Thursday , Mar , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups had 26 points and 10 assists
to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Toronto Raptors 105-98 at Air Canada
Centre. Tayshaun Prince added 21 points and six rebounds for the Pistons,
who won consecutive games for the first time since ending February with six
straight victories. Richard Hamilton tallied 17 points, six assists and
five boards and Antonio McDyess had 16 points and six rebounds for Detroit,
which has won all three matchups versus the Raptors so far this season and six
in a row dating back to last year. Mike James had 24 points and 11 assists
for Toronto, which had a two-game win streak halted.

Final Score: Washington 107, Charlotte 99

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points as the
Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 107-99, at the Verizon
Center. Antawn Jamison scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the
Wizards, who swept the Bobcats in a home-and-home series. Caron Butler
tallied 18 points while Jared Jeffries added 14. Jumaine Jones led the
Bobcats with 25 points and eight rebounds. Bernard Robinson scored a
career-high 21 points off the bench for Charlotte, which lost its third
game in a row.

Final Score: Orlando 114, Utah 108 (OT)

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson had 25 points on 10-of-17
shooting and dished out nine assists as the Orlando Magic edged Utah in
overtime, 114-108, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points
while Tony Battie posted 19 points and seven rebounds for Orlando,
which has won three of its last four contests since losing six in a row.
Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer both sprang for 30 points for the Jazz, who have
dropped three straight.

Final Score: Denver 101, Indiana 99

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony drained a contested
jumper from the right wing with 2.2 seconds left then watched as Peja
Stojakovic’s three-pointer from the top of the circle rimmed out, as Denver
held off Indiana, 101-99, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Andre Miller scored 21
points and dished out nine assists while Ruben Patterson tallied 14
points, as Denver won its second straight contest. Stojakovic led Indiana
with 22 points and Jackson added 21 while Jeff Foster and Danny Granger
contributed 13 points apiece.

Final Score: New Jersey 78, Portland 65

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored a game-high 26
points and Portland set several records for offensive futility during a five-
point fourth quarter, as New Jersey defeated the Trail Blazers, 78-65, at
Continental Airlines Arena. Richard Jefferson posted 22 points and nine
rebounds while Nenad Krstic added 20 points and five rebounds in New
Jersey’s third consecutive victory. Zach Randolph needed 21 shots to
score his team-high 24 points and Darius Miles added 14 points off the bench.
Steve Blake added 12 as Portland lost its second straight. Portland is just
2-12 since February 15.

Final Score: New York 121, Atlanta 117 (2-OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Nate Robinson’s free throw with 1:10 left in
the second overtime gave New York the lead for good and the Knicks went on to
a 121-117 win against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Robinson
scored 16 of his 18 points from the fourth quarter on, as the Knicks ended a
two-game slide. Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 21 points for New York,
which used its reserves to turn a 13-point deficit into an eventual win.
Joe Johnson had 36 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Hawks,
who have dropped three in a row. Al Harrington added 28 points and Zaza
Pachulia had a career-high 26 points for Atlanta, which fell for the fifth
time in six outings.

Final Score: Milwaukee 104, Chicago 88

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Bobby Simmons had 26 points and nine
rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks cruised to a 104-88 victory over the Chicago
Bulls at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd netted 23 points and pulled down
seven boards and T.J. Ford had 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds
for the Bucks, who have won two straight and three of their last four games.
With the win Milwaukee moved into sole possession of the seventh spot in the
Eastern Conference playoff race, one-half game ahead of Philadelphia. Andres
Nocioni had a career-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Kirk
Hinrich added 19 points and dished out 12 assists for the Bulls, who had a
small two-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Dallas 95, Houston 81

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 30 points and grabbed
11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets, 95-81, at
the Toyota Center. Jason Terry scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who won
for the fifth time in their last six games. Marquis Daniels, Rawle
Marshall and Jerry Stackhouse each added 12. Yao Ming led all scorers with 36
points for the Rockets, who lost their third game in a row. Yao also grabbed
12 boards. Rafer Alston added 18 points. Houston was without Tracy McGrady,
who received an injection for his ailing back.

Final Score: Phoenix 126, LA Clippers 95

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Steve Nash had 25 points and 12 assists as
the Phoenix Suns crushed the Los Angeles Clippers, 126-95, at the US Airways
Center. Boris Diaw had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists , James
Jones had 17 points and Shawn Marion added 14 points and 12 boards for the
Suns, who have won their last two games. Raja Bell chipped in with 16 points
for Phoenix, which has won six of its last seven games against the Clippers.
Elton Brand and Corey Maggette each had 18 points and Sam Cassell added 14
points for the Clippers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: LA Lakers 92, Minnesota 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 19 of his 25 points in
the second half, including four in the final minute, as the Los Angeles Lakers
downed the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves, 92-89, at the Staples Center.
Lamar Odom posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds while dishing
out eight assists and Kwame Brown added 13 points and nine rebounds, as the
Lakers snapped a two-game losing skid. Marcus Banks scored 18 points and
dished out eight assists while Kevin Garnett added 16 points and 14
rebounds in Minnesota’s sixth straight defeat. Rookie Rashad McCants scored
15 points on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench and Trenton Hassell contributed
12 points in the loss.