Saturday , Nov , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 28 points and seven
rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-91 victory over the Indiana
Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Nenad Krstic added 18 points and seven boards
while Jason Kidd chipped in 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the
Nets, who have won two in a row. Al Harrington netted 18, including 10 in
the fourth quarter, to lead five Pacers in double-figures. Jermaine O’Neal
scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards and Jamaal Tinsley poured in 16
points and six assists for Indiana, which has lost three straight games.

Final Score: Boston 118, Portland 90

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in a game-high 29 points and
Delonte West scored 13 of his 17 points in a dominating fourth quarter by
Boston, which cruised past Portland, 118-90, at TD Banknorth Garden. Pierce
finished 10-of-19 shooting and grabbed six rebounds for the Celtics, who
have won two straight. West, who shot 7-of-12 off the bench, also had six
boards. Wally Szczerbiak added 19 points while Sebastian Telfair tallied 15
and dished out seven assists in the win. Boston was an impressive 60
percent from three-point range and shot 51.3 percent from the field. Zach
Randolph led the Trail Blazers with 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 12
rebounds and Ime Udoka had 14 points. Portland has dropped its last four
contests.

Final Score: New York 100, Miami 76

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 19
points, as the New York Knicks routed the Miami Heat, 100-76, at American
Airlines Arena. Steve Francis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who won their
second straight. Eddy Curry scored 13 points and David Lee added 12. Dwyane
Wade scored 20 points and dished out six assists for the Heat, who have lost
three straight at home. Udonis Haslem posted 13 points and eight rebounds
and Gary Payton added 12 points. The Heat shot a season-low 29-for-80 (36.3
percent) from the field, and had to do without All-Star center Shaquille
O’Neal, who will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks due to cartilage
damage in his left knee.

Final Score: Cleveland 92, Minnesota 76

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 37 points, pulled
down nine rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Cleveland past
Minnesota, 92-76, at Quicken Loans Arena. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points
and eight boards for the Cavaliers, who won their fifth straight outing and
are at the top of the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 7-2 mark. Damon Jones
tallied 11 points off the bench for Cleveland. Kevin Garnett contributed his
usual double-double with 14 points and 11 boards for the Timberwolves, who
lost for the fifth time in six games. Garnett struggled from the floor,
however, missing his first seven shots and finishing just 5-for-17.

Final Score: Detroit 100, Washington 91

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in 27 points on
11-of-27 shooting as Detroit used a big third quarter and held on for a 100-91
win over the Washington Wizards. Rasheed Wallace totaled 20 points and 10
rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince also scored 20 and had seven boards for the
Pistons, who avoided their first three-game losing streak since March of 2005.
Chauncey Billups had 12 points and 10 assists, and Lindsey Hunter also put in
12 points for Detroit, which overcame a nine-point deficit in the second
quarter to snap a three-game skid versus Washington. Caron Butler led the
way with 24 points for Washington, which has lost three straight. Gilbert
Arenas was held under 30 points for a fourth straight contest, ending
with 20 on 7-of-20 shooting for the Wizards.

Final Score: Dallas 115, Memphis 103

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 of his 26 points in the
fourth quarter to lift Dallas over Memphis, 115-103 at FedExForum. Despite
shooting just 7-of-18 from the field, Nowitzki converted 10-of-12 from
the line while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Erick
Dampier added 22 points with 15 boards and Jerry Stackhouse had 19 points
for the Mavericks, who have won four straight. Hakim Warrick poured in 26
points on 10-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds and Stromile Swift scored 21
points for the Grizzlies, who have dropped six in a row.

Final Score: San Antonio 100, Chicago 83

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan dropped in 21 points on 10-
of-15 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio past Chicago,
100-83, at the AT&T Center. Tony Parker added 13 points and dished out
eight assists for the Spurs, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Brent
Barry finished with 14 points off the bench and Matt Bonner chipped in with
10 points and finished 3-for-4 from long distance. Ben Gordon had 21 points
for the struggling Bulls, who lost their third straight contest. Luol
Deng tallied 14 points, while Kirk Hinrich netted 12 points for Chicago.

Final Score: Phoenix 106, Philadelphia 94

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire tallied 23 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds in less than 20 minutes of action as Phoenix waxed
Philadelphia, 106-94, at US Airways Center. Leandro Barbosa added a game-
high 26 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for the Suns, who won their
second straight game despite playing without reigning league MVP Steve Nash.
The All-Star point guard was sidelined with back spasms, but the Phoenix
offense barely missed a beat. Marcus Banks chipped in with a season-high 17
points off the bench while Raja Bell netted 15 for the Suns. Allen Iverson
dropped in 23 points, dished out eight assists and had five steals for the
slumping Sixers, who have lost four of five.

Final Score: LA Lakers 107, Toronto 100

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and
seven assists while moving up on the Lakers all-time scoring list, as Los
Angeles bested the Toronto Raptors, 107-100, at the Staples Center. Bryant
became the youngest player ever to reach the 17,000-point plateau (28 years,
86 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain, who accomplished the feat in 28 years,
102 days. Luke Walton added 12 points and Smush Parker netted 11 for the
Lakers, who have won two in a row. Lamar Odom ended with 10 points. Chris
Bosh poured in 20 points and grabbed 10 boards while Morris Peterson
chipped in 20 points for the Raptors, who have lost four straight.

Final Score: Utah 118, Seattle 109

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Deron Williams posted 27 points and eight
assists, as the red-hot Utah Jazz downed the Seattle SuperSonics, 118-109, in
a battle of Northwest Division rivals at KeyArena. Matt Harpring scored 21
points for the Jazz, who are on a four-game winning streak. Mehmet Okur
posted 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer added 14 points and
13 boards. Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap contributed 11 points apiece.
Utah is a league-best 8-1 for the second-best start in franchise history,
behind only a 9-1 start to the 1999 season. Ray Allen scored 32 points for
the SuperSonics, who lost their second straight.