National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 26 points, pulled down
seven rebounds, and tallied six assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers topped
the Indiana Pacers, 105-94. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 23 points, and Eric
Snow added 14 points for Cleveland, which has won two of three and pulled
to within 2 1/2 games of idle Detroit for the top spot in both the
Central Division and the Eastern Conference. Jermaine O’Neal scored 32
points for the Pacers, who have lost four of five, and 15 of 17 overall.
Danny Granger scored 22 points for Indiana, and Troy Murphy added 16 points.
Jamaal Tinsley finished with 15 points and 12 assists for Indiana. The Pacers
missed a valuable chance to pull even with idle New Jersey for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the East. Indiana fell to one game behind the Nets,
with the Knicks only one game behind the Pacers, two games behind New
Final Score: Dallas 105, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 89
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Josh Howard scored 25 points and grabbed
10 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks continued to march towards the playoffs
with a 105-89 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Jason Terry
scored 19 points and tallied seven assists for the Mavs, who extended
their winning streak to seven straight. Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 and Devin
Harris added 14 points for Dallas, which has won 24 of 26, and maintains a
six-game hold on the top seed in the Western Conference at 59-11, the NBA’s
best record. Jannero Pargo had 23 points and seven rebounds for the
Hornets, who have dropped two of three, and fell 2 1/2 games back of the
idle Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Tyson Chandler added 13 points and eight boards for the Hornets.
Final Score: Seattle 114, Minnesota 106
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis triggered the improbable.
Down 25 points and without All-Star Ray Allen, the Seattle SuperSonics came
back and took the lead on a pair of Lewis free throws with just over one
minute left and held on for a 114-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The improbable could also be defined as historic. As the seconds ticked toward
a loss, Minnesota’s collapse went into the record books as the largest lead
turned defeat in franchise history. It was also the polar opposite of
Minnesota’s victory on Sunday against Portland. The thrill of victory
came when Kevin Garnett buried a fade away jumper as time expired for a 94-93
win. Tuesday night, Lewis scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter
when Seattle outscored Minnesota 35-12. The Sonics moved within six games
of the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final Western Conference
playoff spot, while Minnesota dropped four games behind.
Final Score: Memphis 88, LA Lakers 86
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tarence Kinsey poured in a career-high 24
points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Los Angeles Lakers, 88-86, at
the Staples Center. Rudy Gay added 20 points and a career-best 12 rebounds
for the Grizzlies, who ended a four-game slide. Kobe Bryant, whose streak of
scoring at least 50 points ended Sunday, had 23 points on 7-of-26 shooting
from the floor for the Lakers, who had a five-game win streak end. Luke
Walton had 15 points and Smush Parker had 14 for Los Angeles, which
remained in sixth place in the Western Conference despite the loss.