2 seconds left, as Detroit edged Seattle,
98-96. Rasheed Wallace had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups
tallied 21 points and 11 assists for Detroit, which has won seven of eight.
Tayshaun Prince scored 11 points and Antonio McDyess netted 10. Ben Wallace
added nine points and 10 boards for the Pistons. Ray Allen posted 31 points
and nine rebounds for Seattle, which has lost three of four. Rashard Lewis
scored 20 points, while Luke Ridnour had 16. Chris Wilcox added 14 points.
Final Score: LA Lakers 106, Golden State 94
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and became the
youngest player in NBA history to 16,000 points, as the Los Angeles Lakers
built a huge lead in the third quarter on the way to a 106-94 victory over
the Golden State Warriors. Bryant was just 11-of-29 from the field, but
went 4-of-8 from three-point range and 16-of-18 at the foul line. Bryant
was 27 years, 192 days old on Friday, when he broke the 16,000 point mark.
That’s four days younger than the previous mark, established by Wilt
Chamberlain on March 5, 1964. Michael Jordan had been second at 28 years,
31 days. Chris Mihm added 16 points and Brian Cook scored 12 for the Lakers,
who have won two of their last three heading into Saturday night’s home
game against the Detroit Pistons. Jason Richardson hit for 27 points and Baron
Davis returned to the lineup with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting for Golden
State, which has dropped five of its last six. Troy Murphy added 18 points
for the Warriors, who shot just 33.3 percent for the game, including 27.8
percent (20-of-72) over the final three quarters.