Thursday , Dec , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal netted 34 points and
pulled down 11 rebounds as Indiana downed the reeling Philadelphia 76ers,
101-93, at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers began the post-Allen Iverson
era in the game after trading the enigmatic guard and forward Ivan McFarlin
to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday in exchange for guard Andre Miller, forward
Joe Smith and a pair of 2007 first- round draft picks. Without their new
duo, the Sixers continued to pile up the losses, dropping their 12th contest
in a row — the franchise’s largest losing streak since a 13-game skid in the
1996-97 season. Stephen Jackson added 25 points for the Pacers, who have
won three of their past four games. Danny Granger chipped in with 15 points.
Andre Iguodala paced the hapless Sixers with 20 points and seven assists, but
couldn’t stop Jackson on the defensive end down the stretch when things were
tight. Kyle Korver added 20 points off the bench while Willie Green and
Samuel Dalembert each had 16 for Philadelphia. Dalembert also had 13 rebounds
before fouling out.

Final Score: Utah 112, Atlanta 106

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur posted a season-high 30 points and
10 rebounds, as the Northwest Division-leading Utah Jazz rallied to beat the
Atlanta Hawks, 112-106, at Philips Arena. Derek Fisher scored 18 points for
the Jazz, who have split their last four games. Deron Williams notched 13
points and nine assists, while Carlos Boozer also had 13 points. Andrei
Kirilenko netted 12 points and Matt Harpring added 11 off the bench. Joe
Johnson netted 27 points for the Hawks, who lost their second straight. Josh
Smith posted 23 points and 12 rebounds. Shelden Williams scored 14 points and
Speedy Claxton added 12 points and eight assists.

Final Score: Orlando 86, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 83

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Grant Hill had 21 points and seven rebounds to
lead the Orlando Magic to an 86-83 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets at Amway Arena. Dwight Howard poured in 16 points, 12 rebounds and
three blocks while Trevor Ariza donated 14 points for the Magic, who have won
two in a row after losing their previous three games. Travis Diener
finished with 13 points in the contest. Chris Paul chipped in 19 points,
10 assists and five boards and Jannero Pargo added 16 points for the Hornets,
who have lost six of their last seven and 11 of their last 13 games. Rasual
Butler ended with 15 points and Desmond Mason netted 11 in the loss.

Final Score: Golden State 96, Boston 95

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis scored 31 points and doled out
eight assists as the Golden State Warriors edged the Boston Celtics, 96-95.
Paul Pierce scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but made a crucial
mistake in the final seconds of the game that cost Boston a shot at the win.
Mickael Pietrus scored 16 points for the Warriors, who snapped a three-game
losing streak. Andris Biedrins scored 12 points and pulled down nine boards,
and Mike Dunleavy added 10 points off of the bench. Tony Allen scored 17 and
grabbed seven boards for the Celtics, who had a five- game winning streak
snapped. Ryan Gomes scored 14 points, and Al Jefferson score 13 points and
grabbed 11 boards for Boston. Delonte West added 10 points off of the bench.

Final Score: New York 111, Charlotte 109 (2-OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – David Lee’s dramatic tip-in at the end of the
second overtime carried the New York Knicks to their second straight buzzer-
beater victory, a 111-109 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats had
a chance to win at the end of the second overtime, but Matt Carroll was
stripped by Marbury in the lane, and the Knicks called timeout with 1/10th
of a second left. By NBA rules, 3/10ths of a second is required for a catch
and shoot, so that was out of the question for the Knicks. Jamal Crawford
inbounded the ball toward the basket, and Lee, twisting away from the glass,
used his right hand to tip the ball into the basket. The Knicks, who played
without injured starting guards Steve Francis and Quentin Richardson, were
led by 30 points from Channing Frye. Eddy Curry added 29 points and nine
rebounds, while Lee totaled 10 points and 19 boards. Crawford had 25
points and nine assists, as the Knicks won back-to-back games for just the
second time all season. Gerald Wallace had 28 points to lead Charlotte, which
lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Final Score: New Jersey 113, Cleveland 111

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 38 points, six
rebounds and five assists, as the New Jersey Nets bested the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 113-111, at Continental Airlines Arena. Nenad Krstic added 18
points while Richard Jefferson netted 14 and also pulled down five boards
for the Nets, who have won two in a row and four of their last six
contests. Jason Kidd finished with nine points, 10 assists and eight rebounds
in the game. LeBron James poured in 37 points and dished out eight
assists, and Larry Hughes donated 19 points and grabbed five boards for the
Cavaliers, who have lost two straight and their last four games on the
road. Zydrunas Ilgauskas ended with 18 points and 11 boards.

