11/02/2006 NBA Game Recap
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker led the way for San Antonio with 19
points, as the Spurs avenged a loss to Dallas in the Western Conference
semifinals last year with a 97-91 win in the season-opener for both teams.
Manu Ginobili tallied 16 points, while Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10
rebounds for the Spurs, who edged Dallas for the Southwest division title last
season before falling to the Mavs in the playoffs in seven games. Bruce Bowen
finished with 13 points for San Antonio, while Francisco Elson added 12
points and six boards off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to go
along with 11 rebounds, while Josh Howard scored 20 points for the
Mavericks, who eliminated the Spurs on their way to the Western Conference
title before losing the NBA Championship to the Miami Heat in six games. Jason
Terry contributed 14 points for Dallas, while Austin Croshere, who was
acquired in an offseason trade, added 12 off the bench.
Final Score: LA Clippers 96, Denver 95
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Sam Cassell scored 35 points and hit the winning free throws with 12 seconds left, as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Denver, 96-95, in the Nuggets’ season opener. Denver star Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, but was ejected with 8:22 left in the third quarter after throwing his headband in the direction of official Tom Washington following the argument of a charging foul. It was Anthony’s second technical foul. His first came in the opening minute of the third after arguing a foul call. Tim Thomas poured in 21 points for the Clippers, who suffered a 112-104 loss Wednesday night at Phoenix. J.R. Smith tallied 21 points for the Nuggets, who lost to the Clippers in five games in the Western Conference quarterfinals last season. Guard Andre Miller had a horrific night, going 0-for-11 from the field to finish with five points and seven assists. Marcus Camby picked up the slack with 16 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots. Even without Anthony, Denver built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but blew it.