Thursday , Dec , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wednesday Dec 13 – NBA Games Recap

All of yesterday’s games in one article.

Phoenix defeats Miami 99-89
Boston defeats Philadelphia 101-81
Indiana defeats Detroit 101-90
Cleveland defeats Charlotte 104-101
Washington defeats Denver 120-91
Toronto defeats Orlando 91-84
New Jersey defeats Milwaukee 108-95
New York defeats Atlanta 94-82
Portland defeats Memphis 85-79
San Antonio defeats Minnesota 95-82
Chicago defeats Seattle 99-84
Dallas defeats LA Lakers 110-101
Utah defeats LA Clippers 105-86

Final Score: Phoenix 99, Miami 89

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to their 12th straight win, 99-89, over Miami. The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade, who had his wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday, and Shaquille O’Neal, who is still recovering from knee surgery, were still able to mount an impressive comeback late in the game, causing the Suns to sweat out a game that appeared to have the makings of a blowout. Alonzo Mourning led the Heat with 19 points, and Udonis Haslem contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Jason Kapono scored 13 for Miami, which has lost two of three. Robert Hite scored 11 points off of the bench, and Dorell Wright added 10 points for Miami, which nearly rallied from a 25- point deficit in the final quarter. Steve Nash scored 18 points and added 11 assists, as the Suns pulled to within two wins of the franchise-record 14-game streak from December 1992. Boris Diaw scored 13 and pulled down 11 boards for the Suns. Amare Stoudemire had a quiet night, scoring 12 points, and Phoenix received 10 points each from Leandro Barbosa and James Jones.

Final Score: Boston 101, Philadelphia 81

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – With their star at home and their franchise in limbo the Philadelphia 76ers continued to struggle on the court, falling to the Boston Celtics, 101-81, at the Wachovia Center. This was Day 6 of the Allen Iverson watch, as the electric guard was told to stay home starting last Friday and recommended a trade publicly soon after. As of late Wednesday night there has been plenty of speculation but no answer. Paul Pierce and Ryan Gomes each dropped in 18 points and Tony Allen added 16 for the Celtics, who have won three in a row. Boston is one of the many teams to be rumored to have interest in Iverson. Kevin Ollie netted a season high 14 points to pace Philadelphia, which has lost nine straight, including four in a row since the team told Iverson to stay away. It is the 76ers’ longest losing streak since the team dropped 13 straight during their 1996-97 campaign.

Final Score: Indiana 101, Detroit 90

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal had a big impact in his return to the Indiana lineup with 26 points and 14 rebounds, as the Pacers pulled away for a 101-90 win over the Detroit Pistons. O’Neal, who had missed the last three contests with a sore left hamstring, went 8-of-17 from the floor and made all 10 of his free throws. Jamaal Tinsley had 21 points and Stephen Jackson came back from a team- imposed one-game suspension to post 14 points. Al Harrington, who missed Monday’s loss at Chicago due to a viral infection, tallied 16 points, as the Pacers snapped a two- game skid. It marked the first time the Pacers scored at least 100 points against the Pistons since April 16, 2000, snapping a streak of 24 games under the century mark. Chauncey Billups had 22 points to lead the Pistons, who have dropped three of their last five games.

Final Score: Cleveland 104, Charlotte 101

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Quicken Loans Arena. Larry Hughes, Anderson Varejao and Drew Gooden each added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who have won three of their last four contests. Varejao finished with 10 boards while Gooden pulled down seven rebounds. Adam Morrison chipped in 16 points while Sean May had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have lost four in a row. Emeka Okafor added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Brevin Knight poured in 11 points and 14 assists.

Final Score: Washington 120, Denver 91

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 23 of his 34 points in the first half as the Washington Wizards throttled the Denver Nuggets, 120-91, at the Verizon Center. Caron Butler added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Wizards, who rebounded from a 114-109 loss to Houston on Saturday to win for the fourth time in five outings. Antawn Jamison tallied 19 points and Brendan Haywood had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which improved to 1-1 on its current three-game homestand. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 37 points and eight rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who fell to 1-2 on their current five-game road trip. Reggie Evans added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Camby had 12 points and seven boards for Denver, which fell behind early and never recovered.

Final Score: Toronto 91, Orlando 84

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Top overall pick Andrea Bargnani easily had the best game of his young career, pouring in 23 points as the Toronto Raptors downed the Orlando Magic, 91-84. Bargnani shot 8-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while also grabbing six rebounds for the Raptors, who put the brakes on a four-game skid. T.J. Ford had 14 points and five assists and Morris Peterson added 12 points and six boards for Toronto, which was without the services of all-star forward Chris Bosh due to a sore left knee. Carlos Arroyo scored 22 points and Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 boards for the Magic, who finished a four-game homestand with a record of 1-3. The injury bug has hit Orlando hard as of late. Hedo Turkoglu has been out with a sprained right ankle and before the game, Jameer Nelson was scratched with a groin pull. Then, late in the third quarter, Grant Hill left with left knee tendinitis and did not return.