Final Score: Milwaukee 121, Miami 95

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Mo Williams posted 19 points, 11 rebounds
and 10 assists for his first-career triple-double, as the Milwaukee Bucks
pounded the Miami Heat, 121-95, at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd scored a
game-high 28 points for the Bucks, who won their second straight. Andrew
Bogut had 17 points and Charlie Bell chipped in with 16 points. Forward
Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis), who has missed a total of 11
games this season, returned to score 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Dwyane
Wade posted 27 points and eight assists for the Heat, who failed to extend
their winning streak to three games. Dorell Wright scored 14 points and
Antoine Walker added 13 points and eight boards.

Final Score: San Antonio 105, Memphis 98

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 21 points and grabbed
nine rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs held off the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-98,
in a surprisingly hard-fought matchup between the best and worst teams in the
Western Conference. Michael Finley scored 20 points off of the bench for the
Spurs, who won their fifth straight, and their ninth out of ten. Tony Parker
scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists on the night. Bruce Bowen
scored 13 points for San Antonio, and Manu Ginobli had 12 points and seven
assists. Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Pau Gasol scored 16 points for Memphis, which fell for the seventh time in
eight games. Chucky Atkins and Hakim Warrick added 11 points each off of the
bench.

Final Score: LA Lakers 111, Minnesota 94

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and the Lakers
got huge contributions from Maurice Evans and Vladimir Radmanovic in a giant
fourth-quarter run, as the Lakers rallied to stun Minnesota, 111-94, at the
Target Center. Evans and Radmanovic combined for 16 points during a 25-2
spurt in the final period, as Los Angeles erased a 12-point deficit in that
period, and outscored Minnesota, 34-7, over the final 12 minutes. Radmanovic
ended with 17 points and Evans had 15, as the Lakers snapped a two- game skid.
Kevin Garnett barely missed a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and
eight assists, but the Timberwolves suffered their third straight defeat after
a four-game winning streak.

Phoenix at Denver, postponed

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Wednesday’s contest between the Phoenix Suns
and the Denver Nuggets was postponed due to a blizzard, dumping as much as
two feet of snow. No makeup date has yet been announced. This is the first
time the Nuggets have canceled a game since April 20, 1999, after the
shootings at Columbine High School. The postponement and snowy weather delayed
Allen Iverson’s arrival to the Mile High City. On Tuesday, Iverson was
traded from the Sixers to the Nuggets for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe
Smith and a pair of first-round draft picks in return for the enigmatic
superstar as well as seldom-used forward Ivan McFarlin. Iverson’s first
game with the Nuggets is expected to be Friday night at home against
Sacramento. The Suns will have to wait until Friday to try and extend
their 15-game franchise-record winning streak. Phoenix hosts Washington
Friday.

Final Score: Portland 89, Houston 87

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 24 points and grabbed
13 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers held off a late charge to edge the
Houston Rockets, 89-87. Jarrett Jack scored 13 points for Portland, which
won a season-high fifth straight game. Travis Outlaw scored 12 points for the
Trail Blazers. Yao Ming scored 34 points and pulled down nine boards for
the Rockets, who have lost four of five. Rafer Alston scored 20 points and
dished out eight assists, and Luther Head scored 17 points for Houston.

Final Score: Toronto 98, LA Clippers 96

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – T.J. Ford drilled the winning jump shot
at the buzzer, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Los Angeles Clippers,
98-96, at the Staples Center. Trailing 93-85 with two ticks under five
minutes left, LA went on an 11-1 run capped by a pair of Shaun Livingston free
throws with 51.9 seconds left. Ford converted a pair from the charity stripe
about seven seconds later to tie the score at 96. Cuttino Mobley air-balled a
jumper on the ensuing possession, allowing Toronto to have the final shot,
on which Ford held the ball and swished a jumper from the foul line at the
buzzer to win the game. Fred Jones scored a season-high 23 points for the
Raptors, who have won four of their last five. Ford had 14 points and nine
assists, while Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and seven rebounds. Darrick
Martin added 12 points. Elton Brand posted 24 points and 10 rebounds for the
Clippers, who have lost five straight and seven of ten in the month of
December. Corey Maggette notched 20 points and six boards. Sam Cassell
had 17 points and Livingston added 14 points, eight boards and seven
assists. Mobley had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Final Score: Dallas 103, Seattle 95

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Erick Dampier scored 22 points and pulled down
16 rebounds, as the Mavericks overcame an ankle injury to star Dirk Nowitzki
to beat Seattle, 103-95. Nowitzki and Seattle forward Rashard Lewis were both
hurt in Wednesday’s game. Nowitzki was helped off the court in the first
quarter with a sprained left ankle after Seattle’s Chris Wilcox fell into
him going for a rebound. Lewis left earlier with an injured tendon in his
right hand after getting his hand caught in the net while trying to block a
shot from Dampier. X-rays on both players were negative. Jason Terry tallied
17 points and Josh Howard scored 15 for Dallas, which won its fifth straight
and beat the Sonics for a seventh consecutive time. Luke Ridnour had 21
points and nine assists before fouling out for Seattle, which has lost six in
a row.