Saturday , Nov , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

11/24/2006 NBA Game Recap

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson posted a season-high 46
points and 10 assists, after missing two games from surgery to remove an
abscessed wisdom tooth, as the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Chicago Bulls,
123-108, at the Wachovia Center. Willie Green scored 20 points off the bench
for the Sixers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Andre Iguodala netted
19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Luol Deng scored 28 points for the
Bulls, who lost their sixth straight. Andres Nocioni notched 24 points and 10
rebounds. Ben Gordon netted 22 points, and Kirk Hinrich added 18 and six
assists.

Final Score: New York 101, Boston 75

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Steve Francis scored 22 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 101-75 rout of the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. Eddy Curry had 21 points and 10 rebounds and while Quentin Richardson netted 17 points and also pulled down six boards for the Knicks, who snapped a three- game losing streak and avenged a 122-118 loss on Saturday. David Lee fell just short of a triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists off the bench. Wally Szczerbiak chipped in 16 points while Paul Pierce added 12 for the Celtics, who have lost two in a row.

Final Score: Orlando 107, Miami 104

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dorell Wright released a miraculous potential game-tying shot a fraction of a second too late, and the Orlando Magic pulled out a 107-104 win over the Miami Heat. The shot was an unfortunate end to an otherwise great night for Wright, who pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and scored 12 points. The Heat had one final chance to tie the game with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Jason Kapono tried to throw the inbound pass to Wright, who was uncovered in the corner, but Grant Hill was able tip the pass. Wright reached out to grab the deflected pass and uncorked a fadeaway jumper that found the net, but the clock, which had started at Hill’s deflection, expired just before the ball left his hands. Hill and Wright both missed the back end of their free throw opportunities in the last 20 seconds to allow the Heat their one last chance. Dwyane Wade finished with 33 points and 15 assists, but was unable to hit the shot that mattered most, a free- throw line fadeaway that he airballed with three seconds left that would have tied the game. The Heat have lost three in a row and six of seven. Hill posted a clutch effort, scoring 24 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, to lead Orlando to its second win in a row, and its sixth in seven games. All five starters scored in double figures for Miami, including Alonzo Mourning and Kapono, first-time starters on the season, who scored 17 and 15, respectively.

Final Score: Atlanta 97, Toronto 93

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson had 27 points and Zaza Pachulia had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks held off T.J. Ford and the Toronto Raptors, 97-93, at Philips Arena. Josh Smith added 11 points and 11 boards and Tyronn Lue added 16 points, hitting a clutch jumper down the stretch for Atlanta, which used a 19-4 run that bridged the final two quarters to end a four-game losing streak. Ford scored 14 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who have lost seven of eight overall. Ford, who also had 12 assists and eight boards, shot 11-of-18 from the floor for Toronto, which has lost all seven road games this season and 13 in a row dating back to last year.

Final Score: Indiana 97, Cleveland 87

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal netted a team-high 29 points, and the Pacers used a second-half rally to beat Cleveland, 97-87, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Jamaal Tinsley added 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and had six assists, while Saru Jasikevicius donated 15 points for the Pacers, who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. Indiana now trails the Cavaliers in the Central standings by just one game. They have won three of four. LeBron James scored 30 points to pace the Cavs, who lost their second straight game. They fell to the Toronto Raptors, 95-87, on Wednesday. James also had seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Drew Gooden had a double- double, posting 17 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.

Final Score: Dallas 95, San Antonio 92

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the red-hot Dallas Mavericks over the San Antonio Spurs, 95-92, at AT&T Center. Jason Terry added 14 points and 10 assists for the Mavs, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half only to hold on for their eighth straight win. Josh Howard, who missed the last eight games with a sprained ankle, returned to the lineup and scored 12 points for Dallas, which had dropped its first four games of the season before embarking on its current success. Tim Duncan had 29 points to lead the Spurs, who lost for only the third time in 13 games this year. Tony Parker added 16 points and Fabricio Oberto had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which has suffered all three of its setbacks this season at home.

