Thursday , Nov , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

11/01/2006 NBA Game Recap

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard posted 27 points and 11 rebounds
to lead the Orlando Magic over the Chicago Bulls, 109-94. Grant Hill
scored 19 points for the Magic, who won their season opener. Jameer Nelson
added 21 points and Hedo Turkoglu notched 11 points and seven boards. Ben
Gordon scored 24 points for the Bulls, who opened the 2006-07 season with a
108-66 rout of Miami at American Airlines Arena Tuesday. Kirk Hinrich netted
14 points and rookie Thabo Sefolosha contributed 13 points.

Final Score: Philadelphia 88, Atlanta 75

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in a game-high 32 points and had six assists as the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Atlanta Hawks, 88-75, in the season opener for both teams. Andre Iguodala scored 15 points while Samuel Dalembert added 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have won six straight at home against Atlanta. Chris Webber finished with eight points and 13 rebounds in the victory, but shot just 4-of-16 from the field. Joe Johnson scored 25 points on 9-of-23 shooting for the Hawks, who won only eight games on the road last season. Atlanta lost its eighth straight season opener. Zaza Pachulia and Josh Childress each had 15 points and Tyrone Lue finished with 12 as Atlanta shot just 33.3 percent from the field. Pachulia also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Childress had 10 boards.

Final Score: Indiana 106, Charlotte 99

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 106-99, in the season opener for both clubs. Sarunas Jasikevicius added 20 points and Stephen Jackson scored 18 for the Pacers, who used a 19-6 run in the third quarter to take a lead they never relinquished. Emeka Okafor had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Bobcats, who didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with Indiana. Charlotte rookie Adam Morrison, the third overall pick in this past June’s draft, came off the bench and scored 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Brevin Knight also scored 14 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists for Charlotte, which led for most of the first half only to fail to hold on to its lead in the second.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 91, Boston 87

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Paul had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets played the role of spoilers by downing the Boston Celtics, 91-87, on a night dedicated to the late Red Auerbach. David West added 18 points and eight rebounds while Bobby Jackson had 14 points for the Hornets, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Celtics. Offseason additions Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic both had less than stellar debuts. Chandler netted just six points with nine rebounds before fouling out while Stojakovic had 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. Paul Pierce had a monster game in the losing effort, posting 29 points and 19 rebounds. Wally Szczerbiak added 21 points for the Celtics. Boston’s season got off to an emotional start as the Celtics paid tribute to the legendary Auerbach, who passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Auerbach compiled a 938-479 record during his Hall of Fame coaching career and was also 99-69 in the playoffs. The pregame event featured a five-minute video tribute to the late coach as well as a rendition of "Amazing Grace" that was performed by bagpipes. The Celtics announced before the game that they are dedicating their season to Auerbach and both home and away uniforms will feature a black shamrock emblem with the name "Red" in honor of the late coach. The club also plans to develop a special memorial logo on the floor of the Garden.

Final Score: New Jersey 102, Toronto 92

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd started the 2006-07 NBA season in typical fashion with his 76th career triple-double, as the New Jersey Nets bested the Toronto Raptors, 102-92, at Continental Airlines Arena. Kidd finished with 14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his 36th triple- double as a Net. He is two shy of Wilt Chamberlain for third-most in NBA history. Vince Carter had 25 points, 11 rebounds and six helpers while Richard Jefferson added 16 points for the Nets, who won their season-opener for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. Anthony Parker, who spent the last six seasons playing in the Israeli Premier League (2000-02, 2003-06) and the Serie A League (2002-03) after appearing in 16 games with Orlando in the 1999-2000 season, scored a team-high 22 points. T.J. Ford, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Milwaukee in exchange for Charlie Villanueva, netted 19 and dished out seven assists and Chris Bosh scored 14 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of the last six meetings with the Nets.

Final Score: Milwaukee 105, Detroit 97

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd poured in a game-high 37 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Redd finished 14-of-22 shooting and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe as the Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak at Detroit. Charlie Villanueva and Andrew Bogut each scored 16 points while Maurice Williams contributed 14. Villanueva also grabbed 12 rebounds and Bogut had nine. Milwaukee shot 46 percent from the field and had just eight turnovers. Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton both scored 25 points for the Pistons, who turned the ball over 22 times. Billups finished 6-of-14 shooting and Hamilton was 8-for-13 from the field. Tayshaun Prince added 16 points with 11 rebounds, while Nazr Mohammed grabbed 12 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Cleveland 97, Washington 94

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James hit the go-ahead layup with 49.3 seconds left and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds to power Cleveland to a 97-94 win over Washington in the season opener for both teams. It was a rematch from the first-round of this past year’s playoffs when the Cavaliers beat the Wizards in six games, with three Cleveland victories coming by a point. Wednesday’s game was nearly as close with James sinking the go-ahead bucket just as he did in Games 3 and 5 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Larry Hughes tallied 27 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who beat the Wizards for just the fifth time in the last 18 regular season matchups. Drew Gooden ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which made just 15-of-30 free throws. Caron Butler scored 23 points and Antawn Jamison added 20 for Washington, which was outrebounded, 50-33.

