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JMarkJohns
01-10-2005, 02:13 PM
From InsideHoops.com

Baller of the Day for Sunday's games is Houston's Tracy McGrady, who in a win over Denver shot 15-of-26 for 45 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Twenty of those points came in the fourth quarter. ``I told myself in the fourth that I needed to take over the game and impose my will on it,'' said McGrady to the AP and other media. ``I felt comfortable with the shots in the first half that I missed that should have fallen for me, so I told myself I was going to take those shots in the fourth.''

Fanball reports: Ruben Patterson got his second straight start for Portland on Sunday. The forward responded by putting in 20 points, grabbing five rebounds, and stealing three balls. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and four-of-eight from the charity stripe.

Fanball reports: Tracy McGrady scored a team-high 45 points on Sunday by shooting 15-of-26 from the field, five-of-nine from beyond the arc, and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. He also had 12 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and a steal in Houston's 116-98 win over Denver.

Fanball reports: Vladimir Radmanovic had his best scoring night of the season on Sunday. The forward shot 11-of-17 from the field and five-of-nine from three-point range on his way to scoring a team-high 27 points. He also added seven rebounds, one assist, and a blocked shot in the Sonics' 108-98 win over the Heat.

Fanball reports: Knicks' forward Tim Thomas sat out Sunday's game against Portland because of an injured calf. He suffered the injury on Saturday in a game against the Cavaliers. "The calf has a knot, a charley horse, that's not loosening up," Thomas told the Associated Press. Jerome Williams replaced him in New York's starting lineup.

The AP reports: SuperSonics starting forward Reggie Evans was hospitalized on Sunday because of a stomach disorder, causing him to miss Seattle's game against the Miami Heat. Coach Nate McMillan was planning to start Evans against the Heat after he practiced on Saturday. Evans missed the final two games of the Sonics' just-completed road trip because of his stomach problem, which has been diagnosed as gastroenteritis.

Ticker reports: The Portland Trail Blazers added some depth to their injury-riddled frontcourt Sunday, signing rookie free agent James Thomas to a 10-day contract. The 6-9 Thomas appeared in 14 games for the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBDL, where he averaged 12.1 points and a league-leading 14.3 rebounds.


SUNDAY'S RESULTS
The home team is in caps:

SEATTLE 108, Miami 98 - Ticker reports: The Seattle SuperSonics appear to have the Miami Heat's number. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the SuperSonics beat the Heat for the second time in a week, 108-98. On Monday, Ray Allen scored 35 points as Seattle snapped Miami's franchise-record 14-game winning streak, 98-96. The Heat, who had won two straight games since the defeat, went on a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to take a 95-93 lead with 5:55 remaining. But after Eddie Jones made a scoop shot to give Miami a 97-95 edge with 5:07 left, Seattle embarked on a 10-0 run to seize control. Seattle took the lead for good, 98-97, when Danny Fortson split two free throws with 4:10 remaining, and Radmanovic added a fast-break dunk and a 3-pointer before Fortson capped the burst by sinking a pair from the line with 45 seconds left. Fortson scored seven of his 18 points in the final period. Shaquille O'Neal collected 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat, who slipped to 2-15 all time at Seattle. Star guard Dwyane Wade added 16 points but scored just four after the second quarter, which ended with Miami ahead, 57-49. Although he played the entire final quarter, O'Neal - guarded by Fortson - was held to just one shot and five points, as Danny Fortson was given the job of trying to control him. Guarded by Antonio Daniels for much of the second half, Wade was held to just 1-of-7 shooting after the break.

TORONTO 109, Golden State 87 - Ticker reports: Rafer Alston finally snapped out of his slump. It was all the Toronto Raptors needed. Alston, who had missed 23 straight shots over a span of 2 1/2 games, scored 10 of his 15 points during a decisive third-quarter spurt as the Raptors routed the Golden State Warriors, 109-87. Alston made his first six shots in the second half as the Raptors turned a two-point half deficit into a laugher. Morris Peterson's basket snapped a 54-54 tie and started a 24-5 burst as the Raptors shot 76% in the third quarter, outscoring Golden State, 36-17. Toronto took a 78-61 lead into the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh also scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and 11th of the season. Clifford Robinson scored 18 points for the Warriors, who dropped their fifth straight game, all without guard Jason Richardson. Golden State's leading scorer, Richardson is sidelined with a sprained left ankle. Toronto scored a season-high 67 points in the second half, leading by as many as 30 in the final minutes. Rafeal Araujo contributed a career-high 14 points for the Raptors, who shot a season-high 53.6% (45-of-84) from the field, including just under 61% (28-of-46) in the second half. Matt Bonner added 15 points off the bench for the Raptors, making 7-of-11 shots.

