Tuesday's National Basketball Association Capsules

Nov 14, 2007 - 6:47 AM By PA SportsTicker

BOSTON 101, INDIANA 86 ----------------------

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers showed the rest of the NBA that the Boston Celtics' trio of stars could be slowed down - at least for one quarter.

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his season-high 31 points in the second quarter and Ray Allen scored all 17 of his points after intermission as the Celtics continued their impressive start with a 101-86 victory over the slumping Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics, who entered the game outscoring their opponents by an average of 16 points and shooting 11 percentage points higher, held the Pacers to 35 percent (29-of-83) shooting and forced 22 turnovers en route to starting the season 6-0 for the first time since 1987-88 when Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale were ruling the courts.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double for Boston, which got nine points off the bench from reserve forward Brian Scalabrine and 11 rebounds and six assists from Pierce.

Boston's "Big Three" of Pierce, Allen and Garnett entered the contest averaging a combined 69.0 points, 25.0 rebounds and 14.0 assists in their first five games. But Indiana led by as many as six and was within 26-24 after one period as the "Big Three" scored just eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.

But Pierce carried the Celtics' offense in the second quarter, scoring 15 of their last 17 points as Boston built a nine-point lead.

The All-Star's baseline drive which resulted in a three-point play gave Boston a 46-41 lead with 1:52 left in the half. On Boston's next possession, Pierce backed down Shawne Williams and converted a lefthanded layup to increase the lead to seven.

Pierce hit all 11 of his free throws and Boston converted 19-of-24 from the free-throw line in the half and held Indiana to 33 percent (13-of-39) shooting in taking a 52-43 edge into the locker room.

Furthermore, Jermaine O'Neal got in early foul trouble and was held scoreless on five shots, and Williams picked up four fouls in the half.

Allen, who was held scoreless in the first half on four shots, picked up the pace in the third quarter - scoring 10 points in the first six minutes as Boston built a 66-52 edge.

His 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:50 left in the quarter made it 69-54 and Pierce added a three-point play 30 seconds later - his first hoop of the half - to extend the edge to 72-56.

Indiana pulled with 76-65 after three periods, and pulled within 89-82 with four minutes left before Garnett hit an outside jumper to help hold off the rally.

Danny Granger, who kept the Pacers in the game in the first half by converting 5-of-6 shots for 13 points, finished with 24 points as Indiana lost its fourth straight.

Celtics reserve guard Eddie House left the game in the fourth period with an apparent leg injury.

ORLANDO 103, SEATTLE 76 -----------------------

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Rashard Lewis scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Orlando Magic crushed the winless Seattle SuperSonics, 103-76.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points and Dwight Howard added 13 and 12 rebounds for Orlando (6-2), which is off to its best start since the 1998-99 squad started 9-2.

Meanwhile, Seattle, which had an early 8-1 lead, dropped to a franchise-worst 0-8 to begin 2007-08.

The 6-10 Lewis was the catalyst for the Orlando comeback, scoring 12 points in the first period, as the Magic took a 28-14. The nine-year veteran who signed a franchise-record six-year, $110-million contract over the summer, spent his first eight seasons with Seattle before the club decided it wanted to rebuild by trading Lewis and All-Star Ray Allen.

Lewis, who connected on 9-of-15 from the floor and was facing Seattle for the first time, had 19 points as the Magic cruised to a 49-36 halftime lead. Seattle's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (973) also drilled 4-of-8 from the arc.

CHARLOTTE 91, MIAMI 76 ----------------------

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and sparked a big run to open the third quarter as the Charlotte Bobcats cruised to an easy 91-76 victory over the division-rival Miami Heat.

Jason Richardson scored 18 points and Emeka Okafor added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who pounded the Heat, 31-12, in the third quarter to spark their blowout victory.

Wallace, Richardson and Okafor each scored five points in the decisive 18-3 run in which Charlotte connected on 7-of-11 shots while the Heat made just 1-of-8. The Bobcats also converted two of the Heat's turnovers into five points.

Richardson's third 3-pointer of the game gave Charlotte an 11-point cushion and forced Miami coach Pat Riley to call timeout just two minutes into the second half.

Charlotte continued to control the game throughout the third period. Okafor's three-point play at 7:17 sent Heat center Shaquille O'Neal to the bench with his fourth foul while extending the Bobcats' lead to 55-38.

Wallace's 3-pointer on the next possession put Charlotte ahead by 20 points and capped the 18-3 outburst.

MEMPHIS 105, HOUSTON 99 -----------------------

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Pau Gasol scored 26 points and made some clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Memphis Grizzlies overcome a great night by Tracy McGrady and defeat the Houston Rockets, 105-99.

