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JMarkJohns
12-08-2004, 04:38 PM
From InsideHoops.com

Baller of the Day for Tuesday's games is Earl Watson, who in a Grizzlies win over the Knicks shot 9-of-10 for 22 points, five assists and two steals in 29 minutes. Watson filled in for Jason Williams, who is injured (and on the trading block).

An InsideHoops.com Nod of Recognition goes to the 84-year-old Reggie Miller, who scored 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Also, congrats to InsideHoops.com main man Andre Barrett, who helped the Rockets beat the pathetic Hornets (see game recap below).

The AP reports: Latrell Sprewell was suspended for one game by the NBA on Tuesday for yelling a sexual vulgarity at a female fan during a game. The Minnesota Timberwolves swingman's comment to a heckler was picked up by a courtside microphone and could be heard on broadcasts of the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

The AP reports: Five Indiana Pacers players and five Detroit Pistons fans were expected to be charged with assault Wednesday in a brawl that broke out on the court last month and spilled into the stands at The Palace of Auburn Hills, according to news reports. All charges are expected to be for misdemeanor assault and battery -- except for one count of felony assault against a fan accused of throwing a chair, according to reports citing unidentified sources in Wednesday editions of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News and a Tuesday report on WDIV-TV. ``I'm not going to confirm anything,'' Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. He said he would not comment until 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, when he has scheduled a news conference to announce the charges.

The AP continues: The reports said Pacers player Jermaine O'Neal was expected to face two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery, while teammates Ron Artest, David Harrison, Stephen Jackson and Anthony Johnson were expected to face one count each. Five fans were expected to face misdemeanor assault and battery charges, the reports said. One fan could face a second count of assault and battery for throwing a plastic cup that sparked the brawl Nov. 19; another was also expected to face a felony assault charge on accusations that he threw a chair into the crowd, the reports said.

The AP reports: Karl Malone has ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers because of comments made by Kobe Bryant in a radio interview, Malone's agent said Tuesday. ``Karl is furious,'' agent Dwight Manley told The Associated Press. ``He felt very disrespected and betrayed after personally being the first to stand up for Kobe over the last year throughout his rape charge and all he went through.'' Manley said remarks made by Bryant on Monday, coupled with what the agent called ``recent personal attacks made in private,'' led Malone to his decision.

The AP continues: Malone said later Tuesday that he would rather not use ``those strong words on saying I'm not coming back.'' ``I didn't come to take anybody's glory, anybody's accolades, anybody's anything,'' Malone told KCBS-TV in a telephone interview. ``But if it seems to me that that is what I'm doing, then I would rather move on and turn the page in my life. ``If that's your star player, you want him to want you on the team, right? I don't want to be anybody's distraction.''

Fanball report: Chris Webber's left knee is bugging him. I feel like I've typed that about 3,500 times in the last few years. Anyway, he'll be back in action soon.

Ticker reports: Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Tuesday for a flagrant foul against rookie forward-center Emeka Okafor of the Charlotte Bobcats. The incident occured with 3:28 remaining in the Clippers' 99-93 double-overtime victory Monday. Brand was ejected after pushing Okafor in the face.

The Houston Rockets will host the 2006 NBA All-Star weekend (which includes the all-star game). The 2005 event is in Denver.

The Knicks have activated Allan Houston. He could play later this week, or early next week. Whenever he feels ready.

Hubie Brown is ready to grab the microphone again. Less than two weeks after retiring as an NBA coach, Hubie Brown has joined ABC as the top NBA analyst, the network announced Tuesday. The 71-year-old Brown stepped down as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on November 26, citing medical reasons. In 2003-04, Brown came out of retirement after a 16-year hiatus and won NBA Coach of the Year honors, guiding the Grizzlies to a 50-32 record and the first playoff berth in franchise history