Final Score: New York 118, Memphis 117 (3-OT)

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Quentin Richardson scored a game-high 31 points, hitting a pair of free throws with 11.9 seconds left in the third overtime to give New York a 118-117 win over Memphis in the season opener for both teams. Jamal Crawford added 21 points, but missed jumpers at the end of regulation and the first two overtimes that would have given the Knicks the win. Stephon Marbury tallied 19 points and eight assists and Eddy Curry had 17 points and 14 boards for New York, which blew a 19-point fourth-quarter lead only to survive and give Isiah Thomas his first win as head coach of the team he built while serving as president the last three years. Chucky Atkins had 25 points and Hakim Warrick had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, whose deficit was too much to overcome. Rookie Rudy Gay added 21 points and Mike Miller had 18 points for Memphis, which began its comeback early in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Minnesota 92, Sacramento 83

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett posted 24 points and 12 rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Sacramento Kings, 92-83, at the Target Center to begin the 2006-07 season for both clubs. Troy Hudson scored 15 points for the Timberwolves, who finished the 2005-06 season with a disappointing 33-49 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season. Trenton Hassell added 13 points. Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the Kings, who finished last season with a 44-38 record and returned to the postseason for the eighth straight year. Ron Artest posted 16 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which played its first game under former Golden State coach Eric Musselman. Mike Bibby, who had been sidelined after tests on an injured thumb revealed he has a mallet thumb, was a late addition to the starting lineup and contributed 16 points and five boards.

Final Score: Utah 107, Houston 97

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer poured in 24 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as Utah opened its season with a 107-97 victory over the Houston Rockets in a battle of teams that missed the playoffs last season. Deron Williams contributed 18 points and 10 assists, while Mehmet Okur added 17 points for the Jazz, who shot 52.7 percent from the field. Veteran point guard Derek Fisher, who was acquired in the offseason by the Jazz, ended with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Tracy McGrady had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, while Yao Ming had a solid game with 22 points and nine rebounds, going 8-of-12 from the floor.

Final Score: Portland 110, Seattle 106

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 110-106 victory over Seattle. Rookie Brandon Roy scored 20 on 10-of-16 shooting in a homecoming game. Roy attended the University of Washington, and played high school basketball at Seattle’s Garfield High. Seattle led by a score of 99-90 with 5:03 left in the game, but couldn’t hold off the Trail Blazers in the season opener for both teams. Ray Allen scored 22 points for the Sonics, but missed an open three-point shot from the top of the key with five seconds left that would have given his team the lead. Damien Wilkins’ fadeaway shot off the rebound drew iron as the Sonics fell short.

Final Score: Phoenix 112, LA Clippers 104

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion poured in 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 112-104 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. The game marked a rematch from last year’s playoffs when the Suns beat the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. Steve Nash tallied 20 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who rebounded from a 114-106 road loss to the Lakers on Tuesday after blowing a double-digit lead. Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw each contributed 15 points for Phoenix. Elton Brand scored 28 and yanked down 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who last season reached the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign. Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley each had 17 points in a losing cause.

Final Score: LA Lakers 110, Golden State 98

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Ronny Turiaf led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, 14 of which came in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers toppled the Golden State Warriors, 110-98, at the Arena in Oakland. Turiaf, who came off the bench and shot 8-for-10 in just under 25 minutes, also posted a career high in rebounds with nine. Lamar Odom poured in 22 points and nine boards and Luke Walton contributed with 15 points for the Lakers, who defeated the Phoenix Suns in their season-opener on Tuesday. They also won for the second straight game without All-Star Kobe Bryant, who is recovering from knee surgery. Monta Ellis scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Warriors, who dropped to 7-14 in home season-openers. Baron Davis had 18 points, but shot just 6-of-19 from the field. Jason Richardson had 15 points and Trop Murphy grabbed 13 boards.