National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored a game-high 34 points and dished out 12 assists, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the winless Toronto Raptors, 104-92, at the Wachovia Center. Chris Webber posted 28 points and 16 rebounds for Philadelphia, which swept its four-game homestand. The Sixers have won five straight overall since starting the season 0-3. Raptors rookie forward Charlie Villanueva set career highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort. Chris Bosh added 19 points and 17 boards for Toronto, which has yet to register a win this season in eight tries.
Final Score: Orlando 85, Charlotte 77
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard had a double-double with 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic over the Charlotte Bobcats, 85-77, at TD WaterHouse Centre. DeShawn Stevenson added 16 points and Steve Francis contributed 13 points and six assists for Orlando, which won for the first time at home in four games. Jameer Nelson added 13 points off the bench in the win. Keith Bogans led Charlotte in scoring with 18 points and Sean May added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Bobcats, who lost for the fifth time in a row.
Final Score: Cleveland 114, Washington 99
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James poured in 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Cleveland past Washington, 114-99, at Quicken Loans Arena. Larry Hughes scored 22 and added eight assists for the red-hot Cavaliers, who have won five straight games. Donyell Marshall added 16 points in the win. Antawn Jamison had 26 points and 12 boards for the Wizards, who were looking to get off to the club's best start since beginning the 1974-75 season with seven straight wins.
Final Score: New Jersey 109, Seattle 99
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Nenad Krstic poured in a season-high 25 points and Richard Jefferson chipped in 19 with 11 boards to lead New Jersey past Seattle, 109-99, at Continental Airlines Arena. Vince Carter finished with 19 points and Scott Padgett added 13 points off the bench for the Nets, who snapped a brief two-game losing streak. Jason Kidd dished out nine assists and scored 10 points in the win. Rashard Lewis poured in a game- high 29 points for the SuperSonics, who fell to 1-4 on their current six-game road trip.
Final Score: Miami 109, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 102 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and keyed a late Miami run as the Heat needed overtime to defeat the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 109-102, at American Airlines Arena. Antoine Walker added 21 points off the bench and Alonzo Mourning had a double- double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who won their third straight game and fourth in a row at home. P.J. Brown scored a season-high 24 points with 12 rebounds and Chris Paul added 16 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who lost for the third time in a row.
Final Score: Detroit 115, Boston 100
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups each scored 25 points, as the Detroit Pistons remained the lone unbeaten team in the NBA by rallying for a 115-100 victory over the Boston Celtics at The Palace. At 7-0, the Pistons have recorded their third-best start in franchise history and their best since 1988-89 when they started the season 8-0 en route to their first of three NBA Championships. Detroit's 9-0 start in 1970-71 is the best in franchise history. Billups, who had 17 points in the third quarter, also had 10 assists. Rasheed Wallace came up huge with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who trailed by 13 at one point in the third quarter. Ricky Davis had 31 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who had won two of their last three games.
Final Score: Houston 94, Minnesota 89
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady scored 13 of his team-high 25 points in the final quarter, rallying the Houston Rockets to a 94-89 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. McGrady hit all 13 of his free throw attempts and came up with a couple of huge assists late in the fourth to propel the Rockets to their second victory in three games. McGrady shot just 6-of-18 from the field, but had eight rebounds and four assists. Kevin Garnett had 25 points before fouling out in the closing seconds for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game.
Final Score: Dallas 83, Denver 80
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 35 points with seven rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Denver Nuggets, 83-80, at American Airlines Center. Marquis Daniels added 17 points off the bench, while DeSagana Diop pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds for the Mavericks, who won their third straight game. Devin Harris chipped in eight points and eight assists in the win. Carmelo Anthony paced Denver with 24 points, while Andre Miller added 17 points and five assists for the Nuggets, who have yet to win a game on the road this season in four tries.
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Atlanta 79
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili poured in a game-high 24 points and Tim Duncan netted 23, as San Antonio shook off a sluggish first quarter to easily defeat Atlanta, 103-79, at SBC Center. Tony Parker was the only other Spur in double figures, finishing with 18 points and eight assists for San Antonio, which has won four of five. Al Harrington scored 22 first-quarter points for the Hawks, but finished with just 23 for Atlanta, which remains winless on the season at 0-7.
Final Score: Sacramento 119, Utah 83
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby scored a game-high 25 points and Peja Stojakovic added 21, as the Sacramento Kings blew out the Utah Jazz, 119-83, at ARCO Arena Bonzi Wells added 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Brad Miller contributed 14 points, six assists and six boards for the Kings, who have won two of their last three games. Sacramento shot 54.7 percent from the field. Milt Palacio led the Jazz with 19 points off the bench and Deron Williams added 12 for Utah, which has lost three straight.
Final Score: LA Clippers 109, Milwaukee 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Sam Cassell had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 109-85 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center. Elton Brand scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who at 6-2 are off to their best start in franchise history. Corey Maggette added 21 points for Los Angeles, which led the entire way and was in front by as many as 31 points. T.J. Ford and Michael Redd each tallied 15 points for the Bucks, who were limited to 39 percent shooting from the field and lost for the second time in three contests since starting the season with a three-game win streak.