National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 21 points, as the Milwaukee
Bucks downed the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors, 94-81, at the Air
Canada Centre. Milwaukee, which owns a 9-25 road mark this season, snapped an
11-game losing streak away from home. Charlie Bell netted 19 points to
reach double digits for the 20th straight time for the Bucks, who have won
three in a row since ending their season-high seven-game losing streak. Andrew
Bogut posted 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Charlie Villanueva added 14
points and 11 boards off the bench. Mo Williams contributed 13 points and
eight assists. Andrea Bargnani notched 16 points and nine rebounds off
the bench for the Raptors, who have now lost two of their last three.
Chris Bosh posted 14 points and 10 boards, while Jorge Garbajosa netted 13
points. T.J. Ford had 10 points and nine assists, and Morris Peterson also
Final Score: Philadelphia 117, Memphis 112 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala scored 27 points, pulled
down nine rebounds and dished out six assists, as Philadelphia outlasted
Memphis, 117-112, in overtime at the Wachovia Center. Kyle Korver also had 27
points, and four steals, off the bench for the Sixers, who won their third
straight game to match their longest winning streak of the year. Joe Smith
chipped in 18 points and 12 boards, while Willie Green finished with 16
points. Pau Gasol had a game-high 31 points and 13 rebounds for the
Grizzlies, who have dropped three straight games and six of seven. Mike
Miller tallied 27 points and drained a three in the final seconds to send the
game to overtime, while Hakim Warrick netted 17 points.
Final Score: Washington 93, Atlanta 92
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison netted 22 points in his
first action in 12 games, as the Washington Wizards celebrated the return of
two key contributors with a 93-92 win over Atlanta at the Verizon Center.
Caron Butler was also back in the lineup and had four points, eight rebounds
and five assists for the Wizards, who had dropped four in a row. Jamison had
been out with a sprained left knee since January 30, and the Wizards were 4-8
without him. Butler missed Washington’s last three contests with lower back
spasms, and the Wizards lost each of those games. Gilbert Arenas finished
with 19 points in the tight victory, while DeShawn Stevenson provided
several of the key plays down the stretch and ended with nine points and five
assists. Josh Smith had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Marvin Williams donated
21 points for Atlanta, which has lost four straight and six of seven. Joe
Johnson added 20 points and six assists in a losing effort.
Final Score: New York 106, Golden State 97
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury scored 12 of his 34 points in
the fourth quarter, leading the New York Knicks over the Golden State
Warriors, 106-97, at Madison Square Garden. Quentin Richardson added 30
points and 12 boards for the Knicks, who have alternated wins and losses
over the last 11 games. Eddy Curry tallied 22 points and seven rebounds
for New York, which has won seven straight at home. Al Harrington had 26
points and eight boards to lead Golden State, which has lost five straight
overall. Monta Ellis added 17 points for the Warriors, who have dropped seven
in a row on the road, including the first three of their current five-game
Final Score: Miami 85, Detroit 82
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal had a season-high 31 points,
pulled down 15 rebounds and had a season-best six assists, as Miami overcame
blowing a 22-point lead before pulling out an 85-82 triumph over Detroit.
Antoine Walker added 22 points for Miami, which won its eighth in a row at
home, helped by Detroit’s horrendous three-point shooting. Tayshaun Prince
had 22 points and Richard Hamilton scored 20 for the Pistons, who had a
four-game winning streak broken. Antonio McDyess scored 17 and had 12 boards
for Detroit, which was a paltry 1-for-16 from three-point range. James Posey
scored 10 and had seven boards for Miami, which posted its second straight
Final Score: San Antonio 98, Orlando 74
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili erupted for 31 points — 25
of which came in the second half — to carry the San Antonio Spurs past the
Orlando Magic, 98-74, at AT&T Center. Ginobili was a blistering 6-of-9 from
beyond-the-arc and dished out five assists for the Spurs, who have won
seven in a row. Tim Duncan posted a double-double with 19 points and 10
rebounds while Michael Finley dropped in 12 points off the bench. Hedo
Turkoglu was 7-of-8 from the field en route to a 22-point night for
Orlando, which has dropped six of its last seven. Jameer Nelson contributed 18
points, seven rebounds and four assists in a losing effort.
Final Score: Utah 109, Minnesota 83
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Deron Williams notched 21 points and
eight assists, as the Utah Jazz pounded the Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-83, at
the Target Center. Gordan Giricek scored a season-high 20 points for the
Northwest Division-leading Jazz, who have won three of their last four and
10 of their last 12. Matt Harpring netted 19 points, and Andrei Kirilenko,
Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap each added 10 points in the rout. Kevin Garnett
scored 22 points for Minnesota, which, coming off the worst shooting
performance in franchise history, lost its fifth game in the last six to wrap
a five-game homestand. Ricky Davis scored 16 points and Craig Smith 11 for
the Wolves, who shot a horrid 29.6 percent from the floor on Tuesday in a
91-65 setback to Dallas.
Final Score: Chicago 104, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 93
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Luol Deng added
24 to lead the Bulls over the Hornets, 104-93, at the United Center. Kirk
Hinrich added 22 points, scoring nine during a game-clinching 19-2 run late
in the fourth quarter, as Chicago has won two straight and five of seven.
Chris Paul had 16 points and six assists to lead the Hornets, who have dropped
two of three. Bobby Jackson added 13 points and David West and Devin Brown
each had 12 points, as the Hornets couldn’t hold on to a late lead and lost to
the Bulls for the third straight time. Tyson Chandler’s first game in
Chicago since being traded to the Hornets in the off-season was bittersweet.
He registered his 11th straight double-double, recording 10 points and 13
boards, but his team was swept by Chicago in the season series.
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Indiana 90
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and grabbed
10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns got back on the winning track with a 115-90
win over the Indiana Pacers. Steve Nash scored 23 points and added seven
assists for the Suns, who had their five-game winning streak snapped in a
99-94 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday, Phoenix’s first road loss to an
Eastern Conference team all season. Raja Bell scored 17 points, and Leandro
Barbosa added 14 points off the bench for Phoenix. Danny Granger scored 20
points for the Pacers, who lost their fourth straight, and second in a row
to Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pacers, 103-92, in Indiana on Tuesday.
Marquis Daniels and Jermaine O’Neal added 16 points each for the Pacers, and
O’Neal finished with seven rebounds.
Final Score: Houston 108, Denver 97
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and dished out
seven assists and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds, as the
Houston Rockets held off the Denver Nuggets, 108-97, at the Pepsi Center.
Juwan Howard posted 18 points and seven assists for Houston, which snapped a
two-game losing streak. Luther Head scored 17 points, Shane Battier 15, and
Rafer Alston netted 12. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points for Denver, which
played the middle contest of a three-game homestand and has lost five of
seven. Allen Iverson netted 19 points, Steve Blake 14, and Eduardo Najera
and Linas Kleiza chipped in 10 points apiece. Marcus Camby blocked a season-
high tying seven shots.
Final Score: Sacramento 116, LA Lakers 108
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby scored 33 points and dished out
seven assists, as the Kings never trailed in beating the Lakers, 116-108.
Kevin Martin added 20 points and Ron Artest scored 19 for Sacramento, which
has won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game surge from
January 31 – February 10. Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Corliss Williamson each
scored 12 for the Kings, who went 29-of-37 from the foul line. That included
a 12-for-14 performance from Bibby, who also went 5-of-9 from three-point
range. Kobe Bryant had 30 points and 10 assists to pace Los Angeles, which
had its three-game winning streak broken. Lamar Odom ended with 26 points, 13
rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have dropped seven of their
last 10 contests.