Wednesday , Mar , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson poured in 27 points on 11-
of-15 shooting to lead New Jersey past Washington, 112-100, at the Verizon
Center. Vince Carter added a game-high 28 points, six rebounds and five
assists for the Nets, who won their sixth straight contest. Jason Kidd
chipped in with 14 points, seven boards and nine assists while Nenad Krstic
had 11 points in the win. Gilbert Arenas donated 25 points and dished out
eight assists for the Wizards, who lost for just the second time in their
past six contests. Caron Butler also recorded 25 points while Antawn Jamison
had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Toronto 114, New York 109

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Mike James posted his seventh 30-plus point
game of the season with a game-high 37 points and Chris Bosh poured in 31, as
the Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks, 114-109, at Madison Square
Garden. James also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists while
Bosh added seven boards in the victory. Charlie Villanueva contributed 15
points and eight boards and Morris Peterson donated 11 points for the
Raptors, who have won two straight and four of their last five contests.
Channing Frye led the Knicks with 19 points before leaving with a knee injury
midway through the fourth period. Frye was taken to the locker room where x-
rays were negative. The forward is listed as day-to-day with a sprained left
knee ligament. Jamal Crawford sprang for 16 points and Qyntel Woods added
15 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which lost its second straight
game. Stephon Marbury donated 14 points and Nate Robinson tallied 12 in
defeat.

Final Score: Charlotte 108, Orlando 102

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace poured in a game-high 27
points to lead Charlotte to a 108-102 victory over Orlando, as the Bobcats
handed the Magic their franchise-record 16th consecutive road loss. Primoz
Brezec added 22 points for the Bobcats, who snapped a a four-game skid.
Bernard Robinson chipped in with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Raymond
Felton had 16 points and 13 assists. Jumaine Jones tallied 13 points in the
win. Hedo Turkoglu had 24 points and nine assists for Orlando, which lost
for the 17th time in its past 22 outings. Jameer Nelson netted 19 points
and dished off eight assists while Dwight Howard contributed 17 points and 15
rebounds. Orlando surpassed its 15 straight road defeats, set November 24 –
January 24, 1990.

Final Score: Dallas 88, Houston 72

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his game-high 28
points in the fourth quarter to lead Dallas to an 88-72 rout of the Houston
Rockets at American Airlines Center. Jerry Stackhouse tallied 16 points
and Jason Terry scored 12 for the Mavericks, who swept the four-game
season series. The Mavericks shot just 40.5 percent from the field, but won
for the fourth time in five games. Dallas, which improved to 30-5 at home,
remained a half-game behind San Antonio for the top spot in the Western
Conference. Yao Ming scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds for Houston,
which lost its sixth straight game. Luther Head had a team-high 16 points
and Rafer Alston contributed 13 points for the Rockets.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 120, LA Clippers 108

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Rasual Butler scored a career-high 32
points to lead the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to a 120-108 victory over
the Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Arena. David West had 21 points and
11 rebounds and Chris Paul added 21 points and nine assists for the
Hornets, who broke an eight-game losing streak and won for the first time
this month. The Hornets also won for the first time in three attempts
this season in this building, which was ravaged by flooding from Hurricane
Katrina prior to the start of the season. Corey Maggette had 25 points,
Elton Brand scored 24 points and pulled down eight boards and Vladimir
Radmanovic added 18 points off the bench for the Clippers, who had a small
two-game winning streak stopped.

Final Score: Minnesota 100, Miami 96

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis netted 26 points and dished
out 10 assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat, 100-96,
at the Target Center. Kevin Garnett added 23 points and pulled down 11
rebounds for Minnesota, which won for the second straight game. Marcus
Banks, Mark Blount and Marko Jaric all donated 12 points in the victory.
Dwyane Wade dropped in 35 points and had eight assists for the Heat, who saw a
five-game winning streak come to a halt. Alonzo Mourning had a double-double
with 21 points and 12 boards while Shaquille O’Neal did not play for Miami as
he sat out with a sore right thumb.

Final Score: Memphis 105, Indiana 75

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol led six Grizzlies in double figures
with 23 points while also pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out seven
assists, as Memphis routed Indiana, 105-75, at FedExForum. Bobby Jackson and
Shane Battier each tallied 14 points for Memphis, which won its fourth
straight contest. Chucky Atkins, Eddie Jones and Mike Miller sprang for 11
points apiece in the win. Anthony Johnson and Jeff Foster scored 15 points
apiece to pace Indiana, which shot just 35.4 percent from the field. Peja
Stojakovic tallied 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who
have lost two straight and three of their last four games. David Harrison also
scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: San Antonio 107, Golden State 96

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points
and dished out seven assists for the San Antonio Spurs, who downed the Golden
State Warriors, 107-96, at the AT&T Center. Tim Duncan put up a double-double
with 21 points and 13 boards and Beno Udrih contributed 13 points off the
bench for the Spurs, who have now won five straight contests and remain 1/2
game ahead of Dallas for the Midwest Division lead. Derek Fisher led his
team with 27 points and Jason Richardson chipped in 20 points for the
Warriors, who saw a modest two-game win streak halted. Troy Murphy had 15
points and seven rebounds while Mike Dunleavy totaled 11 points and eight
boards in a losing effort.

Final Score: Sacramento 105, Seattle 96

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ron Artest poured in a season-high 34 points
as the Sacramento Kings knocked off the Seattle SuperSonics, 105-96, at ARCO
Arena. Mike Bibby added 30 points and dished out eight assists for the Kings,
who won for the first time in three games. Kenny Thomas posted a double-double
with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Bonzi Wells chipped in 10 points off
the bench for Sacramento. The Kings have now won 14 games in a row at home.
Ray Allen paced Seattle with 23 points and seven rebounds as the SuperSonics
lost for the second time in the last three games overall. Chris Wilcox had 16
points and 19 boards while Rashard Lewis added 15 points in the loss.

Final Score: Utah 107, Phoenix 99

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Andrei Kirilenko turned in a tremendous
all-around effort with 22 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and four blocked
shots, as the Utah Jazz overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Phoenix
Suns, 107-99, at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur scored in a game-high 24
points and pulled down 14 rebounds while Carlos Boozer recorded 23 points
and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who find themselves two games behind
Sacramento for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Steve Nash scored
20 points and dished out 10 assists while Raja Bell dropped in 18 points and
Boris Diaw tallied 16 points for the Suns, who have lost back-to-back
games.