Friday , Mar , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki continued his push for the
league’s MVP and the Mavericks equaled a franchise-record with their 14th
straight win, escaping a pair of missed three-pointers from LeBron James in
the final few seconds for a 95-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nowitzki
had 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, as the Mavericks nearly blew a
14-point fourth-quarter lead before holding on for their 21st
consecutive home win, extending a franchise record. Jason Terry ended with 20
points and Josh Howard contributed 17 points and 10 boards for Dallas, which
tied the 14-0 start of the 2002-03 team for the longest winning streak.
That mark can be broken Saturday night at home against Orlando.

Final Score: Portland 127, Charlotte 90

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 30
points, leading Portland to a 127-90 pounding of Charlotte. Zach Randolph and
Martell Webster each added 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a two-
game skid. Aldridge ended 12-of-19 from the floor, part of a 58.3 percent
shooting effort for Portland, which dominated from start to finish. Matt
Carroll had 20 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four in a row.
Gerald Wallace scored 13 and Adam Morrison 12, but Charlotte was no match for
Portland’s hot shooting and dominating inside play.

Final Score: Seattle 77, LA Clippers 75

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis scored 31 points, including four
in the final minute, as the Seattle SuperSonics edged the Los Angeles
Clippers, 77-75, in the finale of a home-and-home set at KeyArena. Chris
Wilcox finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle, which has won two
of its last three. Luke Ridnour also scored 12 points, and Nick Collison added
11 points and 10 boards for the SuperSonics, who are 17-13 at KeyArena.
Seattle is scheduled to host rookie Adam Morrison and the Charlotte Bobcats on
Sunday. Elton Brand posted 22 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers,
who had a three- game winning streak snapped. Cuttino Mobley netted 18
points, Corey Maggette had 15, and Chris Kaman added 10 points and nine
boards for the Clippers, who return home to host Indiana on Saturday and San
Antonio on Monday; and are just 8-20 on the road this season. Both clubs were
severely shorthanded at the guard position. Seattle’s Ray Allen sat out
with inflammation in his left ankle, while Sam Cassell suffered a strained
right groin in the set’s opener, and did not play either.