Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Derek Anderson scored 24 points off the
bench and dished out 10 assists, as the Charlotte Bobcats eased by the
Orlando Magic, 119-108. Gerald Wallace had 20 points and nine assists for
the Bobcats, who drilled a franchise high 14 three-pointers on 22
attempts. Charlotte also set a franchise mark with 39 assists. Raymond
Felton added 21 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which snapped a
season-high eight-game losing streak Dwight Howard finished with 26 points
and 11 boards for Orlando, which has lost three games in a row and 10 of its
last 12. Jameer Nelson had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists while
Hedo Turkoglu added 23 points and six rebounds for the Magic, who despite the
loss, outrebounded Charlotte 40-27.

Final Score: New Jersey 113, Memphis 102

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 30 points and grabbed 10
rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets over the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-102, at
Fed-Ex Forum. Mikki Moore added 24 points for the Nets, who ended a
five-game skid and pulled within one-half game of the New York Knicks for the
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Richard Jefferson tallied 18
points for New Jersey, which improved to 1-4 on its current six-game road
trip that ends on Tuesday night against the Hornets. Pau Gasol scored 19
points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who have dropped
seven of eight. Rudy Gay and Chucky Atkins each had 17 points for Memphis,
which has also dropped 10 of 12.

Final Score: Toronto 108, Milwaukee 93

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 25 points and 10
rebounds, as the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors hit the road for a
108-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. T.J. Ford notched
19 points and nine assists in his second game in Milwaukee since being traded
for Charlie Villanueva in the offseason. Andrea Bargnani netted 12 points
for Toronto, which has won three straight after a three-game slide. Juan
Dixon added 10 points for Toronto. Michael Redd scored 29 points for
Milwaukee, which has lost four of its last five games, including Saturday’s
94-92 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Charlie Bell notched 25 points
and seven boards and Mo Williams netted 18 points and grabbed eight boards
for the Bucks, who fell to 1-2 on a seven-game homestand.

Final Score: Phoenix 103, Houston 82

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa scored 32 points to lead the
playoff-bound Phoenix Suns to a 103-82 win over the Houston Rockets at U.S.
Airways Center. Boris Diaw added 15 points and Shawn Marion tallied 14 points
with 15 rebounds for the Suns, who clinched a Western Conference playoff spot
on Sunday without even taking the floor. Amare Stoudemire had only 12 points
and Steve Nash registered just 10 points and eight assists for Phoenix,
which lowered its magic number for clinching its third straight Pacific
Division title to three games. The Suns have also won five straight games
overall, completing their second straight five-game homestand sweep this
season. Tracy McGrady scored 19 points and Juwan Howard had 14 points for the
Rockets, who had a three-game win streak halted. Yao Ming had only 10 points
and eight boards for Houston, which trailed for most of the contest and was
put away by the high-powered Suns during the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Golden State 117, Dallas 100

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Don Nelson and the Warriors apparently have the
formula of how to beat Dallas, and Monday it came at the right time as Golden
State blew out the Mavericks, 117-100, to stop their franchise-record 17-game
winning streak. Nelson’s Warriors are the only team to beat Dallas twice
this year, and dropped the Mavericks to 52-10, sending them to their
first defeat since January 25 at Chicago. It was a case of Jekyll and
Hyde for the Warriors, who were blown out, 106-87, Sunday night at
Portland. Two-time All-Star guard Baron Davis (knee) missed that game, but
returned Monday with an inspired effort of nine points and seven of Golden
State’s 31 assists. Mickael Pietrus had 20 points to lead six Golden
State players in double figures, as the Warriors won for the fourth time
in five contests to move within a game of the LA Clippers for the
eighth spot in the Western Conference. Jason Richardson, Al Harrington
and Stephen Jackson each added 16 points for Golden State, which shot 57.1
percent from the field. A frustrated Dirk Nowitzki was limited to 13
points and nine rebounds on 3-of-11 shooting and committed seven of
Dallas’ 23 turnovers, as the Mavs gave up their most points this season.
Nowitzki even picked up a technical foul while on the bench for arguing in
the third quarter. Erick Dampier and Jason Terry each had 16 points for
Dallas, which shot 42.3 percent and lost for just the third time in 41 games.