Final Score: New Jersey 108, Milwaukee 95

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 36 points, including six three-pointers, and also added nine assists, as the New Jersey Nets bested the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-95, at Continental Airlines Arena. Carter’s achievement follows a 37-point performance on Monday versus Memphis when he drained a franchise-best nine treys. Jason Kidd notched his second straight triple-double and the 80th of his career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Kidd passed Wilt Chamberlain (78) for third place on the all-time triple- double list on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Nenad Krstic added 13 points and six rebounds while Mikki Moore netted 12 and pulled down seven boards for the Nets, who have won two in a row. Charlie Villanueva chipped in 23 points and Maurice Williams donated 17 points and dished out six assists for the Bucks, who have lost two of their last three contests. Michael Redd finished the night with just nine points, which was the first time in 101 games that he didn’t score in double figures.

Final Score: New York 94, Atlanta 82

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry recorded his 11th straight game with at least 20 points, recording 20 with 10 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 94-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Jared Jeffries, making his first start in his second game since returning from a left wrist injury, added 15 points with seven rebounds for New York, which ended a six-game homestand 3-3. Stephon Marbury and Nate Robinson each had 13 points for the Knicks, who led by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter before sitting most of their regulars. Marvin Williams ended with 23 points and seven boards to lead the Hawks, who have lost four in a row and six of eight games in the month of December.

Final Score: Portland 85, Memphis 79

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 85-79 win over an upstart Memphis Grizzlies team that almost overcame an early 21-point deficit. Mike Miller scored 20 points to lead Memphis, which dropped its fourth in a row. Damon Stoudamire scored 15 for the Grizzlies. Chucky Atkins scored 14 points and Rudy Gay contributed 12 points, both off of the bench. Ime Udoka scored 15 points for Portland, which earned its first three-game winning streak of the season with the win. Jarrett Jack and Juan Dixon scored 11 points apiece for the Blazers.

Final Score: San Antonio 95, Minnesota 82

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 24 points and led a suffocating San Antonio defense in the second half, as the Spurs beat Minnesota, 95-82, to beat the Timberwolves for a fifth straight time. Tony Parker added 23 points for the Spurs, who limited Minnesota to a season- low 26 points in the second half. Meanwhile, San Antonio came back from a 16- point first-half deficit to win for the sixth time in seven games. Manu Ginobili had 12 points for the Spurs, who forced 23 turnovers, leading to 26 points. Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak broken. Mark Blount also had 19 points and Randy Foye contributed 15 points and seven assists in a losing cause.

Final Score: Chicago 99, Seattle 84

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon poured in 27 points as the Chicago Bulls cruised to a 99-84 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Ben Wallace set season-highs with 15 points and 20 rebounds, while also tying a season- high with five blocks for the Bulls, who have won nine of their last 10 and improved to 6-1 on their current eight-game home stand. Andres Nocioni scored 20 points and Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and eight assists for Chicago, which beat Seattle at home for the first time since Michael Jordan played on the team in 1998. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for the SuperSonics, who have dropped their first two games of their current five-game road trip. Damien Wilkins had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers.

Final Score: Dallas 110, LA Lakers 101

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had a fabulous all-around game with 23 points, 14 rebounds and tied a career-high with eight assists to pace Dallas to a 110-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Josh Howard had 29 points and Jason Terry scored 26 to go along with nine assists for the Mavericks, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games. Devin Harris had 14 points before fouling out for Dallas, which shot a season-best 60 percent from the field. Kobe Bryant scored 28 of his game-high 33 points in the second half for the Lakers, who had a three-game winning streak broken.

Final Score: Utah 105, LA Clippers 86

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams combined for 56 points, 16 rebounds and 18 assists as the Utah Jazz beat up on the LA Clippers, 105-86, at the Staples Center, snapping a four-game losing streak against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Boozer netted 28 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and dished out four assists, while Williams also contributed 28 points, tying his career high, and added 14 assists for Utah, which has won two in a row and four of five. Mehmet Okur donated 18 points, while Andrei Kirilenko added 12. Elton Brand scored a team-high 20 points for the Clippers, who have lost two in a row and three of their last four games. Chris Kaman had a double-double, netting 19 points and grabbing 10 boards, while Tim Thomas scored 16 points. Los Angeles had five players in double figures but shot just 40 percent (27-of-67) from the floor on the night.