Darko Milicic added 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and six rebounds for Memphis, which avoid a three-game skid by shooting 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field and winning the rebounding battle, 44-36.

McGrady scored 41 points for the Rockets, who have surrendered 100-plus points just twice this season, resulting in their only two losses.

With the game tied at 97-97, Memphis went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to take control of the game. Gasol made four of them en route to going 14-of-16 from the line for the contest.

Gasol, who averaged just one shot and no points in the closing halves of a pair of road losses Friday and Saturday, collected eight points in the third quarter and connected on a pair of free throws in the last 24 seconds of the period to give Memphis an 80-79 advantage.

The Grizzlies opened the fourth with an 11-4 run, capped by a putback dunk by forward Stromile Swift over Rockets center Yao Ming, to go up by eight with under eight minutes to play.

PHOENIX 113, NEW YORK 102 -------------------------

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Nash dished out 12 assists as the Phoenix Suns outclassed the New York Knicks, 113-102, at the U.S. Airways Center.

Shawn Marion had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Suns, who took advantage of New York playing without Marbury and forwards Zach Randolph (death in the family) and Quentin Richardson (elbow).

But the most glaring absence was Stephon Marbury, who reportedly skipped the Knicks' morning practice on Monday after being informed that he would not start in Tuesday's game.

The enigmatic point guard reportedly flew back to New York prior to the contest in a huff - sparking rumors that the Brooklyn native had played his last game for his hometown team.

If so, Marbury's tenure in New York has been rife with unfulfilled expectations and controversy since his arrival in 2004-05.

The Knicks spent this summer fighting off an embarrassing sexual harrassment lawsuit by former Madison Square Garden employee Anucha Browne Sanders. The central figures in that case - coach Isiah Thomas and Marbury - are again front and center in New York's current debacle.

Thomas' relationship with Marbury may have eroded after the point guard's testimony in the very public trial most likely caused the coach - and MSG - to lose the case. Thomas responded by reportedly benching Marbury at an odd time, just five games into the season.

SAN ANTONIO 107, LA LAKERS 92 -----------------------------

SAN ANTONIO(Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant struggled, and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Los Angeles Lakers 107-92 at the AT&T Center.

Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs, who are undefeated at home, with 26 points and nine assists.

Bryant, who entered the game averaging 30.4 points per game, scored 18 points. He couldn't get in any kind of early groove, and it didn't help that he had the pesky Bruce Bowen on him most of the night.

But Bowen also chipped in heavily on offense. Bowen, whose previous season high was seven points, finished with 23 points, including 6-of-6 from the 3-point line.

It was only the second road game of the year for the Lakers, who committed 19 turnovers. Averaging 17 turnovers per game, Los Angeles coughed it up 15 times in the first half alone.

Bowen hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Parker scored 10 points to give San Antonio a 21-15 lead after the first.

DALLAS 99, PHILADELPHIA 84 --------------------------

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki flashed his all-around skills and Jason Terry dazzled off the bench as the Dallas Mavericks posted a 99-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Nowitzki collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to help the Mavericks extend their winning streak to four games in the series. He also had three blocks and two steals.

Terry was once again impressive as a reserve, scoring 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting. He has managed to reach the 20-point plateau in all but two games this season.

Trailing, 50-43, at intermission, Dallas opened the second half on a 16-2 surge to take the lead for good on Devin Harris' driving layup with 8:04 remaining. Terry poured in seven points during the stretch to help Dallas carry a 76-68 bugle heading into the final quarter.

The Mavericks extended their lead to 86-72 with 8:15 left behind a 10-4 burst to begin the fourth and coasted thereafter.

PORTLAND 102, DETROIT 94 ------------------------

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- .LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Brandon Roy added 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers posted their fourth straight win, a 102-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

A second-year forward, Aldridge shot 9-of-16 and hit several shots over the 6-11 Wallace, who was traded by the Trail Blazers in 2004 after parts of nine seasons in Portland.

Jarrett Jack scored 20 points off the bench for the Blazers, who had lost all five meetings in Portland against Wallace's Pistons since the trade.

Wallace, who was the go-to guy in Portland, was traded to Atlanta and then ended up in Detroit a week later. He scored 13 points in the first half, but was silent in the second - tallying just two.

Meanwhile, the teams entered the final period tied at 74-74 after Flip Murray hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third.

Portland used an 11-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by Jack at the 5:58 mark that put it up 90-84. The lead grew to seven at 94-87 on a shot from the arc by Roy with 3:29 left.

However, Detroit cut the lead to 94-91 on a layup by Tayshaun Prince with 2:11 left, but Jack hit a layup and Aldridge and Travis Outlaw hit a free throw apiece to seal the win.

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