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

CLEVELAND 103, NEW JERSEY 97 - Ticker reports: Jason Kidd could not provide the New Jersey Nets more late-game heroics, and the reason was LeBron James. Kidd hit another big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter but James scored 27 points and made more plays down the stretch as the Cleveland Cavaliers posted a 103-97 victory over the Nets... Harris scored 11 points in 21 minutes off the bench for the Cavs. Over the past five games, Harris is shooting 53% (18-of-34) from the field and averaging 9.6 points. Jefferson scored 27 points for the Nets, who dropped their seventh consecutive road game. Kidd, who returned Monday and helped spark a win over Toronto, scored 10 points in 20 minutes. His 3-pointer with 2:28 left pulled New Jersey within 93-92. Led by Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, the Cavaliers held a 53-44 halftime lead thanks to a 24-4 advantage in points in the paint. Jeff McInnis had 16 points and eight assists and Drew Gooden added 16 and 10 boards for his fourth straight double-double for Cleveland, which won its eighth consecutive home game and third straight overall.

MILWAUKEE 89, INDIANA 86 - Ticker reports: Michael Redd had an answer for Reggie Miller. Redd scored nine of his 28 points in the final 75 seconds as the Milwaukee Bucks survived a fourth-quarter outburst by Miller and edged the struggling Indiana Pacers, 89-86, for their first road win of the season. Reggie Miller made 11-of-18 shots - including 4-of-7 from the arc - and has led the Pacers in scoring in both games since returning from the injured list. Miller was in no mood to talk about heroics after a loss. Desmond Mason scored 21 points for the Bucks, who were off to their worst start on the road since losing a franchise-record 16 straight road games to start the 1976-77 season. The player shuffle continued for the Pacers, who have lost five in a row and are starting to feel the effects of the mass suspensions.

MEMPHIS 96, NEW YORK 88 - Ticker reports: Earl Watson knew a victory over the New York Knicks would be simply elementary. Watson scored a career-high 22 points and led four players in double figures to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 96-88 victory over the New York Knicks. Watson scored just one point in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks in New York. But he got the start for Jason Williams, who was placed on the injured list with a sore right foot, and sank 9-of-10 shots. The tiny point guard also handed out five assists and helped limit Stephon Marbury to nine points on 2-of-12 shooting. Marbury scored 26 points against Memphis six days ago but had just one point through three quarters after picking up his fourth foul with 4:28 left in the third period.

DALLAS 97, MINNESOTA 87 - Ticker reports: Dirk Nowitzki wasn't about to be shut down on consecutive nights. Nowitzki scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half as he lit up Kevin Garnett and led the Dallas Mavericks to a convincing 97-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. The NBA's leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, Nowitzki was limited to 6-of-24 shooting by rangy Rasheed Wallace in Monday's loss to Detroit. In this one, he was matched up against Garnett, another of the league's top defensive power forwards. Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first half but came alive with 12 points in the third quarter, when Dallas took the lead for good. He finished 13-of-26 from the field... Josh Howard had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Henderson had 11 and 15 and Erick Dampier 11 and 11 for the Mavericks, who held a 54-35 advantage on the boards and scored a staggering 24 second-chance points. Recently acquired Darrell Armstrong started at point guard and had six points and six assists. Rookie Devin Harris, who had been starting, did not play. Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points for the Timberwolves, who were without Latrell Sprewell. The swingman was suspended by the NBA for shouting obscenities at a female fan in Los Angeles on Saturday.

PHOENIX 118, GOLDEN STATE 104 - Ticker reports: Steve Nash and Shawn Marion felt it would only be a matter of time before the Phoenix Suns would overtake the Golden State Warriors. Nash and Marion both posted double-doubles and helped spark a 21-0 fourth-quarter run to lead the Suns to a 118-104 victory over the Warriors. Phoenix has won 11 of 12 and tied the second-best start in franchise history at 15-3. The 1980-1981 squad got off to a 17-3 start. Trailing, 92-85, with 10 minutes left, the Suns broke open the contest when Marion and Nash combined for 12 points in the surge that provided a 106-92 lead. Golden State missed eight shots during that span. Nash had 26 points and 11 assists and Marion had 23 and 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double. Amare Stoudemire scored 33 points and Joe Johnson added 20 for Phoenix, which has won 17 of the last 19 meetings at home.

