Tuesday Dec. 5 – NBA Game Recap
Dallas defeats New Jersey 92-75.
Portland defeats Detroit 88-85.
Houston defeats Golden State 118-90.
Phoenix defeats Sacramento 127-102.
LA Clippers defeats Miami 101-97.
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 13
rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 92-75 rout of the New Jersey Nets
at Continental Airlines Arena. Josh Howard netted 23 and also pulled down
six boards while Jason Terry added 13 points and seven assists for the
Mavericks, who have won 13 of their last 14 games. Devin Harris donated 10
points for Dallas, which has won 12 of the last 13 meetings. Dallas had its
12-game winning streak broken Monday night with a 106-97 loss at Washington.
Vince Carter chipped in 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting and Nenad Krstic poured
in 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Nets, who had a two-game winning
streak come to an end. Jason Kidd finished with 10 points, eight assists and
eight rebounds in the contest for New Jersey, which is 1-7 versus the Western
Conference this season.
Portland 88, Detroit 85
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph drained a go-ahead short bank shot over Tayshaun Prince with 21 ticks left, then Richard Hamilton missed two three-pointers in the final three seconds as Portland stunned Detroit, 88-85, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The win was significant for Portland and shocking for the Pistons on various levels. Portland couldn’t win at home lately, finishing 0-4 during a homestand before kicking off a six-game road trip in Detroit. Following a double-digit home loss to Atlanta on Sunday, the Trail Blazers packed their bags and made all of the plays down the stretch to snap a five-game losing streak and three-game skid against the Pistons. Detroit had won five straight at home, but now leave the comfortable surroundings for a four-game road trip with its second loss in as many games. Randolph led all scorers with 31 points and 13 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season, while LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Portland pounded the glass, grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and outrebounding Detroit, 46-35. Richard Hamilton totaled 25 points and Chauncey Billups donated 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Prince had 10 points, but struggled to a 4-of-13 shooting night.
Houston 118, Golden State 90
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in a game-high 31 points, dished out seven assists and had three steals as Houston crushed Golden State, 118-90, at the Toyota Center. McGrady finished 13-of-25 shooting and Yao Ming scored 27 points with eight rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis, Juwan Howard and Luther Head contributed 13, 11 and 10 points off the bench, respectively, for the Rockets, who have won two straight and six of seven. Chuck Hayes added eight points and grabbed 15 boards in the win. Houston shot 53.5 percent (45-of-84) from the floor. Monta Ellis netted 19 points on 8- of-14 from the field while Baron Davis donated 18 points and Mickael Pietrus had 12 with eight boards for the Warriors, who have lost five of six in Houston. Golden State head coach Don Nelson was denied of his 1,200th win for a fourth straight game. Nelson is one win away from becoming the second coach in NBA history to win 1,200 games in their coaching career. Lenny Wilkens is atop the list with 1,332 victories.
Phoenix 127, Sacramento 102
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa led six Phoenix players in double figures with 26 points and Steve Nash had a season-high 20 assists, as the Suns scorched the Sacramento Kings, 127-102, at US Airways Center. Shawn Marion tallied 23 points, while Amare Stoudemire added 17 and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Suns, who extended their winning streak to seven games and have won nine of 10 since starting the season 1-5. They also have a seven game winning streak at home. Mike Bibby had 21 points for Sacramento, which has lost four straight. The Kings were without Ron Artest for the third straight game. Artest has a sore lower back that has bothered him all season.
LA Clippers 101, Miami 97
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand tied his season-high with 33 points as the Los Angeles Clippers knocked off the Miami Heat, 101-97, at Staples Center. Cuttino Mobley added 21 points and Shaun Livingston donated 11 points for the Clippers, who have won three of four overall. Los Angeles has also won five of six against the Heat. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 33 points while Alonzo Mourning recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Udonis Haslem also added a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.