Saturday , Jan , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Anthony Parker scored a career-high 23 points
behind a career-high seven three-pointers to lead the Toronto Raptors to a
96-90 win over the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. Chris Bosh
deposited 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Jose Calderon added 10
points and eight assists for the Raptors, who used a 19-0 run in the
fourth quarter to win for the ninth time in their last 12 games. Al Jefferson
recorded his 19th double-double with 20 points and 10 boards and Allan Ray
chipped in with 17 points off the bench for the Celtics, who lost their 10th
straight decision. Boston has dropped 17 of its last 19 games.

Final Score: Cleveland 105, Philadelphia 97

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Drew Gooden poured in 21 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds as Cleveland came back from a 17-point halftime deficit
without superstar LeBron James and toppled Philadelphia, 105-97, in the back
end of a home-and-home series at the Wachovia Center. James missed the game
due to a sprained right toe, which he suffered in Wednesday’s 118-115
double-overtime loss to the Sixers at Quicken Loans Arena. Donyell Marshall
scored 17 points and pulled down nine boards off the bench while Larry
Hughes had 16 points for the Cavaliers, who won for just the second time
in their last seven games. Andre Iguodala finished with 22 points and
seven assists while Andre Miller recorded his seventh career triple-double
with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 13 helpers for the Sixers, who were trying
for their first three-game winning streak since starting the season 3-0.
Joe Smith added 15 points off the bench, Rodney Carney contributed 14 and Kyle
Korver donated 13 in defeat.

Final Score: Atlanta 93, Orlando 90

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson scored 39 points on 14-of-23
shooting, as the Atlanta Hawks wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 93-90
victory over the division-rival Orlando Magic at Amway Arena. Josh Smith
netted 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who won their second
straight. Josh Childress added 12 points off the bench. Dwight Howard scored
19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven of their last eight. Tony
Battie posted 14 points and eight rebounds, and Jameer Nelson also netted
14. Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points, and Grant Hill added 10 in defeat.

Final Score: Washington 99, Detroit 96

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 35
points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a
99-96 win over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Gilbert
Arenas had 25 points, 10 assists and six boards while Brendan Haywood added
10 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won five of their last
six games. Richard Hamilton netted 27 and Chauncey Billups chipped in 17
points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pistons, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Antonio McDyess poured in 15 points and snatched
six boards in the setback.

Final Score: New York 116, Miami 96

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford lit up the Heat for a career-
high 52 points, hitting 20-of-30 from the field, and 8-of-10 from behind the
arc, to lead the New York Knicks’ 116-96 rout of the Miami Heat. Channing Frye
added 16 points for New York, which snapped a two-game skid with the win.
David Lee scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Stephon Marbury
tallied 13 assists and nine points in the win. Crawford’s career night
obscured a 37-point performance by Miami’s Dwyane Wade. Antoine Walker
added 12 points off the bench for the Heat, who have lost two straight and
four of five. Shaquille O’Neal and Jason Kapono added 11 points apiece for
Miami.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 88, Sacramento 84

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason had 24 points and eight
rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets bested the Sacramento
Kings, 88-84, at New Orleans Arena. Bobby Jackson netted 15 and dished out
seven assists while Devin Brown added 14 points, six boards and six helpers
for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Tyson Chandler chipped
in 13 points and pulled down 12 boards in the win, the Hornets fourth in the
last six meetings. Mike Bibby and Kevin Martin scored 21 points apiece and
John Salmons donated 14 for the Kings, who had a two-game winning streak come
to an end.

Final Score: San Antonio 112, Memphis 96

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan poured in 26 points, pulled down
13 rebounds and blocked a career-high nine shots, as San Antonio pulled away
in the fourth quarter for a 112-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Tony Parker
contributed 18 points and eight assists, and Manu Ginobili totaled 17 points
for the Spurs, who won for the fourth time in five games. San Antonio
has beaten Memphis seven straight times. Hakim Warrick had 27 points and Eddie
Jones 17 for the Grizzlies, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests.
Francisco Elson had 15 points and Brent Barry 13 for the Spurs. Mike Miller
scored 13 and Chucky Atkins 11 for Memphis.

