Friday's National Basketball Association Capsules

Jan 19, 2008 - 5:49 AM By PA SportsTicker

TORONTO 89, ATLANTA 78 ----------------------

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors continued their strong play at home.

Bosh scored 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Raptors posted an 89-78 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Anthony Parker scored 18 points and Jose Calderon had 13 and nine assists for Toronto, which has won four straight at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors, who also have won five of six, can thank Bosh, who has stepped up his game recently.

A two-time All-Star, Bosh posted his third straight 30-plus point game and fifth in his last six contests. The fifth-year forward-center has averaged 34.7 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 67 percent (38-of-57) from the field in his last three contests.

Against the Hawks, Bosh, who connected on 12-of-18 from the floor, scored 13 of his total in the final quarter to help secure the victory.

After Tyronn Lue nailed a 21-foot jumper to cut Atlanta's deficit to 75-73 with 5:20 left, Toronto went on an 8-0 spurt to push its lead out to 10.

Parker, who was 4-of-6 from 3-point range, drilled a 3-pointer to begin the burst, and Bosh's three-point play made it 83-73 with 3:30 remaining.

A shot from the arc by Joe Johnson with 2:14 left cut the Raptors' lead to 83-76, but a layup and jumper by Calderon and a 19-footer from the top of the key by Bosh helped give Toronto its double-digit win.

Johnson scored 26 points and Josh Smith scored 25 for Atlanta, which shot 41 percent (31-of-75) and suffered its fifth straight road loss.

WASHINGTON 111, NEW YORK 98 ---------------------------

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Antawn Jamison had 32 points and Caron Butler added 22 to lead the Washington Wizards to a 111-98 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Wizards atoned for a 105-93 loss at New York on Tuesday night by improving to 3-8 at home this season when allowing opponents to score more than 90 points.

Washington (21-17) improved to a season high-tying four games over .500 and ended a season-high, three-game winning streak for New York (12-27).

Zach Randolph scored eight points early in the fourth quarter, including a bucket off a goaltending call that pulled the Knicks to 92-88 with 9:56 remaining.

The Wizards responded with a 11-2 run, capped by Butler's two free throws which gave Washington a 103-90 lead with 6:37 left. From there, the Wizards never looked back.

PORTLAND 98, MIAMI 91 ---------------------

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Brandon Roy scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 98-91 victory to upstage Dwyane Wade and the lowly Miami Heat.

Travis Outlaw collected 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 for Portland, which completed its first season-series sweep of Miami since the 2003-04 campaign.

It was the Heat's 12th consecutive setback despite getting 37 points from Wade, who shot 14-of-29 from the floor.

After trailing by nine points to start the third quarter, the Heat rode the shoulders of Wade to gain control entering the final period. Wade poured in 20 points, including a 16-foot jumper which capped a 14-0 surge to close out the third for a 76-69 edge.

But the Blazers rallied back in the fourth when Roy finished a tough hook over Wade that capped an impressive 19-2 surge with 5:01 left for an 88-78 bulge. Roy netted 14 points in the run.

Ricky Davis and Jason Williams both drilled 3-pointers to bring the Heat within 90-88 at the two-minute mark. However, Outlaw and James Jones connected on key shots in the waning seconds to seal the deal.

BOSTON 116, PHILADELPHIA 89 ---------------------------

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter and Ray Allen continued his resurgence from a mini-slump with 23 as the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 116-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Allen broke out of a long funk with a season-high 35 points in the Celtics' 100-90 victory over Portland on Wednesday.

Pierce was limited to 12 in that contest, the sixth straight game he had been held under 20, which marks the longest stretch since a 13-game span during his 1998-99 rookie campaign.

Pierce had just eight points in the first half Friday, and Philadelphia shot 57 percent (24-for-42) from the field to take a 57-54 lead at the break.

Pierce's 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the third forged a 61-61 tie - the first deadlock since 36-36 - and he added a three-point play four minutes later to give Boston its first lead, 69-68, since early in the second.

Pierce was 5-of-6 in the third and made both of his shots from the arc. He sat much of the fourth, when Allen and the Celtics' bench led an offensive outbreak that turned a tight contest into a laugher.

MEMPHIS 124, SEATTLE 100 ------------------------

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Playing without their leading scorer, the Memphis Grizzlies got big production from their big man and snapped a five-game skid with a 124-120 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Averaging 19.4 points this season, forward Rudy Gay missed his first game of the season with the flu after netting 30 points against Cleveland two nights ago.

But Pau Gasol, who has been red hot in his past three games, filled the stat sheet with 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. The 7-foot Spaniard has averaged better than 27.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks since last Friday.

Mike Miller poured in 25 points, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and guard Bobby Jones added 20 points and 13 rebounds in his first start for Memphis since being called up from the D-League on January 10.

Despite 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting from rookie sensation Kevin Durant, the Sonics struggled on offense, hitting only 43 percent (43-of-99) of their shots and connecting on just 4-of-19 3-point attempts.

The Grizzlies scorched the nets at a 68 percent clip in the second quarter. Gasol's layup with 2:30 left before the half started a 13-2 quarter-ending run that gave Memphis a 68-47 lead at the break.