NEW YORK 113, Portland 105 - Ticker reports: Stephon Marbury showed his younger cousin how it's done. Marbury collected 20 points and 12 assists and Allan Houston scored a season-best 25 points as the New York Knicks snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 113-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The game marked the professional Madison Square Garden debut of Portland rookie Sebastian Telfair, who - like his cousin Marbury - attended Lincoln High School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn before the Trail Blazers used the 13th pick in the draft on him. Telfair scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting, but impressed Cheeks by dishing out a season-high seven assists in 23 minutes. Marbury bounced back from a sub-par game in Cleveland on Saturday and kept the Knicks from falling two games under .500. He made a pair of layups in the final 30 seconds to give New York a 55-42 advantage at the break and recorded three assists in a 12-4 spurt that gave the Knicks their largest lead, 67-46, three minutes into the second half. Damon Stoudamire came off the bench to score 14 of his 18 points in the second half. He cut Portland's deficit to 84-77 early in the final period but the Knicks scored the next seven points and took a 91-77 advantage on Jerome Williams' three-point play with 9:56 on the clock. Telfair, whose minutes have begun to increase, scored his lone basket with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, drawing Portland within 33-27. That was when the Knicks began to pull away as Houston and rookie Trevor Ariza combined for 12 points in a 15-6 run that made it 48-33 with 4:20 left in the half. Zach Randolph contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds and Ruben Patterson added 20 points for the Blazers, who have lost four in a row and five of their last six. A day after shooting 39% and getting embarrassed in Gund Arena, the Knicks put together one of their more efficient efforts of the season as they shot a season-high 59% (41-of-70) and had a season-best seven players score in double figures.

PHOENIX 124, Indiana 89 - Ticker reports: Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns made a statement en route to surpassing last season's win total, posting their largest margin of victory of the campaign. Stoudemire had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the first half and Shawn Marion finished with 21 points as the Phoenix Suns crushed the Indiana Pacers, 124-89, for their sixth straight win. Leading throughout the contest, the Suns improved to a league-best 30-4, topping last season's win total barely 40 percent into the 82-game campaign. The club went 29-53 in 2003-04, finishing in sixth place in the seven-team Pacific Division. In the middle of a four-game Western Conference swing, the Pacers proved unable to match the Suns' up-tempo pace, falling behind, 15-3, after a fast-break dunk and a 3-pointer by Marion. The lead was pushed to 22-5 after Steven Hunter's block ignited a break that was capped by a dunk by Stoudemire. Hunter had four rejections in the opening half. Overall, the Suns finished the first quarter with a 35-14 advantage. Combined with the opening quarter of a 108-91 victory at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, the Suns have outscored their opponents, 68-31, in the first period of their last two games. Stoudemire finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Steve Nash added 10 points and nine assists for Phoenix, which improved to 17-1 in games when leading after one period. Jermaine O'Neal overcame a slow first half to score 16 points and Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 21 for Indiana. The Pacers have given up an average of 118.5 points during their three-game losing streak. Indiana is now 1-7 against the Western Conference and 0-6 when going against teams from the Pacific Division. The Suns won their last nine games at home and improved to 5-0 since the start of the new year. It is only the second time in franchise history that the Suns have started a calendar year with five consecutive wins, tying the mark they set in 1995. The 124 points are the most scored by the Suns this season.

