Thursday Dec. 7 – NBA Games Recap
All the games covered in one article.
Phoenix defeats New Jersey 161-157 (2OT).
Detroit defeats Dallas 92-82.
Miami defeats Sacramento 93-91 (OT).
Phoenix 161, New Jersey 157 (2OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Steve Nash scored a career-high 42 points, doled out 13 assists, and hit the game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, as the Phoenix Suns outlasted the New Jersey Nets, 161-157, in double overtime. Jason Kidd had three chances to win the game for the Nets, but came up short each time on an otherwise career night for the Nets guard, in which he poured in 38 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and tallied 14 assists. Kidd was joined by six other Nets with double-figures in scoring, including Vince Carter, with 31 points, Richard Jefferson, with 25 points, and Marcus Williams, who scored 18 off of the bench. Mikki Moore added 14 points, Eddie House scored 12, and Nenad Krstic scored 10 for the Nets, who lost their second in a row. Five Suns outside of Nash also scored in double-figures, including Shawn Marion, with 33 points, Raja Bell, with 24 points, and Amare Stoudemire, who scored 23 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw both scored 16 on the night, and Diaw added 14 assists for the Suns, who streaked to their eighth straight win. It tied for the fourth highest-scoring game in NBA history, and the highest since 1990.
Detroit 92, Dallas 82
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Rasheed Wallace hit five three-pointers on the way to a 19-point night, as the Pistons earned a 92-82 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Richard Hamilton had 15 points and Chauncey Billups totaled 12 points, 11 assists and five steals for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid and won for the ninth time in 11 games. Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, which has lost two of three since a 12-game winning streak. Jason Terry added 17 points and Josh Howard ended with 12 points and 12 boards for the Mavericks, who lost at home to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since falling to Philadelphia, on January 29, 2005. Dallas had its seven- game home winning streak broken.
Miami 93, Sacramento 91 (OT)
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade narrowly missed a triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, as Miami blew a big fourth- quarter lead before beating Sacramento in overtime, 93-91, at ARCO Arena. Udonis Haslem had 14 rebounds, including one in the final second of overtime on a missed shot by Mike Bibby, as the Heat beat the Kings for a sixth straight time. Gary Payton and Jason Williams each tallied 11 points for Miami, which has won four of its last six overall. Bibby had 20 points, while Brad Miller and Ron Artest each scored 15 for Sacramento, losers of five in a row. Miami wasted a 12-point lead with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter and then nearly let a seven-point lead in OT slip away.