SACRAMENTO 109, CHARLOTTE 92 - Ticker reports: Chris Webber was unavailable due to a knee injury. Luckily for the Sacramento Kings, they did not need him against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. Peja Stojakovic scored a season-high 30 points with 12 rebounds and Brad Miller added a season-best 27 points to make up for Webber's absence as the Kings won for 12th time in 13 games with a 109-92 victory over the Bobcats... Steve Smith scored 16 points and Kareem Rush added 14 in his debut for the Bobcats, who are the only winless road team in the NBA (0-8). Charlotte jumped on Sacramento in the first quarter, using a 16-4 run at the end of the period to take a 28-22 lead after 12 minutes. But Darius Songaila provided a spark off the bench, scoring 10 of his career-high 17 in the second quarter for the Kings, who improved to 7-1 in their first meeting with an expansion team.

HOUSTON 89, NEW ORLEANS 81 - Ticker reports: Tracy McGrady and Andre Barrett did in the New Orleans Hornets down the stretch. McGrady scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and rookie Andre Barrett added a season-high 14 as the Houston Rockets posted an 89-81 victory over the hapless Hornets, who have lost seven in a row. Barrett took advantage of the Hornets' double-teaming McGrady and Yao Ming to score 10 points in the final period. McGrady was caught off guard by his teammate's ability... After averaging just over 12 points in a four-game stretch, Yao, who scored 21 points, reached the 20-point mark for the second straight game. He also grabbed nine rebounds as he helped Houston to 41-29 advantage off the glass.

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

All times Eastern. Local and national television info to right of each game:

Minnesota @ Philadelphia 7:00pm CSN / FSNN NBATVHighDef
Denver @ Washington 7:00pm CSN / Altitude
Memphis @ Atlanta 7:30pm FSO
Toronto @ Detroit 7:30pm FSN Det , RSN
Miami @ Milwaukee 8:00pm UPN 24 / Sunshine
New York @ New Orleans 8:00pm MSG
Cleveland @ Chicago 8:30pm CSN-CHI / FSOhio
Seattle @ San Antonio 8:30pm FSNSW / FSN-SEA
Orlando @ Utah 9:00pm Sunshine
Phoenix @ L.A. Lakers 10:30pm FSN / UPN 45

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

December 8, 1961: Larry Costello of the Syracuse Nationals scored 32 straight points without missing -- 13 field goals and six free throws -- as Syracuse lost 123-111 at Boston.

December 8, 1961: Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points, the second highest scoring performance in NBA history, in the Philadelphia Warriors’ 151-147 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in three overtimes.

December 8, 1989: Jack Sikma, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, grabbed his 10,000th career rebound, becoming only the 18th player in league history at the time to accomplish that feat.

December 8, 1992: Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins set an NBA record for most free throws made in a game without a miss, as he went 23-for-23 from the FT line in the Hawks’ 123-114 win over visiting Chicago.

December 8, 1998: The NBA announced the cancellation of the 1999 NBA All-Star Weekend, including the 49th Annual NBA All-Star Game scheduled for February 14 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. This is the first time that the annual event had been cancelled. The cancellation was due to a labor dispute between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

December 8, 1999: Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley’s storied career came to an end in Philadelphia, when he attempted to block a shot by the Sixers’ Tyrone Hill. Barkley, who scored 23,755 points (13th in NBA history) and grabbed 12,545 rebounds (14th in NBA history), tore the left quadriceps tendon away from the kneecap in the first quarter of Houston's 83-73 loss to Philadelphia. After the game, Barkley held a news conference and paid tribute to former teammates Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones, who Barkley said initiated him in the ways of the NBA in his early years with the 76ers. Barkley would return to play token minutes in the last game of the regular season, which would then be the final game of his career.

December 8, 2000: Hakeem Olajuwon passed the 26,000-point plateau for his career in a 111-98 loss to Sacramento, becoming only the fifth NBA player to record 26,000 career points and 13,000 career rebounds. Olajuwon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes.

December 8, 2000: Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers broke a 40-year-old NBA record when he missed all 11 of his free throw attempts against Seattle. Wilt Chamberlain missed all 10 of his free throw attempts against Detroit on November 4, 1960.