Houston 116, DENVER 98 - Ticker reports: Tracy McGrady took over the game and handed the Denver Nuggets another loss. McGrady scored 20 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 116-98 victory over the reeling Nuggets, who have lost 10 of their last 11 contests. Denver never led, but trailed by just two points entering the final period before Houston opened the fourth with a 13-2 run to pull away. Yao Ming hit consecutive baskets to ignite the spurt. After Rodney White's dunk pulled Denver within 79-75, Yao sank a pair of free throws and McGrady nailed a 3-pointer to open a nine-point cushion with 9:42 to play. Maurice Taylor added a basket and McGrady capped the burst with a driving layup with 8:21 left to push the lead to 88-75. McGrady, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, made three 3-pointers down the stretch as the Nuggets got no closer than nine points the rest of the way. Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting for Denver, which fell behind 18-4 to start the game. The Nuggets have lost four in a row and fell to 1-4 under interim coach Michael Cooper. McGrady scored 22 points in the first half to give the Rockets a 58-47 lead at the break. Anthony scored nine points during the Nuggets' comeback in the third quarter, which saw a combined six technical fouls between both teams, and Rodney White sank a 21-footer late in the period to make it 75-73, setting the stage for McGrady's big fourth quarter. Yao finished with 21 points for the Rockets, who shot 52% (42-of-81) overall and 58% (11-of-19) from the arc. The injury problems continued for the Nuggets as guard Andre Miller suffered two in the second half. After returning from a right ankle sprain in the third quarter, he strained his left calf and exited the game for good with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter. Miller is listed as day-to-day and his injuries will be further examined Monday morning.


MONDAY SCHEDULE

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

Orlando @ Boston 7:00pm FSNE / Sunshine
Portland @ Philadelphia 7:00pm CSN / FSNW
L.A. Lakers @ Minnesota 8:00pm KSTC / KCAL NBATV
Golden State @ Chicago 8:30pm CSN-CHI
San Antonio @ Utah 9:00pm KJZZ / KRRT


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to Glenn Robinson (1973). He turns 32 today. Yay!


TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

January 10, 1985: Lenny Wilkens became the first person to coach in 1,000 NBA games when the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Golden State Warriors 89-86.

January 10, 1986: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scored his 34,000th career point, the only NBA player to reach that milestone.

January 10, 1994: Isiah Thomas of Detroit was added to the roster of Dream Team II, replacing the injured Tim Hardaway. The team would go on to win the gold medal at the 1994 World Championship of Basketball in Ontario, Canada.

January 10, 1996: In the Celtics’ 113-104 win against the Kings, Boston guard Dana Barros sank a three-point field goal in his 89th straight game, an NBA record streak that would be stopped in his next game.

January 10, 1998: Utah head coach Jerry Sloan won his 600th game with a 111-84 win at Houston.

JMarkJohns
01-10-2005, 02:19 PM
By the way...on that Suns game...

Phoenix scored 97 points by the end of the third and led by as much as 42 in the fourth.

At one point it looked like likely that the Suns would have NINE players finish with 10+ points...only seven did, but Jacobson finished with 9 and Barbosa, who made two threes in the first minute in the game, finished 2-for-2 for 6 points...

Again...for all those interested, Steven Hunter dominated the game in the first quarter. It was Hunter that really set the tone early, scoring 6 of his 10 points, grabbing 4 of hid 5 rebounds and blocking all 4 of his shots in the late-first and early-second quarters...he blocked everything that he could. If he keeps this up, he will be intrumental in the Suns playoff/Championship push...the guy get 15 minutes a game, yet has been averaging 10points, 5rebounds and 2blocks...

catgrad97
01-10-2005, 02:29 PM
His performance against Indiana was the best game I've seen out of Steven Hunter this season. He was slashing to the hoop and rejecting everything in his vicinity...even Jermaine O'Neal's shots.

Also, it should be noted (I didn't see it in the game summary) that the Phoenix Suns scored their season high for points in a single game last night. The Pacers never had a prayer.

Did anyone else see more than a passing resemblance, though, between the Suns' second unit and Arizona's first team against Stanford? Too many threes, no penetration, bad shot selection, token defense. I wasn't impressed with Maciel Lampe.

JMarkJohns
01-10-2005, 02:44 PM
Lampe's only 20...I can see why he should get limited PT, but he either needs to be traded while his mystery-factor, thus value is high or given 5-8 minutes per.

He can shoot, no question.


Barbosa can shoot a three any time he's open. He's a 50% shooter throughout his entire career. But I do see your points. But being that they were ahead by 40, I'm not sure if it's fitting to view their play last night as their play for the season.

Barbosa is a very good defender, though he can be foul-prone. Jacobson has been called the best "team" defender by D'Antoni...Voskuhl and Vroman are both hustle players who seemed to be trying hard. That leaves Lampe, who's played Euro-style from age 13 and is still very limited in the NBA, so his game is still understandable to me. Overall, I thought the second-unit played very well on offense and OK on defense. They came in with a 40 point lead and got out-played by 5 over the final six minutes.

JMarkJohns
01-10-2005, 04:00 PM
Oh and I checked...Lampe, 10points, 5rebounds in only 19 minutes...that's solid.