Sunday , Nov , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas poured in 44 points and
dished out six assists to lead Washington over Boston, 124-117, in its home
opener at the Verizon Center. The All-Star guard finished 14-of-25 from the
floor for the Wizards, who bounced back after a tough season opening
loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Antawn Jamison added 29
points and eight rebounds for Washington, while Caron Butler deposited 20
points and Antonio Daniels donated 15 off the bench. Wally Szczerbiak netted
33 points for the struggling Celtics, who lost their third straight game to
start the young season. Sebastian Telfair tallied 24 points and handed out
six assists while Paul Pierce contributed 23 points, a game-high 12 rebounds
and five assists.

Final Score: Charlotte 92, Cleveland 88

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Raymond Felton scored 23 points and Brevin
Knight added 17 as the Bobcats shut down LeBron James and beat the Cavaliers
for the first time in franchise history, 92-88, for their first win of the
season. Sean May ended with 14 points and nine rebounds, and had a big block
on James with just over a minute left, as the Bobcats moved to 1-7 all-
time against Cleveland and posted their first win after losses to Indiana
and Memphis to begin the season. James, who came into the contest averaging
34 points in his last three games against the Bobcats, was limited to 16 on
3-of-13 shooting. James also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Drew Gooden
led the way for Cleveland with 21 points and 16 boards, but the Cavs were
dealt their first defeat in three games this season.

Final Score: Indiana 109, New York 95

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Indiana reserve Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 14
of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Al Harrington poured in 32 to help
the Pacers rout the New York Knicks, 109-95. Steve Francis scored 25, 12
from the free-throw line, to lead all New York scorers. Eddy Curry scored 22
and pulled down six rebounds for New York. Stephon Marbury was booed by the
New York crowd for a dreadful night in which he shot 1-for-9 from the
field, only scoring four points while committing six turnovers. The Knicks
have lost two in a row. Jermaine O’Neal added 17 points and seven
rebounds for the Pacers, who outscored the Knicks 32-19 in the fourth.

Final Score: Detroit 95, Memphia 86

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in a game-high 24
points and Rasheed Wallace scored 15 — 12 of which came in the second half —
as the Detroit Pistons topped the Memphis Grizzlies, 95-86, at the Palace of
Auburn Hills. Hamilton finished 9-of-17 shooting with five assists and six
rebounds while Wallace grabbed 13 boards for the Pistons, who have won two
straight. Nazr Mohammed had 13 points and Tayshaun Prince added 12 in the
win. Jason Maxiell came off the bench and set a new career-high with 13
points in just over 20 minutes of action. Detroit shot 51 percent from the
field, but was just 23 percent from three- point range. Hakim Warrick led
the Grizzlies with 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting with six rebounds. Chucky
Atkins scored 19 off the bench and Rudy Gay added 10 with nine boards.
Memphis, which has dropped two of its first three games, shot just 38 percent
from the field and turned the ball over 14 times.

Final Score: Milwaukee 104, Sacramento 91

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd, Charlie Villanueva, and Andrew
Bogut all scored 20-plus points, as the Milwaukee Bucks won their home opener
by trouncing the Sacramento Kings, 104-91. The Bucks shot 50 percent from
the field in the first half, led by Michael Redd, who scored 18 of his
team-high 26 in the half on 6-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from behind
the arc. Bogut ended with 21 points and eight rebounds and Mo Williams had
15 points and 12 assists for the Bucks. Villanueva scored 25 and pulled in
seven rebounds despite a calf injury that kept him out of the fourth
quarter of Milwaukee’s 109-92 loss in Toronto Friday. The Bucks have won
two of their first three.

Final Score: Houston 107, Dallas 76

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming poured in 36 points and played an
instrumental part in Houston’s early blitz, as the Rockets routed the Dallas
Mavericks, 107-76, at the Toyota Center. Yao drained a turnaround jumper and
hit a layup to cap 12 straight points to open the game for the Rockets, who
snapped a four-game skid to the Mavericks and beat Dallas for just the fifth
time in the last 20 meetings. Luther Head added 17 points and Rafer Alston
had 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets in their home
opener. They shot 53.6 percent from the field on the way to their first
victory in three games this year. Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points to pace the
Mavericks, who turned the ball over 22 times to fall to 0-2 this season.

Final Score: Utah 106, Golden State 82

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 14
rebounds and Mehmet Okur led the way with 21 points, as the Utah Jazz
trounced Golden State, 106-82, at the Delta Center. C.J. Miles chipped in 17
points for the Jazz, who were coming off a 108-104 victory against the
Phoenix Suns on Friday. Matt Harpring added 12 points in the victory for
the Jazz, who had four players in double figures. Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy
and Ike Diogu each posted 12 points in the loss for Golden State, which began
a three-game road trip. The Warriors were coming off a 102-89 victory over
the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. They fell to 1-2 on the season. Jason
Richardson and Andris Biedrins added 11 points each. Biedrins also
grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest.

Final Score: Portland 88, Minnesota 86

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Juan Dixon hit a three-pointer with 6.2
seconds left to put Portland ahead, and Kevin Garnett missed a foul-line jump-
shot as the buzzer sounded to give the Trail Blazers a thrilling 88-86 come-
from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota, which
suffered its first loss of the season, squandered a 16-point first-half lead.
Travis Outlaw scored 18 and grabbed 15 rebounds off of the bench to lead all
Blazers. Zach Randolph had another stellar game for Portland, scoring 17 and
grabbing seven rebounds. Portland has won two of its first three. Garnett
paced Minnesota with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but he couldn’t score the two
points the Wolves needed most. Mike James added 19 points and seven assists
for Minnesota.

Final Score: LA Clippers 114, Phoenix 108

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette came off the bench to score
23 points, 16 of which came in the second quarter, and grab 12 rebounds, as
the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Phoenix Suns, 114-108, at the Staples
Center. Sam Cassell scored 23 points for the Clippers, who won their second
straight. Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Elton Brand added 15 points and
10 boards. Steve Nash posted 28 points and 13 assists for the Suns, who lost
their second straight. Shawn Marion notched 25 points and 15 rebounds, and
Kurt Thomas had 15 points and 12 boards. Leandro Barbosa added 13 points.