11/05/2006 NBA Game Recap
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan poured in 26 points and Tony Parker
added 19 — two of five Spurs in double figures — as San Antonio downed
Toronto, 103-94, at Air Canada Centre. Manu Ginobili tallied 12 points,
Fabricio Oberto donated 12 points with nine rebounds and Brent Barry
recorded 16 points off the bench for the Spurs, who bounced back from an 88-81
loss to Cleveland in the home opener. San Antonio made half of its shots
and drained seven three-pointers in the victory. Chris Bosh led Toronto
with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while T.J. Ford and Morris Peterson added
15 apiece. The Raptors were attempting to climb over .500 for the first time
since having a 4-3 record on November 13, 2004.
Final Score: Philadelphia 107, Miami 98
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in 31 points to go along with 13 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers caught fire in the third quarter to down the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, 107-98, at the Wachovia Center. Kyle Korver sparked the undefeated Sixers in the decisive third quarter, scoring 13 of his 22 points as Philadelphia outscored Miami 28-16. Andre Iguodala had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Philadelphia, which has started a season 3-0 for the first since the 2000-01 campaign. Antoine Walker scored a team-high 23 points for the Heat, who were without the services of center Shaquille O’ Neal. O’ Neal sat out the game with a left knee contusion and Alonzo Mourning got the start at center, finishing with just six points and two boards while battling foul trouble.
Final Score: Atlanta 95, Orlando 82
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson poured in a game-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Orlando Magic, 95-82, at Philips Arena. Zaza Pachulia scored 17 points and Josh Smith contributed with his first double-double — 11 points and 11 rebounds — for the Hawks, who have won two straight. Atlanta, which shot 43 percent from the field, never trailed during the contest. Carlos Arroyo came off the bench and led the Magic with 22 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting. Grant Hill added 14 and Dwight Howard scored 11 and grabbed eight boards. Orlando has dropped two in a row.
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 96, Houston 90
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – David West netted 22 points and six rebounds for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in their 96-90 home-opening victory over the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena. Chris Paul had 12 points and tied a career-high with 16 assists and Peja Stojakovic added 16 points for the Hornets, who have started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. After playing only three games in New Orleans last season due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets will play five more regular-season games at New Orleans Arena in 2006-07 and 35 other home games – plus any playoff contests – in Oklahoma City. Shane Battier had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Yao Ming added 17 points and 10 boards for the Rockets, who have dropped both of their road games this season so far.
Final Score: Seattle 117, LA Lakers 101
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in a game-high 32 points to go along with six assists, as the Seattle SuperSonics won their first game of the season after besting the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-101. Rashard Lewis added 25 points and six rebounds while shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range for the Sonics, who had dropped their first two games to start the season. Luke Ridnour added 22 points and seven assists in the win. Kobe Bryant, playing in his second game of the season after missing the Lakers’ first two games of the season, had 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting as the Lakers lost for the first time in four games this season. Jordan Farmar added 14 points off the bench while Andrew Bynum had 13. Seattle shot 51.9 percent in the game, including a blistering 12-of-20 from beyond the arc. Los Angeles, in comparison, hit on just 8-of-25 from three-point range.