Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Friday Dec. 16 – NBA Games Recap

All of yesterday’s NBA games in one article.

Washington 106, Miami 95
Toronto 90, New Jersey 78
Indiana 112, New York 96
Cleveland 106, Seattle 84
Boston 119, Denver 114
Atlanta 97, Memphis 88
Dallas 93, Philadelphia 79
Chicago 117, Milwaukee 111
Phoenix 105, Golden State 101
Sacramento 98, Utah 97
Portland 109, LA Clippers 99
LA Lakers 112, Houston 101 (2-OT)

Final Score: Washington 106, Miami 95

Caron Butler poured in a game-high 30 points and Gilbert Arenas scored 27 to lead Washington over Miami, 106-95, at the Verizon Center. Butler, who shot 12-of-19 from the floor, also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Arenas finished 10-of-23 and pulled down six boards and had six helpers. Antawn Jamison netted 22 points with 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Wizards, who have won two straight and snapped a 16-game losing streak against Miami that dates back to April 11, 2003. James Posey led the Heat with 26 points off the bench while Alonzo Mourning added 17 points and eight boards in defeat. Antoine Walker added 12 points for Miami.

Final Score: Toronto 90, New Jersey 78

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – T.J.Ford led a balanced Toronto attack with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, as the Raptors bested the New Jersey Nets, 90-78, at the Air Canada Centre. Anthony Parker and Joey Graham each netted 15 points, while Graham also pulled down nine boards for the Raptors, who had six players in double figures. Rasho Nesterovic added 12 points for Toronto, which has won two in a row after losing four straight. It was announced before the game that Toronto forward Chris Bosh, who has missed the last four games, will be out indefinitely with a bone bruise on his left knee. Hassan Adams scored 13 points while Vince Carter had a season- low 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting and six rebounds for the Nets, who have yet to win three straight games this season. Jason Kidd, who was going after his third consecutive triple-double, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Final Score: Indiana 112, New York 96

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Danny Granger scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers over the New York Knicks, 112-96. Granger hit on 8-of-10 from the floor and three of his four three-point attempts. Stephen Jackson tallied 19 points and five assists, while Al Harrington had 17 points for the Pacers, who have won the first two games of their current three-game homestand. Jermaine O’Neal, playing in his second game since missing three contests with a hamstring injury, had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jamal Crawford had 29 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Knicks, who were coming off a six-game homestand that saw them go an even 3-3. David Lee and Nate Robinson each had 12 points in the loss. Eddy Curry had just 10 points in the loss, snapping his string of consecutive games with at least 20 points at 11.

Final Score: Cleveland 106, Seattle 84

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-84 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at Quicken Loans Arena. Larry Hughes had 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Zydrunas Ilgauskas netted 17 for the Cavaliers, who have won two in a row and four of their last five contests. Chris Wilcox had a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven boards while Mickael Gelabale added 16 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which has lost three straight games.

Final Score: Boston 119, Denver 114

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce, Tony Allen and Al Jefferson combined for 96 points, as the Boston Celtics had a banner shooting night from their big three, on the way to a 119-114 win over the Denver Nuggets. Pierce ended with 38 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Allen had a career-best 30 points and also corralled eight boards. Jeferson had 28 points and 10 rebounds. The three combined to shoot 35-for-49 from the field, with the team ending the evening at 56 percent, on the way to their season- high fourth straight victory. Carmelo Anthony posted 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting for the Nuggets, who have lost back-to-back contests for the first time since dropping their opening three games of the season.

Final Score: Atlanta 97, Memphis 88

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Zaza Pachulia scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Speedy Claxton posted 19 points and dished out 11 assists, as Atlanta cruised past Memphis, 97-88, at FedEx Forum. Josh Smith netted 16 points and grabbed 10 boards and Marvin Williams and Tyronn Lue each contributed 13 points for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Chucky Atkins poured in 18 points off the bench on 5-of-11 from the field and Hakim Warrick donated 16 points for the Grizzlies, who have dropped five consecutive games. Alexander Johnson had 15, Rudy Gay added 13 and Mike Miller scored 11 with nine rebounds in defeat. Memphis forward Pau Gasol got his first start of the season since fracturing his left foot at the world championships in his native Spain and finished with just four points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.

