Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh converted two huge free throws
with 3.4 seconds remaining as Toronto pulled off an improbable comeback
to beat Milwaukee 97-96 at the Air Canada Centre. Bosh finished with 27
points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who won for the third time in
their last four games. Mike James and Charlie Villanueva each scored 14
points and Morris Peterson added 12. Bobby Simmons led the Bucks with 21
points along with seven boards. Michael Redd tallied 17 points, while
T.J. Ford scored 14 points, dished out eight assists and collected seven
rebounds. Milwaukee had previously won nine straight in Toronto.

Final Score: Dallas 104, Washington 94

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry each scored 25
points to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Washington Wizards, 104-94, at
the Verizon Center. Nowitzki added 13 rebounds and shot 10-of-19 from the
field for the Mavs, who have won three straight and six of their last seven
games. Terry finished 10-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three-point
range. Gilbert Arenas had 26 points to lead Washington, which had a three-
game win streak halted. Antawn Jamison added 21 points and nine boards
while Caron Butler had 18 points for the Wizards, who have dropped five in
a row against Dallas.

Final Score: Utah 111, Atlanta 101

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Deron Williams posted a career-high 28 points,
as the Utah Jazz continued their domination of Atlanta with a 111-101 victory
over the Hawks at Philips Arena. Mehmet Okur contributed 24 points and 10
rebounds for the Jazz, who beat the Hawks for the seventh straight time.
Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 11 boards, while Andrei Kirilenko ended with
18 points and eight assists. The Jazz, who are now three games under .500
(31-34), are trying to climb back toward the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference. Joe Johnson had 25 points to lead the Hawks, losers of four in a
row. Zaza Pachulia tallied 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Al Harrington
finished with 19 points for Atlanta. Josh Smith had 18 points.

Final Score: Orlando 84, Boston 77

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard scored 18 points, grabbed 13
rebounds, and notched a season-high six blocked shots to lead Orlando past
Boston, 84-77, and send the Celtics to their third straight defeat. Jameer
Nelson scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Magic, who have
won two in a row. Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points, grabbed nine boards, and
tied his career-high of four steals. Darko Milicic added 10 points. Paul
Pierce scored 19 points for the Celtics, but was just 5-of-18 from the
floor.

Final Score: Indiana 98, Sacramento 93

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Danny Granger scored 23 points as Indiana
stormed back from a 16-point deficit to down the Sacramento Kings, 98-93, in
Ron Artest’s return to Conseco Fieldhouse. After a tumultuous tenure with
the Pacers, Artest was shipped out of town on January 25 for Peja Stojakovic,
who scored 20 points and collected 12 rebounds in his first game against his
former team. Artest, meanwhile, finished with 18 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Mike Bibby scored a team-high 22 points and Brad Miller added 17 points and
eight boards for Sacramento, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: New Jersey 92, LA Lakers 89

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Nenad Krstic had 26 points and tipped
in a missed shot by Vince Carter with 13.1 seconds left to cement the New
Jersey Nets’ 92-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Continental Airlines
Arena. Carter poured in 24 points and Richard Jefferson netted 16 for the
Nets, who won their fourth straight contest. Jason Kidd contributed 14
assists in the win. Kobe Bryant had 24 points and 11 assists, and Lamar Odom
totaled 18 points and 13 boards for the Lakers, who have lost three of their
last four games. Smush Parker finished with 13 points and nine boards

Final Score: New York 105, Detroit 103

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford’s pull-up jumper over Chauncey
Billups with 2.2 seconds left lifted the lowly New York Knicks over the NBA’s
top team the Detroit Pistons, 105-103, at Madison Square Garden. Crawford
ended with 18 points for the Knicks, who overcame a 16-point deficit to win
their second straight contest. Eddy Curry added 16 points and 11
rebounds for New York, which celebrated its biggest win of the season in green
uniforms that were donned in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Billups ended with
24 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who had a two-game winning
streak halted. Former Knick Antonio McDyess had 18 points, but missed a
pair of free throws with .7 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Final Score: Cleveland 99, Portland 84

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James posted 27 points, nine
rebounds and six steals, as Cleveland beat Portland, 99-84, at Quicken Loans
Arena. Drew Gooden scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds
for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won their fifth
straight game on St. Patrick’s Day. Ronald Murray scored 16 points, and
Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 15. Sebastian Telfair scored 24 points off the
bench for the Trail Blazers, who lost their third straight. Steve Blake
and Zach Randolph scored 17 points apiece, and Darius Miles added 12 points,
but Portland fell for the 17th time in 20 games.

Final Score: Memphis 116, Denver 102

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Mike Miller poured in a career-high 41 points
to lead Memphis to a 116-102 victory over Denver at FedEx Forum. Miller
finished 15-of-24 from the field and knocked down five three-pointers for
the Grizzlies, who won their second straight on their current six-game
homestand. Pau Gasol and Eddie Jones contributed 18 and 17 points,
respectively, to the triumph. Carmelo Anthony had 33 points in the loss, just
the second for the Nuggets in eight games. Ruben Patterson added 17 while
Andre Miller had 13 points and six assists.

Final Score: San Antonio 108, Phoenix 102

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Nazr Mohammed tied a career-high with 30
points and grabbed 16 rebounds as San Antonio edged the Phoenix Suns, 108-102,
in a battle of two of the West’s best at the AT&T Center. Tim Duncan also
posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards while Manu Ginobili
donated 14 points and five assists for the Spurs, who have won three in a row
and remain a half-game behind Dallas in the Southwest Division. Steve Nash
sprang for 30 points and also dished out six assists for Phoenix, which
remains comfortably ahead in the Pacific and would be the second seed in
the playoffs if the season ended today.

Final Score: LA Clippers 99, Philadelphia 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand posted 24 points and 10
rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-89, at
the Staples Center. Cuttino Mobley scored 20 points for the Clippers, who
have won five of six. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 15 points and Corey Maggette
added 11. Chris Kaman had eight points and 12 boards. Chris Webber scored 19
points for the 76ers, who lost their third straight. Kyle Korver and Steven
Hunter scored 17 points apiece. Andre Iguodala notched 11 points and 10
rebounds and John Salmons added 10 points and 12 assists. Philadelphia was
once again without All-Star guard Allen Iverson for the third straight game.
Iverson, who was injured in last Sunday’s 94-91 victory at Memphis, leads the
team in scoring (33.2 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg).