Sunday , Jan , 21 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 34 points, and the LA
Clippers routed the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-91. Sam Cassell scored 21 points
and dished out 14 assists for the Clippers, who won their second in a row and
fourth of six. Chris Kaman added 12 points and nine rebounds for LA, and Corey
Maggette added 11 points and nine boards. Cuttino Mobley scored 11 points for
the Clippers. Pau Gasol scored 27 points and grabbed seven boards for Memphis,
which has lost four of five. Rudy Gay scored 17 points, and Mike Miller scored
13 points for the Grizzlies. Hakim Warrick and Chucky Atkins contributed 10
points apiece off the bench for Memphis.

Final Score: Charlotte 104, Atlanta 85

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Matt Carroll poured in 22 points as Charlotte
crushed Atlanta for the second night in a row, blowing out the Hawks, 104-85,
in the back end of a home-and-home set. On Friday at Philips Arena, the
Bobcats toppled Atlanta, 96-75, behind a 22 points, 13 rebound performance
from Emeka Okafor. Charlotte won both contests against the Hawks by a combined
40 points. On Saturday, Okafor posted 19 points, seven rebounds and four
blocks and Jeff McInnis contributed 17 points and nine assists for the
Bobcats, who have won five of their last seven contests. Rookie Adam Morrison
scored 18 points off the bench while Gerald Wallace added 12 for Charlotte.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Marvin Williams had 20 for the Hawks, who had
a three-game winning streak before running into trouble against the Bobcats.

Final Score: New York 108, Indiana 106

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – David Lee had 20 points and 16 rebounds
off the bench, and Nate Robinson hit a trio of free throws with under 11
seconds to play, as the New York Knicks held on to defeat the new-look Indiana
Pacers, 108-106. Eddy Curry had a game-high 26 points before fouling out for
the Knicks, who won a late game for a change. New York had lost its last two
games coming in, both in the final seconds. Stephon Marbury had 22 points and
six assists in the win, while Quentin Richardson donated 20 points and 13
boards. The loss spoiled the debuts of three new players for the Pacers. One
of those players, Mike Dunleavy, started in the game and ended with 14 points.
Dunleavy was acquired from Golden State on Wednesday along with Troy Murphy,
Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. The Pacers in turn sent Al Harrington, Stephen
Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors. Murphy ended
with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jermaine O’Neal led Indiana, losers in four
straight, with 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Danny Granger had
19 points. Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 15 points and seven assists in defeat.

Final Score: Detroit 91, Sacramento 74

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack
with 19 points, and the Pistons used strong defense to post a 91-74 victory
over the Sacramento Kings in Ron Artest’s return to the Palace of Auburn
Hills. Artest ended with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists Saturday
night, as the Kings were held to their fewest total of the season in their
eighth defeat in nine games. Tayshaun Prince added 17 points for Detroit,
which has won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game winning
streak, December 16-26. Antonio McDyess had 12 points and Chris Webber
contributed 11 points and 10 boards in his second start in a Pistons uniform.
Corliss Williamson had 17 points to lead Sacramento, which was held to 35.5
percent from the field.

Final Score: Washington 115, Boston 110 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler each poured
in 23 points as Washington blew a 25-point second half lead but rallied to
beat Boston, 115-110, in overtime at the Verizon Center. Gilbert Arenas scored
22 points on 10-of-26 shooting and dished out seven assists and grabbed six
rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four in a row. Ryan Gomes posted 31
points and nine rebounds while Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 boards for
the slumping Celtics, who have dropped seven straight.

Final Score: New Jersey 101, Orlando 94

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter poured in a game-high 27
points and pulled down five rebounds as New Jersey put forth a dominating
second half en route to a 101-94 defeat of Orlando at Continental Airlines
Arena. Carter finished 10-of-23 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from
the free throw line. Richard Jefferson and Eddie House each scored 17 points
for the Nets, who have won four straight and eight of 10. Jason Kidd netted 16
points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists for New Jersey,
which shot 42 percent from the floor. Hidayet Turkoglu led Orlando with 24
points and eight boards, while rookie J.J. Redick scored 13 points off the
bench in defeat. Jameer Nelson and Travis Diener both donated 11 points for
the Magic, who have dropped five in a row. Dwight Howard was held to a season-
low one point.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 113, LA Lakers 103

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – David West continued to work himself back
into form with 26 points and 12 rebounds, as New Orleans/Oklahoma City bested
the LA Lakers, 113-103. West was playing in just his second game since
returning to action from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 30 games.
Rasual Butler ended with 20 points and hit some big three-pointers late in the
fourth for the Hornets, who won for the fourth time in five games. Tyson
Chandler ended with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Bobby Jackson had 15
points off the bench. Kobe Bryant had 23 points, seven assists and six
rebounds for the Lakers, who wrapped up a three-game road trip at 1-2. Maurice
Evans donated 23 points, a career high, and seven rebounds. Smush Parker had
13 points in defeat.

Final Score: Utah 95, Chicago 85

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur posted 21 points and 11 rebounds,
as the Utah Jazz topped the Chicago Bulls, 95-85, at the United Center. Carlos
Boozer notched 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who won their third
straight. Derek Fisher scored 14 points and Deron Williams had 12 points and
seven assists. Matt Harpring added 11 points off the bench. Ben Gordon netted
23 points and dished out six assists for the Bulls, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Kirk Hinrich notched 22 points, five boards and four
assists. Luol Deng posted 12 points and seven boards, and Ben Wallace added 10
points and nine boards.

Final Score: Denver 121, Houston 113 (OT)

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 36 points and dished out
10 assists, leading a late Denver charge, on the way to a 121-113 overtime win
for the Nuggets over Houston. It marked the final game for the Nuggets without
Carmelo Anthony, who was suspended 15 games for his part in a brawl late in a
game against the Knicks in New York on December 16. The Nuggets compiled a 6-9
mark without Anthony, winning the final three games. Anthony will return for
the Nuggets Monday when they host Memphis. J.R. Smith tallied 24 points for
Denver, which also got 12 points and 22 rebounds from Marcus Camby. Tracy
McGrady returned from a one-game absence due to a sore back and scored 24
points to go along with 10 assists, but the Rockets tied a season-high with
their third consecutive defeat.Juwan Howard tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds
and Dikembe Mutombo had 11 points and 13 boards in a losing cause.

Final Score: Cleveland 106, Golden State 104 (OT)

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – LeBron James posted 32 points and seven
rebounds, as the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the new-look Golden State
Warriors, 106-104, in overtime at ORACLE Arena. Larry Hughes scored 15
points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the
Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Aleksandar Pavlovic
contributed 13 points and Anderson Varejao had 12 points and 12 boards
off the bench. Golden State made a blockbuster trade Wednesday, revamping
their lineup by acquiring Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius
and Josh Powell from the Indiana Pacers for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy
Jr., Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. Jackson finished with 29 points and seven
rebounds, but missed a game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer, while
Harrington posted 14 points and 12 boards. Jasikevicius scored 10 points in
the Golden State debut for all three players. Monta Ellis notched 16 points
and eight assists for the Warriors, who have dropped five of six. Matt
Barnes posted 12 points and seven boards off the bench. Also playing
shorthanded, however, Golden State’s Baron Davis was suspended one game by
the league on Saturday for swinging at Quinton Ross of the Clippers on
Wednesday. The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’
115-109 loss to Los Angeles with 1:47 on the clock.