Friday , Jan , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 27 points, 17 in
the first quarter alone, and the Detroit Pistons routed the hurting New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 92-68. Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who snapped a three-game losing skid with
the win. Carlos Delfino scored 13 points for Detroit, and Jason Maxiell added
12 points. Jannero Pargo led the Hornets with 16 points and eight rebounds,
but couldn’t prevent their third straight defeat, and their sixth in seven
games. Desmond Mason scored 15 points for the Hornets, and Devin Brown
added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Tyson Chandler only
managed three points, but did rake in 16 rebounds for the Hornets. New
Orleans/Oklahoma played without Chris Paul, who sat with a sprained right
ankle, and continued to miss Peja Stojakovic and David West, who are
recovering from back and elbow surgery, respectively.

Final Score: Dallas 100, Indiana 91

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Howard scored 25 points and pulled down 11
rebounds, as the Mavericks rallied in the final quarter to post their 12th
straight win, 100-91, over the Indiana Pacers. Devin Harris added a career-
high 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 for Dallas, which has won 12
in a row twice this season. The Mavs’ first such streak came after starting
the season 0-4. The current winning streak is two shy of a franchise-record,
which came at the start of the 2002-03 season. Al Harrington had 24 points
and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which lost despite dominating on the glass by a
50-38 margin. Jermaine O’Neal tallied 20 points, 16 rebounds, five assists
and five blocked shots in a losing cause as the Pacers blew an eight-point
lead in the third quarter.

Final Score: LA Lakers 132, Sacramento 128 (OT)

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored nine of his game-high 42
points in overtime, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Sacramento, 132-128, at
ARCO Arena. Bryant also had 10 rebounds and nine assists, as the Lakers won
despite blowing a 21-point third-quarter lead, but recovered after the Kings
collapsed at the end of the fourth quarter. Brian Cook added 26 points and
Luke Walton had 16 before fouling out for the Lakers, who won their second
straight. Mike Bibby totaled 38 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the
Kings, who had a two-game win streak broken. Kevin Martin tallied 21 points
and Ron Artest scored 19 before exiting with six fouls for Sacramento. The
teams combined for 102 free throws.