Friday , Mar , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 21 points, seven
rebounds and seven assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to an 86-82 victory
over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Continental Airlines Arena. Richard
Jefferson had 21 points and eight rebounds and Jason Kidd added 17 points,
nine helpers and six rebounds for the Nets, who are on a roll with seven
straight victories. Nenad Krstic had 13 points and 13 rebounds for New
Jersey, which holds a commanding seven-game lead in the Atlantic Division
and is in the third spot in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Garnett had a game-
high 24 points and pulled down 11 boards, and Marcus Banks and Mark Blount
each added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who had a small two-game winning
streak stopped.

Final Score: Houston 93, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 92

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Yao Ming and Rafer Alston scored 22
points apiece, as Houston edged New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 93-92, at the Ford
Center. Juwan Howard posted 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Keith Bogans
scored 14 for the Rockets, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Alston
scored eight of his 22 points in the last two minutes to hold off the Hornets.
David West notched 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who have dropped
nine of 10.

Final Score: Memphis 95, LA Clippers 85

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones scored 23 points to lead the
Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the
FedEx Forum. Mike Miller put in 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, Pau
Gasol had 15 points and 12 boards and Lorenzen Wright and Chucky Atkins each
scored 11 in the win for the Grizzlies, who have won five straight and trail
the Clippers by 1/2 game for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. Elton
Brand had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Cassell added 21 points for the
Clippers, who have dropped their last two games.

Final Score: Golden State 122, Dallas 121

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 40 points, including a
dramatic buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game for the Golden State
Warriors, who beat the Dallas Mavericks, 122-121, at American Airlines Center.
Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Derek Fisher
added 17 points and dished out seven assists for the Warriors, who have now
won three of their last four games. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 51
points, two short of his career-high, and pulled down nine boards while
Jason Terry contributed 29 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who
fall 1/2 a game behind the idle San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division.

Final Score: Washington 109, Utah 97

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points as
Washington beat Utah 109-97 at the Delta Center, where Jazz legend Karl Malone
had his No. 32 retired in the rafters. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler
scored 27 points apiece for the Wizards, who have won two of three. Antonio
Daniels scored 12 points, while Jared Jeffries added nine points and 12
rebounds. Carlos Boozer notched 30 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz,
who have dropped two of three.

Final Score: Phoenix 125, Portland 108

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Playing in his first game since having off-
season knee surgery, Amare Stoudemire scored 20 points and grabbed nine
rebounds as Phoenix defeated Portland, 125-108 at US Airways Center.
Stoudemire had not played since undergoing surgery October 11, 2005 to repair
a joint surface defect in his left knee. Shawn Marion also scored 20 points
for the Suns, who ended a two game losing streak. Viktor Khryapa scored a
career-high 22 points and collected 12 boards for the Trail Blazers, who
lost their sixth straight game.