Thursday , Feb , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and Darko
Milicic had a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando
Magic to a 103-91 thumping of the Portland Trail Blazers at Amway Arena. All-
Star Dwight Howard, a Slam Dunk Contest participant this weekend, had 20
points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who enter the All-Star break having won
two of three. Carlos Arroyo tallied 15 points with seven assists for Orlando,
which has moved back over the .500 mark with a 27-26 mark. Zach Randolph had
28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Portland, which enters the break having
dropped two straight. Brandon Roy had 19 points for the Blazers, who ended a
four-game road trip 2-2.

Final Score: Toronto 120, New Jersey 109

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh had 25 points, nine rebounds and six
assists to lead the Toronto Raptors past the New Jersey Nets, 120-109, at Air
Canada Centre. Morris Peterson added 18 points and seven boards while T.J.
Ford netted 17 and dished out eight assists for the Raptors, who head into the
All-Star break with a 4 1/2 game lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division.
Jose Calderon and Anthony Parker each scored 16 in the win, Toronto’s second
straight and 12th in its last 15 contests. Bostjan Nachbar poured in a career-
best 26 points and also grabbed eight rebounds while Eddie House and Marcus
Williams chipped 19 points apiece for the Nets, who have lost two in a row.
Vince Carter had 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Washington 92, Philadelphia 85

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Despite shooting just 8-of-26 and 1-of-9
from beyond the arc, Gilbert Arenas poured in 22 points and pulled down eight
rebounds to lead Washington over Philadelphia, 92-85, at the Wachovia Center.
Caron Butler netted 16 points and dished out eight assists for the Wizards,
who snapped a two-game skid. Andray Blatche had a double-double with 11 points
and 10 boards in the win. Kyle Korver led the 76ers with 18 points off the
bench, while Andre Iguodala scored 14 points, handed out 13 helpers and
grabbed eight rebounds. Andre Miller and Rodney Carney each contributed 13
points and Samuel Dalembert donated 11 points with 17 rebounds as Philadelphia
dropped its third straight contest.

Final Score: Charlotte 100, Chicago 85

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace scored 32 points and pulled
down seven rebounds as Charlotte downed Chicago, 100-85. Emeka Okafor added 15
points, 21 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Bobcats, who snapped a four-
game skid. Raymond Felton chipped in with 16 points and nine assists, while
Matt Carroll had 17 points. Ben Gordon had 20 points for the reeling Bulls,
who have lost five of six games. Luol Deng tallied 19 points and nine boards,
while P.J. Brown finished with 12 points.

Final Score: Indiana 114, Memphis 104

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal posted 23 points and nine
rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers continued their season-long six-game homestand
at Conseco Fieldhouse with a 114-104 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, a
team who has still never beaten them as the visitor. Danny Granger returned to
score 21 points and grab five rebounds with a pair of assists for the Pacers,
who played their last game before this weekend’s All- Star break. Indiana will
wrap its homestand after the break next Wednesday against Milwaukee. Marquis
Daniels scored 18 points and Mike Dunleavy added 14. Jamaal Tinsley
contributed eight assists in the win, Indiana’s second straight. Rudy Gay
scored a career-high 31 points for the Grizzlies, who have split their last
four contests. Memphis lost the first game of the series at home on Saturday,
114-99. Pau Gasol posted 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Hakim Warrick scored
15 points. Mike Miller added 12 points and nine boards. Guard Damon
Stoudamire, who was questionable for the game because of flu-like symptoms,
notched four points and four assists in the loss.

Final Score: Boston 117, Milwaukee 97

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in 32 points as the Boston
Celtics ended a franchise-record 18-game losing streak with a 117-97 blowout
win over the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Banknorth Garden. Gerald Green deposited 21
points and Al Jefferson had 17 and 10 boards for the Celtics, who also snapped
a franchise-worst 13-game home skid. The win was Boston’s first since January
5. Mo Williams scored 31 points, Charlie Bell had 24 and Brian Skinner scored
13 with 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its fourth straight.