Final Score: Phoenix 98, Milwaukee 90

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Raja Bell poured in 27 points, shooting 7-
of-11 from behind the arc, and the scorching Phoenix Suns won their
franchise-record 16th straight, 98-90, over the surprisingly pesky Milwaukee
Bucks. Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the
Suns, who have now won 34 of 37 since starting the season by losing five
of six. The 16-game winning streak breaks the franchise record of 15, which
Phoenix tied earlier this season, between Nov. 20 and Dec. 19. The Suns
then lost two of three before starting their current streak on Dec. 29.
Steve Nash finished with 18 points and 16 assists for the Suns, and Shawn
Marion pulled down 23 rebounds and added 11 points. Charlie Bell scored 21
for Milwaukee, which gave the Suns a game before falling to their sixth
straight defeat. Earl Boykins scored 18 points, and Charlie Villanueva
added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Ersan Ilysova also scored 13 and
grabbed seven boards for the Bucks.

Final Score: Houston 99, Portland 69

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in 28 points on 11-of-16
shooting, as the Houston Rockets routed the Portland Trail Blazers 99-69 at
the Toyota Center. Shane Battier netted 15 points, Bonzi Wells chipped in
with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who won their second
straight game. McGrady had 17 points in the decisive third quarter, when
Houston outscored Portland, 32-14. Zach Randolph scored 13 points and
grabbed six boards for the Trail Blazers, who had their two-game win streak
snapped. Portland shot just 36.1 percent from the field.

Final Score: Utah 116, Denver 111

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 19
rebounds, as the Utah Jazz held off the Denver Nuggets, 116-111, at the
EnergySolutions Arena. Deron Williams added 16 points and 12 assists while
Mehmet Okur scored 14 points and pulled down five boards for the Jazz, who
have won five of their last six games. Gordan Giricek contributed 13 points
and Ronnie Brewer donated 12 in the win. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high
37 points and grabbed six rebounds while Allen Iverson chipped in 33 and
dished out six assists for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak
come to an end. Marcus Camby finished with 21 points and 10 boards.

Final Score: Charlotte 106, LA Lakers 97 (OT)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Carroll scored 24 points and pulled
down six rebounds as Charlotte escaped with a 106-97 overtime victory over the
Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Carroll finished 8-of-15 from the
floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the line while Emeka Okafor poured in 20
points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have won three of
their last five contests. Gerald Wallace had 18 points and nine boards,
Raymond Felton contributed 14 points with four assists, and Adam Morrison
donated 13 points off the bench for Charlotte. Kobe Bryant netted 32 points,
pulled down six rebounds and dished out five helpers for the Lakers while
becoming the fastest player in NBA history to score 18,000 points. He
accomplished the feat at 28 years of age and in 156 days, topping Wilt
Chamberlain’s mark in 166 days. Smush Parker scored 12 points while Andrew
Bynum recorded a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds for Los
Angeles, which have dropped three of four. Lamar Odom made his return after
missing 21 games because of a sprained MCL in his right knee and finished with
12 points.

Final Score: Seattle 102, Minnesota 100

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 36 points, including a three-
pointer that sparked a 7-0 run down the stretch by the Seattle SuperSonics,
who edged the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 102-100 at KeyArena. Mickael
Gelabale posted 17 points and eight rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have won
four of five. Chris Wilcox posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Collison
added 14 points and 12 boards. Earl Watson contributed 10 assists. Craig
Smith scored a team and career-high 26 points with eight rebounds off the
bench for the Timberwolves, who lost their sixth straight. Kevin Garnett
posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Ricky Davis and Mark
Blount both added 13 points. Randy Foye had 12 points off the bench.