National Basketball Association Game Capsules
(Friday, December 25th)
Final Score: Miami 93, New York 87
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the Miami Heat held off a late New York charge to snag a 93-87 win at Madison Square Garden, ending the Knicks' six-game home win streak. Wade added five assists and four steals for the Heat, who beat the Knicks for the fourth straight time. Michael Beasley added 19 points, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and six boards in the win. Jermaine O'Neal contributed with 11 points and eight rebounds for Miami, which has won four of five overall. Danilo Gallinari led the Knicks with 26 points and eight rebounds, and New York's three-game win streak came to an end. David Lee chipped in 19 points and 16 boards, as the Knicks went a dreadful 5-of-28 from three-point range. Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, in defeat.
Final Score: Boston 86, Orlando 77
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored 18 points while Rajon Rondo notched 17 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic, 86-77, in a Christmas Day matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference at Amway Arena. Tony Allen was also key offensively for Boston with 16 points. Kevin Garnett added 10 points and seven boards for the Celtics, who have won three straight and 14 of their last 15 games overall. Rasheed Wallace scored 11 points off the bench in the victory. Boston owns the best record in the East at 23-5. Vince Carter scored 27 points for the Magic, who saw their three-game win streak halted. Rashard Lewis posted 19 points while Dwight Howard totaled a game-high 20 rebounds but scored only five points in the losing effort.
Final Score: Cleveland 102, LA Lakers 87
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - LeBron James posted 26 points and nine assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-87 win over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the marquee Christmas day matchup at Staples Center. The contest featured both the current and previous MVP winners in the NBA, as James and Bryant also serve as the two most popular players in the league. Mo Williams scored 28 points for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games overall. Shaquille O' Neal contributed 11 points in the win. O'Neal, of course, was a former teammate of Bryant with the Lakers -- the pair won three straight NBA titles together with current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. Bryant netted a game-high 35 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who saw their five-game win streak halted. Ron Artest added 13 points and Pau Gasol notched 11 points for the Lakers. This setback also put the brakes on LA's 11-game home winning streak. The game turned ugly in the fourth quarter when fans became enraged and started to throw "foam hands", water bottles and other items onto the floor.
Final Score: Phoenix 124, LA Clippers 93
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire led a balanced Phoenix attack with 26 points and nine rebounds as the Suns rolled over the Los Angeles Clippers, 124-93, at US Airways Center. Jason Richardson tallied 18 points and eight rebounds, while Jared Dudley also scored 18 for the Suns, who had lost their previous two games - both at home. The Suns had won 19 consecutive home games dating back to last season before falling to Cleveland on Monday and then lost at home to Oklahoma City two nights later. Order was restored on Christmas though as the Suns beat the Clippers for a sixth straight time. Steve Nash had 14 points and eight assists. Rasual Butler scored 22 for the Clippers, who lost their third in a row - all on the road. Chris Kaman posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Gordon and Baron Davis each scored 11 in defeat.
Final Score: Portland 107, Denver 96
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy bounced back from a one-game absence and scored 41 points, as Portland surged in the second half to beat Denver, 107-96, in a battle of Northwest Division rivals at the Rose Garden. Roy, who missed Wednesday's game at San Antonio due to a sprained left shoulder, went 16-of-26 from the field and had six rebounds. Steve Blake had 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Trail Blazers, who won for the fourth straight time. He went 5-of-7 on three-point tries, burying four of them in the last quarter. Andre Miller chipped in 14 points and eight assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 to go with 13 rebounds in the win. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which lost for the third time in four contests. J.R. Smith added 20 points, while Kenyon Martin tallied 12 points and 14 boards in the fifth straight road loss for the Nuggets.