NEW ORLEANS 112, CHARLOTTE 84 -----------------------------

NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- David West scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Hornets cruised past the Charlotte Bobcats, 112-84.

Peja Stojakovic scored 17 points and Chris Paul had 14 and 13 assists for New Orleans, which has won four straight and seven of eight.

It is also the Hornets 11th consecutive win vs. an opponent who is currently below .500.

New Orleans (27-12), which is 4-0 all-time here vs. Charlotte (15-24), outscored the Bobcats by 18 in the second quarter to take control the rest of the way.

Trailing, 27-26, after Charlotte reserve Matt Carroll drilled a jumper 27 seconds into the period, the Hornets went on a 17-6 run capped by Ryan Bowen's follow shot to take a 43-33 advantage - their first double-digit lead of the game.

Later in the period, after Jason Richardson made a layup to cut the Bobcats' deficit to 47-38 with 3:30 left in the quarter, New Orleans finished the first half on a 12-2 spurt to take a 19-point lead at intermission.

West, who had six points in the second quarter, scored 10 in the third as the Hornets increased their margin to 90-62 at the start of the final period. Stojakovic connected on 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the third for New Orleans, which shot 60 percent (47-of-78).

SACRAMENTO 100, DETROIT 93 --------------------------

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Kevin Martin scored 24 points and Brad Miller collected 17 and nine rebounds as the new-look Sacramento Kings posted a 100-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Ron Artest poured in 18 points and Mike Bibby added 16 in his second game since coming back from thumb surgery for Sacramento, which shot 50 percent (36-of-71) from the floor.

Theus finally got to see what a healthy Kings' squad is capable of with Martin, Bibby and Artest playing together for just the second time following critical injuries to each.

Bibby missed 36 games, Martin sat out 17 to rest his sore groin and Artest was absent 16 combined games due to suspension and elbow surgery.

Rasheed Wallace's tip-in gave Detroit a slim 83-80 advantage with 7:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Sacramento took the lead for good behind an 11-4 surge that was capped by Artest's 3-pointer at the 3:43 mark.

UTAH 106, LA CLIPPERS 88 ------------------------

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Carlos Boozer registered his 28th double-double of the season, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Utah Jazz won their seventh consecutive home game, 106-88, over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

A night after failing to capitalize on an opportunity to gain ground in the Northwest Division in a 120-109 road loss to the Denver Nuggets, Utah showed no signs of fatigue or frustration as an efficient offense ran soundly over the struggling Clippers.

Seven players reached double figures in scoring as Utah shot 52 percent (43-of-82) from the field and committed just nine turnovers.

Maybe, that's just the magic touch of EnergySolutions Arena. With the win, the Jazz improved to 17-3 on their home floor, tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.

Utah had a 19-point lead by the midway point of the second quarter and rarely let the Clippers up for air.

When Los Angeles' inevitable run finally came, it ended almost as soon as it had begun.

Back-to-back jumpers by veteran point guard Sam Cassell cut the Clippers' deficit to 63-53, but that was as close as it got the rest of the way. Los Angeles never pulled to within single digits.

PHOENIX 115, MINNESOTA 95 -------------------------

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Amare Stoudemire collected 23 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Nash chipped in 17 and 12 assists as the Phoenix Suns rolled to a 115-95 victory over the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.

Raja Bell scored 20 points, Leandro Barbosa added 19 and Shawn Marion scored 18 for the Suns, who shot a blistering 54 percent (44-of-81) en route to their fourth straight home win.

With only five wins on the season, Minnesota owns the worst record in the NBA, but one of those victories came against Phoenix on December 8.

In the second quarter, Nash and Marion ignited the offense with an impressive 16-2 run that was highlighted by back-to back 3-pointers to give Phoenix a 54-43 lead 3:08 remaining.

Phoenix held a commanding 63-49 advantage at intermission.

The Suns increased the offensive pressure after the break and turned the game into a laugher by pushing their lead to 91-72 heading into the final period.

GOLDEN STATE 119, CHICAGO 111 -----------------------------

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Baron Davis matched his career high with 40 points and made six 3-pointers and Stephen Jackson added 24 as the Golden State Warriors posted a 119-111 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Monta Ellis chipped in 23 points for the Warriors, who snapped a six-game losing streak at the United Center and won for the first time since February 26, 2001.

Golden State, which blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to Indiana on Wednesday, trailed for most of the contest before rallying behind Davis in this one.

The Warriors' point guard had 28 of his points in the second half, finishing 13-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from the arc.

Trailing, 71-61, with 5:20 left in the third, Davis had nine points - all on 3-pointers - to spark an 18-7 spurt, helping the Warriors take a brief 79-78 advantage with 1:44 left in the third.

Davis had 19 third-quarter points - including five 3-pointers - and the game was tied at 84-84, heading into the fourth.

Chicago led by five midway through the fourth before the Warriors rallied again, using a 10-1 run - capped by a Matt Barnes' three-point play - to take a 101-97 lead with 5:18 left to play.

With Golden State clinging to a one-point lead late in the game, Davis drove into the lane and kicked it out to Jackson in the left corner. The Warriors' captain then drilled a 3-pointer, giving his team a 112-108 bulge with 46 seconds remaining.

Chicago missed its next two shots and the Warriors made 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.






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