Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Stephon Marbury scored 21 points and dished
out nine assists as New York dominated the second half and toppled Toronto,
92-74, at Madison Square Garden. Channing Frye finished with 20 points on 10-
of-15 shooting from the field and pulled down seven rebounds for the Knicks,
who snapped a two-game slide and have won eight of their last 10 at MSG.
Renaldo Balkman recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards, while
Nate Robinson chipped in 12 points for New York, which shot 47 percent from
the floor. Chris Bosh poured in 21 points with seven rebounds for the Raptors,
who have dropped two in a row. T.J. Ford added 14 points in defeat.

Final Score: Dallas 92, Detroit 88

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki posted his 40th double-
double of the year, scoring 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds, and the
Dallas Mavericks held off the Detroit Pistons, 92-88, at the Palace of Auburn
Hills. Devin Harris scored 22 points for Dallas, which has won three in a row
after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since dropping its
first four games of the season. Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Jerry Stackhouse
each scored 12 apiece for the Mavericks, who hold a five-game edge over idle
Phoenix in the West for the best mark in the NBA. Ronald Murray scored a team-
high 18 points and dished out six assists for Detroit, which had its five-game
winning streak snapped. Antonio McDyess contributed 17 points, Richard
Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace had 13 apiece, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for
the Pistons, who lead Cleveland in both the East and the Central Division by 2
1/2 games. Chris Webber also donated 10 points for Detroit.

Final Score: New Jersey 101, LA Clippers 95

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd poured in 23 points, dished
out 13 assists and also tied a career-high with six steals, and the New Jersey
Nets defeated the LA Clippers, 101-95, at Continental Airlines Arena. Vince
Carter scored 22 points, and Richard Jefferson had 18 points and a career-high
12 rebounds for the Nets, who have won three of their last four games and hold
the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, moving a half-game
ahead of the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks. Cuttino Mobley finished with
27 points — including 13 in the third quarter — for the Clippers, who have
lost six of their last seven games and fell a full game behind Golden State
for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Corey Maggette scored 23
points and had nine rebounds, Elton Brand finished with 17 points, nine boards
and six assists, and Tim Thomas came off the bench to score 12 points for Los
Angeles.

Final Score: Orlando 97, Miami 83

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu netted 20 points to guide the
Orlando Magic past the red-hot Miami Heat, 97-83, at the AmericanAirlines
Arena. Dwight Howard was a force, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11
rebounds for the Magic, who had dropped four of five coming in and are
fighting for one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots. Darko Milicic
also posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Shaquille O’Neal
scored 20 points while James Posey donated 14 points and seven rebounds for
Miami, which had a nine-game winning streak halted. The Heat had also won
their last 14 contests at home heading into Sunday’s game.

Final Score: Houston 124, Philadelphia 74

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Yao Ming poured in 24 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets demolished the Philadelphia 76ers,
124-74, at Wachovia Center. Tracy McGrady added 21 points and doled out eight
assists for the Rockets, who have six wins in their last seven games. Luther
Head came off the bench to score 13 points while Chuck Hayes netted 12 and had
13 boards in the victory. With the victory, Houston remains in the fifth spot
in the Western Conference playoff race. Kyle Korver came off the bench and had
17 points for the sluggish 76ers, who have lost three of their last four
games. Samuel Dalembert and Louis Williams each had 12 points for
Philadelphia, which had a season low in points. The loss drops the Sixers five
games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It
was also the largest margin of defeat for the Sixers at home in team history.

Final Score: LA Lakers 109, Minnesota 102

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant followed up his 65-point
performance by pouring in 50 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the
Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-102, at the Staples Center. Smush Parker finished
with 19 points, a season-high nine assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers,
who have won two games in a row after their seven game losing streak. Lamar
Odom had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Luke Walton donated 10
points, 11 assists and eight boards for Los Angeles, which moved into the
sixth spot in the Western Conference with the win. Ricky Davis scored 33
points for the Timberwolves, who have lost four of their last five games.
Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have
lost 10 straight road games. Mike James added 18 points and 11 assists for
Minnesota, which dropped to 2 1/2 games behind Golden State for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Final Score: Seattle 95, Portland 77

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis had a game-high 27 points and
collected 12 rebounds to guide Seattle past Portland, 95-77, at the Rose
Garden. Chris Wilcox added 26 points and nine boards for Seattle, which
snapped a five-game slide. Nick Collison posted a double-double with 16 points
and 11 boards, while Ray Allen dropped in 12 points. Zach Randolph had a team-
best 16 points on just 7-of-17 shooting for the Trail Blazers, who have
dropped four in a row. Brandon Roy finished with 14 points and five assists,
and Jamaal Magloire sprang for 11 points and 12 rebounds in a reserve role.