Thursday , Dec , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – T.J. Ford scored a season-high 28 points and
also dished out seven assists to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Minnesota
Timberwolves, 100-97, in a tightly played contest at Air Canada Centre.
Anthony Parker netted 19 points while Jose Calderon came off the bench to
contribute 13 for the Raptors, who have won six of eight games. Radoslav
Nesterovic donated 10 points, while Jorge Garbajosa scored eight points and
had 10 boards in the win. Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 24 points, with 19
coming in the second half, as Minnesota saw its brief two-game winning steak
halted and fell two games below the .500 mark. Mike James added 20 points and
Marko Jaric scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. Ricky Davis had 14 points
while Mark Blount was the fifth Minnesota player in double figures,
contributing 10 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.

Final Score: Washington 114, Charlotte 107

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas continued his hot play as of
late, pouring in 39 points as Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat
Charlotte, 114-107. Arenas also dished out eight assists and grabbed six
rebounds, while Caron Butler posted 25 points for the Wizard, who have won
four in a row and 10 of their last 12 contests. Antawn Jamison added 17 points
and 11 boards for Washington, which improved to 9-1 all-time against
Charlotte. Gerald Wallace had season-highs of 40 points and 14 rebounds for
the Bobcats, who have lost three straight and nine of their last 11.

Final Score: Cleveland 89, Atlanta 76

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 27 points and pulled
down nine rebounds to lead Cleveland past Atlanta, 89-76, at Philips Arena.
James finished 10-of-25 shooting and also dished out three assists while Larry
Hughes scored 17 points in the victory. Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 16 points
and 10 boards for the Cavaliers, who have won two straight. Drew Gooden added
12 points for Cleveland. The Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field in the
contest. Zaza Pachulia netted 22 points with seven rebounds and Josh Childress
scored 12 points for the Hawks, who have dropped five in a row. Speedy Claxton
had 11 points, seven helpers and a career-high eight steals while Joe Johnson
donated 10 points in defeat.

Final Score: LA Lakers 106, Orlando 93

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and doled out
seven assists, and Smush Parker had a season-high 20 points as the LA Lakers
defeated the Orlando Magic, 106-93. Grant Hill scored 20 points for the Magic,
who have lost three straight and six of eight. Jameer Nelson scored 15 points
and tallied seven assists for Orlando. Darko Milicic scored 13 points and
grabbed eight rebounds. Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points each,
and Howard pulled down eight boards in the loss. Andrew Bynum scored 13 points
off the bench for the Lakers, who have won three of four.

Final Score: Houston 96, New Jersey 71

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Shane Battier had 23 points, including
a career-best seven three-pointers, and also pulled down nine rebounds, as the
Houston Rockets battered the New Jersey Nets, 96-71, at Continental Airlines
Arena. Tracy McGrady added 17 points on 4-of-16 shooting and also dished out
six assists while Rafer Alston poured in 14 points, seven rebounds and five
assists for the Rockets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Juwan Howard
finished with 12 points and 11 boards in the contest. Hassan Adams donated 13
points while Vince Carter and Bostjan Nachbar each scored 12 for the Nets, who
have lost four in a row and 15 of their last 21 games. Jason Kidd and Richard
Jefferson each had 11 points.

Final Score: New York 151, Detroit 145 (3OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Channing Frye hit a dramatic jumper at the
buzzer to send the game into triple-overtime, and the Knicks managed to
survive without a fouled-out Stephon Marbury to outlast the Detroit Pistons
151-145, in triple-overtime. Marbury poured in a season-high 41 points, but
New York was forced to win the game without him as he drew his sixth foul
with two minutes left in the second overtime. Eddy Curry scored 33 points
for New York, and Jamal Crawford scored 29 and tallied 11 assists. Frye
finished with 26 points for the Knicks, who have won four of five. Richard
Hamilton scored a career-high 51 points for the Pistons, who had a five-
game winning streak snapped with the loss. Nazr Mohammed scored 18 points
and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Chauncey Billups scored 17 points and doled
out 10 assists in defeat. Carlos Delfino scored 16 points for the Pistons
and Antonio McDyess scored 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Final Score: Milwaukee 112, Memphis 96

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut each poured in 20
points as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled past the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-96, at
FedExForum. Bogut added seven rebounds while Redd added five boards and four
assists for the Bucks, who extended their season-high winning streak to six
games. Maurice Williams netted 18 points and dished out six assists while
Ruben Patterson contributed 19 points, six boards and five helpers off the
bench in the win for Milwaukee. The Bucks shot 49 percent from the floor and
were 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. Pau Gasol netted a game-high 29 points for
the Grizzlies, who have lost five straight. Mike Miller had 18 points on 7-
of-17 shooting from the field in the loss.

Final Score: Chicago 109, Miami 103

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored a season-high 40 points off
the bench with five assists as Chicago edged Miami, 109-103, at the United
Center. Gordon finished an impressive 11-of-17 from the field and 17-of-19
from the line while Andres Nocioni posted 16 points in the victory. Kirk
Hinrich poured in 14 points and dished out five helpers for the Bulls, who
have won seven of their last nine games. Tyrus Thomas netted 10 points and Ben
Wallace added nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Chicago shot 48 percent
from the floor. Jason Williams scored 28 points with six assists for the Heat,
who were without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade for most of the contest. Wade left
the game in the first quarter with a sprained right wrist and did not return.
He appeared to injure his wrist while covering Hinrich and finished scoreless
on 0-for-2 from the field. Jason Kapono donated 18 points and Dorell Wright
had 17 with 14 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Sacramento 101, Philadelphia 76

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby poured in 21 points and dished
out six assists to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Philadelphia 76ers,
101-76, at ARCO Arena. Kevin Martin added 18 points and Brad Miller
contributed 13 points, six boards and five assists for the Kings, who have won
two straight. Ron Artest, who missed the last two games with sore knees,
returned to the starting lineup for Sacramento and finished with 10 points,
four boards and four assists in the victory. Andre Iguodala had 15 points on
5-of-6 shooting from the field for the Sixers, who have dropped two in a row
after winning two straight. Andre Miller netted 14 points and added five
assists while rookie Rodney Carney and Samuel Dalembert each had 12 points
in the loss.

Final Score: Portland 100, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 85

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 26 points and pulled down
11 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers led from start to finish in a 100-85
defeat of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Jarrett Jack and Brandon
Roy each scored 15 points, while Ime Udoka contributed 11 points and
10 boards for the Trail Blazers, who halted a brief two-game skid and won for
the sixth time in their last eight games. Jannero Pargo, Desmond Mason and
Rasual Butler each scored 16 points for the Hornets, who were still reeling
from the loss of Chris Paul.

Final Score: LA Clippers 100, Boston 77

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand and Tim Thomas scored 25 points
each to lead the LA Clippers to a 100-77 rout of the Boston Celtics. Brand
grabbed 10 rebounds as well for the Clippers, who have won two of three. Corey
Maggette scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards, and Shaun Livingston scored
10 points. Sebastian Telfair scored 18 points for the Celtics, who fell to
their fourth straight loss. Gerald Green scored 17 points and grabbed
seven boards for Boston, and Tony Allen scored 13 points for Boston. Al
Jefferson scored 10 points and pulled down 14 boards for the Celtics.