Final Score: Memphis 95, Washington 80

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick posted 18 points and seven rebounds, as the Memphis Grizzlies topped the road-challenged Washington Wizards, 95-80, at FedEx Forum. Chucky Atkins netted 15 points and Dahntay Jones and Mike Miller both scored 14 for the Grizzlies, who have won two of their last three. Stromile Swift added 11 points and 10 boards. Caron Butler posted 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who suffered their seventh straight loss on the road. DeShawn Stevenson scored 14 points, and Antawn Jamison added 13 points and nine boards. Etan Thomas contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Final Score: Minnesota 86, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 79

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis netted a game-high 23 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 86-79, at the Ford Center. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won two in a row. Mark Blount and Marco Jaric each had 11 points and seven rebounds. Chris Paul led the Hornets with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City was looking to start a season 5-0 at home for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. Bobby Jackson and Jannero Pargo each contributed 13 points for the Hornets, who have dropped two in a row.

Final Score: Detroit 104, Charlotte 95

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Rip Hamilton scored 26 points and Tayshaun Prince added 21 to help the Detroit Pistons pull away from the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-95. Detroit sealed the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Charlotte 30-23 to put away a Bobcats team that held a four-point lead with just over nine minutes left in the game. Six Bobcats hit double figures in points, led by Emeka Okafor, who scored 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Brevin Knight scored 16 and doled out nine assists, and Matt Carroll added a season- high 16 for Charlotte, which has lost three of four. Adam Morrison scored 13 points, and Gerald Wallace added 12 on the night. Rasheed Wallace scored 19 and pulled down nine rebounds for Detroit, which has won five in a row. Chauncey Billups finished one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 10 assists.

Final Score: Denver 140, Golden State 129

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – J.R. Smith scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony had 30, as the Denver Nuggets downed the Golden State Warriors, 140-129, in the finale of a home-and-home set at the Pepsi Center. Earl Boykins notched 17 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight. Eduardo Najera netted 14 points, and Marcus Camby and Yakhouba Diawara both added 13. Andris Bierdins posted a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who lost their third straight. Matt Barnes scored 21 points and Jason Richardson had 18. Mike Dunleavy contributed 14 points and Troy Murphy netted 12.

Final Score: Utah 114, LA Lakers 108

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz over the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-108, at EnergySolutions Arena. Mehmet Okur added 18 points and 12 boards and Deron Williams had 15 points and 10 assists for Utah, which has won eight straight. Derek Fisher tallied 13 points and Gordan Giricek had 12 for the Jazz, who continued their best start in franchise history by improving to 12-1. Kobe Bryant had 27 points and Lamar Odom had 26 points for the Lakers, who had a four-game win streak halted.

Final Score: Phoenix 99, New Jersey 93

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Marcus Williams nearly led the Nets all the way back from a 22-point deficit, but the Phoenix Suns were able to hold off a 21- point fourth quarter barrage by the New Jersey rookie to hang on for a 99-93 win over the Nets. New Jersey has lost four consecutive games. Phoenix nearly had a tremendous collapse in the fourth quarter. New Jersey’s starting five sat on the bench and watched a blazing performance by Williams, combined with poor free-throw shooting down the stretch by the Suns to whittle away a lead that at one point was as high as 22 points, and stood at 19 entering the fourth quarter. Nash led the Suns with 26 points and 13 assists. Amare Stoudemire scored 25 and pulled down 10 boards for Phoenix, which has won three in a row. Raja Bell added 18 and Shawn Marion scored 16 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Suns. Williams’ 27 points led all scorers, made all the more incredible by the fact that the reserve guard was only on the court for 6:47. The first-round draft pick out of Connecticut outscored the entire Suns team in the fourth quarter, 21-17. Vince Carter was the only other Net to break double figures in scoring, with 23 points on the night.

Final Score: Sacramento 109, Seattle 100

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin posted a career-high 35 points, as the Sacramento Kings rolled to a 109-100 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena. Mike Bibby added 19 points and six assists and Kenny Thomas contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who shot 51 percent from the field, and snapped a three-game losing streak. Rashard Lewis hit 11-of-18 shots from the floor to post a team-high 26 points for the Sonics, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. Luke Ridnour added 20 points and eight assists, Ray Allen poured in 18, and Chris Wilcox scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds in a losing cause.