Final Score: Dallas 93, Philadelphia 79

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Terry paced six Dallas players in double- figures with 18 points, as the Mavericks bested Philadelphia, 93-79, to hand the 76ers their 10th straight loss. Josh Howard had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won 10 of their last 11 home games. Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris and Greg Buckner all had 13 points in the win, while Erick Dampier had 12 and eight rebounds. Philadelphia continued its longest losing streak since dropping 13 in a row in the 1996-97 season. The 76ers were without both guard Allen Iverson and forward Chris Webber. Iverson was inactive for his fifth straight game as the team continues to explore trade options for its star player, while Webber missed the game with a right ankle injury. Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 17 points to go along with five rebounds while Samuel Dalembert and Willie Green each had 16. Dalembert also grabbed seven rebounds. Kyle Korver had 13 points and seven rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: Chicago 117, Milwaukee 111

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Wallace scored 10 points, pulled down a season-high 27 rebounds and was one of six Chicago players in double figures, as the Bulls held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 117-111, at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich netted 21 points and Chris Duhon ended with 19 points and eight boards for the Bulls, who have won three in a row and 10 of their last 11. Tyrus Thomas came off the bench and netted 14 points, all in the second half, and also donated 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 32 points. The Bucks have lost three of four overall and have dropped four straight on the road. They are just 4-10 away from home this season. Ruben Patterson scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds, while Maurice Williams added 18 points in a losing effort. Milwaukee missed 18 free throws in the contest and finished just 16-of-34 from the line.

Final Score: Phoenix 105, Golden State 101

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Boris Diaw notched his fifth career triple- double with 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Phoenix Suns won their 13th straight game with a 105-101 win over the Golden State Warriors at US Airways Center. Amare Stoudemire had 25 points and 10 boards while Shawn Marion added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Suns, who have won five of the last six meetings. Steve Nash poured in 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in the contest. Phoenix will attempt to tie the franchise-record for wins on Saturday when it plays at Sacramento. The Suns won a franchise-record 14 in a row from December 1, 1992 to December 30, 1992. Monta Ellis chipped in 24 points and six assists and Baron Davis donated 19 points, seven assists and six boards for the Warriors, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Sacramento 98, Utah 97

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim drilled the game- winning three-pointer with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift Sacramento past Utah, 98-97, at EnergySolutions Arena. Abdur-Rahim finished with 21 points off the bench with eight rebounds while Mike Bibby scored 19 points and also grabbed eight boards. Ron Artest posted 11 points, Kevin Martin had 13 and Brad Miller donated 10 for the Kings, who have won two of three after losing five in a row. Mehmet Okur scored 17 points and Deron Williams finished with 15 and nine assists for the Jazz, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in their last six games. Carlos Boozer netted 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 11 points and 11 boards in the win.

Final Score: Portland 109, LA Clippers 99

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph accounted for 26 points, seven rebounds and had a season-high five assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers recorded a 109-99 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Travis Outlaw added 15 points off the bench while Jarrett Jack scored 14 points, had five rebounds and dished out five assists as Portland extended its season-long winning streak to four games. Elton Brand netted 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped three games in a row. Corey Maggette had 18 in the loss and Shaun Livingston had 16 and 10 assists.

Final Score: LA Lakers 112, Houston 101 (2-OT)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant rose to the occasion with 53 points, and the Lakers rallied from a 21-point deficit for a 112-101 double- overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. Bryant shot just 17-of-38 from the field, but also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. The Rockets, who lost to Golden State on a last-second shot by Baron Davis Thursday night, fell a night later despite 35 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks for Yao Ming. Smush Parker added 17 points for the Lakers, who have won four of their last five games. Rafer Alston had 19 points and 10 assists before fouling out for Houston, which has dropped three in a row.