Final Score: San Antonio 90, Detroit 81

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 23 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, while Manu Ginobili added 20 points as San Antonio cruised
past Detroit, 90-81, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tony Parker netted 16
points and dished out eight assists for the Spurs, who wrapped up eight-game
road trip with a 4-4 record heading into the All-Star break. Francisco Elson
poured in 12 points and pulled down 18 boards in the win. Richard Hamilton
scored 20 points and Chauncey Billups posted 19 with seven rebounds and six
assists for the Pistons, who had a seven-game winning streak halted. Chris
Webber finished with 14 points, Rasheed Wallace had 13 and Lindsey Hunger
donated 11 in defeat.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 110, Sacramento 93

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Desmond Mason scored 18 points and David
West added 16 as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets torched the Sacramento
Kings, 110-93. Devin Brown scored 15 points for the Hornets, who have won four
of five. Bobby Jackson added 14 points off the bench, and Linton Johnson
contributed 12 points in the win. Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and
15 rebounds for the Hornets. Ron Artest scored 18 points for the Kings,
who have lost three straight. Corliss Williamson scored 16 points off the
bench for the Kings, and Kevin Martin finished with 15 points for
Sacramento. Francisco Garcia scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Final Score: Minnesota 99, Denver 94

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Mark Blount posted 24 points and eight
rebounds, including eight straight down the stretch, as the Minnesota
Timberwolves held off the Denver Nuggets, 99-94, at the Target Center. Kevin
Garnett notched 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won
three of their last four games since dropping four straight. Rashad McCants
added 12 points. The Timberwolves are a solid 16-9 at home this year, but hit
the road next Tuesday after the break for a game in Washington. The Nuggets
won their third consecutive game on Monday when they defeated the Golden State
Warriors, 123-111, however All-Star Carmelo Anthony left the game with a
bruised right thigh. He returned to scored 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting
Wednesday. Nene scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who are 12-11 away from the
Pepsi Center this year and will stay on the road for one more game after this
weekend’s break. Denver will be in San Antonio next Tuesday. Marcus Camby
scored 12 points, Linas Kleiza added 11, and Steve Blake contributed a career-
high 18 assists.

Final Score: Utah 99, Cleveland 98

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored a career-high
33 points and had 12 assists as Utah overcame the Cleveland Cavaliers,
99-98. Mehmet Okur deposited 22 points and Andrei Kirilenko added 10 for
Utah, which has won six straight games. Larry Hughes registered 33 and
Drew Gooden added 15 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had
won three in a row coming in. LeBron James scored 23 and pulled down 10
boards, but shot just 9-of-25 from the field for Cleveland, which lost to
Utah for just the first time in five tries.

Final Score: Seattle 114, Phoenix 90

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen dropped in 31 points and grabbed six
rebounds as Seattle defeated a short-handed Phoenix team, 114-90, at
KeyArena. The Suns played without two key contributors in Steve Nash and Boris
Diaw. Nash, the two-time reigning league MVP, has missed four straight games
with a sore right shoulder and will also miss Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
Meanwhile, Diaw missed his second straight tilt with back spasms. Nick
Collison added 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 15 rebounds for the
Sonics, who have won three of their last four games. Rashard Lewis chipped in
with 20 points, while Earl Watson had 12 points and dished out seven assists.
Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and 13 boards for the Suns, who dropped their
third straight. Marcus Banks tallied a team-high 21 points and Leandro Barbosa
finished with 16 points and five assists but had six turnovers.

Final Score: Atlanta 96, LA Clippers 93

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson scored 27 points, and the LA
Clippers blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to fall to their third
straight loss, 96-93, to the Atlanta Hawks. Josh Smith added 19 points and
11 rebounds for the Hawks, and Zaza Pachulia finished with 15 points and
12 boards. Josh Childress scored 13 points for Atlanta, which has won three
of four entering the All-Star break.Cuttino Mobley scored a season-high 31
points for the Clippers, and Chris Kaman added 20 points and 13 boards. Shaun
Livingston scored 11 points for the Clippers.

Final Score: Golden State 120, New York 101

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson tied a season-high with 36
points and dished out eight assists, as the Golden State Warriors pounded the
New York Knicks, 120-101, at ORACLE Arena. Monta Ellis had 23 points and
seven assists while Al Harrington added 17 points, nine boards and six
assists for the Warriors, who snapped a two game losing streak before
Sundays All-Star game. Kelenna Azubuike chipped in 15 points and grabbed
seven boards in the win, Golden States fourth straight over the Knicks.
Nate Robinson poured in a season-best 23 points while Eddy Curry, Renaldo
Balkman and David Lee each netted 13 points for the Knicks, who have lost two
of their last three contests heading into the All-Star break. Lee snatched 10
rebounds and Balkman pulled down seven boards.