Wednesday Dec. 7 – NBA Games Recap
All the games covered in one article.
San Antonio defeats Charlotte 96-76.
Indiana defeats Orlando 94-80.
Cleveland defeats Toronto 95-91.
Washington defeats New York 113-102.
Memphis defeats Boston 98-96.
Milwaukee defeats Portland 102-94 (OT).
Atlanta defeats Denver 98-96.
Chicago defeats Philadelphia 121-94.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City defeats LA Lakers 105-89.
San Antonio 96, Charlotte 76
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 25 points as San Antonio cruised to its third straight victory with a 96-76 thrashing of the Charlotte Bobcats. Manu Ginobili had 13 points and five assists, while Michael Finley added 11 points and six rebounds for the Spurs, who have won eight of their last 11. Sean May was the leading scorer for the Bobcats with 18 points to go along with seven boards. Gerald Wallace had 15 points and seven rebounds and Raymond Felton contributed 13 points, nine assists and seven boards for Charlotte, which has dropped three of four.
Indiana 94, Orlando 80
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson each scored 26 points to power Indiana to a 94-80 triumph over the Magic. Jermaine O’Neal tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeff Foster contributed eight points and tied a career-high with 18 boards and four steals for the Pacers, who never trailed, on the way to snapping a three-game slide. Dwight Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which have dropped two of three after a six-game winning streak. Grant Hill added 16 points for the Magic, who struggled by shooting 41.1 percent from the field and were outrebounded, 48-34.
Cleveland 95, Toronto 91
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James had 26 points, 10 assists and five rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a come-from-behind 95-91 win over the Toronto Raptors at the Quicken Loans Arena. Donyell Marshall added 19 points and six boards while Daniel Gibson set career-highs with 18 points and five rebounds in his first start for the Cavaliers, who have won two of their last three games. Eric Snow donated 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the contest. Anthony Parker and Chris Bosh each scored 18 points and Fred Jones and Andrea Bargnani netted 14 apiece for the Raptors, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Bosh also grabbed 12 boards while Parker dished out a career-high 10 assists.
Washington 113, New York 102
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas ripped the Knicks for 38 points, and Antawn Jamison scored 33 and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 113-102 win over New York that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated. Eddie Curry scored 22 and grabbed 11 boards for the Knicks, who have lost three of four. Quentin Richardson and Stephon Marbury netted 16 each for New York. David Lee scored 13 and pulled down eight rebounds in the losing effort. Jamison added seven rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of five. Deshawn Stevenson scored 15 points for Washington, and Caron Butler added 10 points on the night.
Memphis 98, Boston 96
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay scored the game-winning jump shot with 2.6 seconds on the clock, as the Memphis Grizzlies edged the Boston Celtics, 98-96, at TD Banknorth Garden. Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and dished six assists for the Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Dahntay Jones and Lawrence Roberts both scored 18 points, and Hakim Warrick and Mike Miller added 12 points apiece. Paul Pierce poured in 25 points for the Celtics, who lost their fourth straight. Green netted 21 points off the bench. Ryan Gomes and West added 12 points apiece. Al Jefferson had nine points and 12 boards.
Minnesota 90, Houston 84
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to pace Minnesota to a 90-84 victory over the Houston Rockets. Mike James added 19 points for the Timberwolves, who have won back-to-back contests following a three-game skid. Rafer Alston and Luther Head each had 16 points for the Rockets, who lost for the second time in eight games. Yao Ming had 14 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Tracy McGrady totaled 14 points, 10 boards and seven assists in a losing effort,
Milwaukee 102, Portland 94 (OT)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 102-94 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Bradley Center. Ruben Patterson had 26 points and seven boards while Maurice Williams added 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Bucks, who have won two of their last three games. Jarrett Jack netted a career-high 30 points and dished out 10 assists and Zach Randolph chipped in 20 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Blazers, who have lost six of their last seven games.
Atlanta 98, Denver 96
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Shelden Williams scored the winning two free throws with 5.4 seconds left, as the Atlanta Hawks edged the Denver Nuggets, 98-96, at the Pepsi Center. Joe Johnson scored 27 points for the Hawks, who have split their last four. Stoudamire netted 21 points and Tyronn Lue had 16. Josh Smith added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony posted 24 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who have also split their last four. J.R. Smith scored 12 points, and Marcus Camby and Yakhouba Diawara added 11. Andre Miller contributed 10 points and nine assists.
Chicago 121, Philadelphia 94
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in 31 points, including 17 in the final five minutes of the first quarter, as the Chicago Bulls crushed the Philadelphia 76ers, 121-94, in a contest between two teams going in opposite directions. Luol Deng had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Andres Nocioni added 14 points for the Bulls, who have responded from a six-game losing streak by ripping off six consecutive wins to pull their record back to .500 (9-9). Oddly enough, Chicago’s last loss was a 123-108 blowout at the hands of the Sixers on November 24th. That was also Philadelphia’s last win. Ben Wallace scored 12 points and grabbed eight boards for Chicago while Tyrus Thomas added 11 points. Allen Iverson scored 25 points and dished out seven assists, but turned the ball over seven times for the Sixers, who have dropped five in a row and nine of their last 10 games. After starting the season with three consecutive victories, Philadelphia has gone 2-12.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 105, LA Lakers 89
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Paul led a balanced Hornets attack with 26 points and dished out 11 assists, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City snapped a five-game skid with a 105-89 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant, playing despite a sprained right ankle he suffered in Monday’s win over Indiana, led the Lakers with 24 points, but Los Angeles had a three-game winning streak broken and fell to 10-3 at home. Rasual Butler had 22 points and Jannero Pargo set a season-high with 21 points for the Hornets, who had lost five straight on the road to the Lakers.