Tuesday , Feb , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Larry Hughes’ three-pointer thwarted any
chance of a complete Hornets comeback, and LeBron James scored 35 points with
eight assists and five rebounds, as Cleveland edged New Orleans/Oklahoma City,
97-89, at Quicken Loans Arena. Hughes scored just 11 points on 5-of-16
shooting, but he dished out five assists and grabbed eight boards. Gibson
had 12 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas donated 11 points and nine rebounds
for the Cavaliers, who snapped a brief two-game skid. West scored 25 points
with 10 rebounds and six assists, Desmond Mason complied 16 points and
Chandler notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards in defeat, the
Hornets’ first in three games.

Final Score: Phoenix 103, Indiana 92

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists as
the Phoenix Suns came back from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to win
going away, 103-92, over the Indiana Pacers. Amare Stoudemire had a monster
game, with 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shawn Marion scored 22 points for
the Suns, who won their fifth straight. Jermaine O’Neal finished with 28
points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocked shots, but couldn’t
prevent the third straight loss for the Pacers. Darrell Armstrong scored 17
points for Indiana, and Mike Dunleavy added 16 points.

Final Score: New Jersey 113, Washington 101

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 27 points and Jason
Kidd had another solid all-around game with 26 points, eight rebounds and nine
assists, as the Nets used a big run in the fourth quarter for a 113-101 win
over Washington. Bostjan Nachbar added 23 points for New Jersey, which won
its third straight after a three-game skid. The Nets also beat the Wizards
for the ninth time in the last 13 meetings. Gilbert Arenas had 26 points and
Jarvis Hayes added 21 with nine boards for the Wizards, who lost their
third straight. It was a tough night though for Arenas shooting-wise, as he
finished 7-of-25, including 3-of-12 from three-point range. Roger Mason Jr.
equaled his career-high with 18 points for Washington.

Final Score: Milwaukee 122, Golden State 101

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd poured in 31 points, Charlie
Bell reached double digits for the 19th straight time with 20 points and
Andrew Bogut scored 13 points to go along with 14 rebounds, as Milwaukee
trounced Golden State, 122-101, at the Bradley Center. Ruben Patterson added
19 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which won its second straight game
overall and third straight in the series. It was the Bucks’ first season
sweep of the Warriors since 2002-03. Mo Williams added 16 points and a season-
high 13 assists for the Bucks. Monta Ellis led six Warriors in double
figures with 17 points and Al Harrington donated 15 points in the loss.
Kelenna Azubuike tallied 14 points in defeat for the Warriors, who have
dropped three in a row.

Final Score: Dallas 91, Minnesota 65

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, grabbed 14
rebounds, and led the Dallas Mavericks to their 13th straight win, a 91-65
rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavs are now one win shy of their
franchise-record victory surge, set at the start of the 2002-03 season. Jason
Terry scored 18 points and doled out seven assists, and Josh Howard came
back from a sprained ankle suffered Monday night to score 17 points and rake
in seven rebounds for the Mavs. DeSagana Diop pulled down 10 rebounds for
Dallas, which has its second 13-game winning streak of the season. Dallas,
which also had a 12-game winning streak earlier in the season, is the first
team in NBA history to record three winning streaks of 12 or more games in one
season. They can tie the franchise record winning streak Thursday at home
against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Garnett scored 15
points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who shot a horrid 29.6
percent from the field. Ricky Davis also notched 15 points for Minnesota,
which has lost four of five. Mark Blount added 10 points for the Wolves.