National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – A triple-threat of Tracy McGrady, Rafer Alston
and Yao Ming led Houston to a 114-100 rout of the Raptors. McGrady totaled 24
points and seven assists, as the Rockets won for the fifth time in six
contests. Alston had 23 points, eight boards and nine assists before fouling
out, and Yao contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds for Houston, which is
firmly in the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.Chris Bosh
tallied 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors,
who had a four-game victory streak broken. T.J. Ford led the way for Toronto
with 18 points and eight assists. Juan Dixon ended with 17 points and Andrea
Bargnani scored 16 in a losing cause, as the Raptors never led.
Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Utah 88
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Kyle Korver’s jumper with 5.1 seconds
remaining proved to be the game winner as Philadelphia edged Utah, 89-88, at
the Wachovia Center. With the Sixers trailing by a point, Samuel Dalembert
freed Korver on what looked like an illegal screen but the whistles
remained silent and Korver found himself wide open for an 18-foot jumper
from the left baseline. The shot was true and the Sixers were on top 89-88
with 5.1 ticks left. Deron Williams tried to win it with a long three from
the left wing but his shot was long and the Sixers held on for the exciting
victory. Andre Iguodala scored 23 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had
four steals for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game skid and have won eight
of their past 10 games. Dalembert added 17 points and seven boards, while
Andre Miller finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Williams tallied 18 points and 16 assists for the Northwest Division-leading
Jazz, who have dropped three straight contests. Mehmet Okur had 15 points, 10
boards and six assists, while Carlos Boozer and Matt Harpring netted 14 points
Final Score: LA Clippers 102, Charlotte 93
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Tim Thomas came off the bench to score 24
points, and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Charlotte Bobcats, 102-93.
Elton Brand added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a
five-game losing streak. Corey Maggette and Cuttino Mobley had 14 points each
for LA. Raymond Felton had 18 points for the injury-stricken Bobcats, who
played without Sean May, Emeka Okafor, Primoz Brezec, and Brevin Knight, who
all sat with injuries. Gerald Wallace scored 15 points and grabbed eight
rebounds for the Bobcats, who had won two straight entering the game. Matt
Carroll scored 13 for Charlotte.
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 92, New York 90
New York, NY (Sports Network) – David West scored 18 points, and hit the go-
ahead jumper with 55 seconds remaining, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets came back from 18 points down to top the New York Knicks, 92-90.
West finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped a
six-game losing streak. Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, and Rasual
Butler scored 17 points. Steve Francis had 21 points and 10 assists, but
missed a potential game-winning three-pointer. Channing Frye scored 20
points and Eddy Curry had 18 for the Knicks, who have lost two straight at
Madison Square Garden after winning seven in a row.
Final Score: Miami 103, Sacramento 97
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal scored 23 points as the
streaking Miami Heat downed Sacramento, 103-97, to win their ninth straight
game. Jason Williams added 19 points and five assists for the Heat, who won
for the 14th consecutive time at home and drew even with the idle Washington
Wizards at the top of the Southeast Division. Eddie Jones also chipped in
with 19 points and James Posey finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ron
Artest had a game-high 32 points and 11 boards for the Kings, who have
dropped seven straight games against Miami. Mike Bibby tallied 21 points on 8-
of-15 shooting, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 18 points.
Final Score: Dallas 106, Boston 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 30 points in the
final quarter and sealed Dallas’ 106-101 comeback win over Boston by nailing a
jumper in the closing seconds. Nowitzki also had 12 rebounds and went 12-of-13
at the foul line. Josh Howard equaled a career-best with 30 points and added
eight boards for Dallas, which snapped a two-game skid and moved its NBA-best
mark to 53-11. Paul Pierce had 29 points and eight assists for the Celtics,
who lost for the third time in four contests. Gerald Green finished with a
career-high 25 points and Al Jefferson totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds for
Boston, which blew a 12-point lead in the third quarter.
Final Score: Detroit 105, Phoenix 83
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Ronald Murray’s season-high 25 points and six
steals paced Detroit as they ambushed Phoenix, 105-83, at US Airways Center.
Rasheed Wallace had 20 points for the Pistons, winners of five straight games.
Chris Webber chimed in with 17 points and nine rebounds and Carlos Delfino
came off the bench to score 13 points and grab seven rebounds for Detroit,
which owns the best road record in the Eastern Conference (23-10). Amare
Stoudemire posted 24 points and a game-high 15 boards for the Suns, whose
six-game win streak came to a crashing halt. Steve Nash contributed 20 points
and six assists, and Boris Diaw added 12 points.
Final Score: LA Lakers 116, Portland 111 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 65
points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-
111, at the Staples Center. Bryant hit 23-of-39 shots from the floor,
including a three-pointer with 44 seconds left in overtime to give the
Lakers the lead for good. He also hit a game-tying trey at the end of
regulation. Lamar Odom had 15 points Maurice Evans scored 14 points for the
Lakers, who ended a seven-game slide. Zach Randolph had 31 points and seven
rebounds to lead the Blazers, who blew a nine-point lead late in regulation
to fall for the third straight time. Ime Udoka had 19 points and LaMarcus
Aldridge tallied 16 points and 10 boards for Portland.
Final Score: Golden State 106, Minnesota 86
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Monta Ellis scored 24 points and dished out
six assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves,
106-86, at ORACLE Arena. Jason Richardson had 14 points, seven rebounds
and eight assists for the Warriors, who trail the Clippers for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference. Andris Biedrins had nine points and
12 rebounds for Golden State, which has won five of its last six games. Kevin
Garnett finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost
three of its last four games. Mark Blount added 20 points and seven assists
for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine straight games on the road and are
starting to fade in their chase for the final playoff spot in the Western