Published 12:00 am Friday, November 28, 2008
The NBA Roundup …
INDIANAPOLIS ó Raymond Felton tied a career high with 31 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Indiana Pacers 115-108 in overtime on Friday night.
Jason Richardson finished with 21 points, D.J. Augustin scored 17 and Gerald Wallace added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (5-10), who won for just the second time in their past seven games.
Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 20 rebounds.
The Bobcats scored the first seven points of overtime, including consecutive 3-pointers by Felton and Augustin. Indiana cut the deficit to 108-105 on Ford’s two free throws with 47 seconds left, but Felton’s jumper pushed the lead back to five.
Heat 107, Suns 92
PHOENIX ó Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 43 points and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 107-92 Friday night in the first matchup between the teams since the Shaquille O’Neal for Shawn Marion blockbuster trade last February.
Neither O’Neal nor Marion was much of a factor in the game dominated by the unstoppable Wade. O’Neal scored 12 points and Marion had 10.
Leandro Barbosa, playing on his 26th birthday, led the Suns with 20 points. Raja Bell had 16 and Amare Stoudemire 14 for Phoenix, which played without the injured Steve Nash.
Cavaliers 112, Warriors 97
CLEVELAND ó LeBron James scored 23 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a season-high 21, and Cleveland matched the best home start in franchise history by beating Golden State.
Cleveland (13-3) has won 12 of 13 and is a league-best 9-0 at home, equaling its top home start, first set in 1976-77 and repeated in 1991-92.
Raptors 93, Hawks 88
TORONTO ó Chris Bosh had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Jason Kapono scored 16 points and Toronto Raptors beat Atlanta.
Joey Graham added 11 points and Jamario Moon had 10 for Toronto, with guard Jose Calderon picking up 11 assists.
Mike Bibby scored 24 points for Atlanta, Joe Johnson had 18 and reserve Maurice Evans added 17.
Celtics 102, 76ers 78
BOSTON ó Ray Allen scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 to lead Boston to its seventh straight win.
Allen was 10-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. In the last three games, he is 13-for-19 from behind the arc.
Elton Brand scored 18 points and Louis Williams added 15 for the 76ers.
Timberwolves 105, Thunder 103
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Craig Smith scored a season-high 23 points, Mike Miller drilled the game-winning jumper from the left baseline with 0.1 seconds left, and Minnesota handed Oklahoma City a franchise record-tying 14th straight loss.
Al Jefferson finished with 19 points and nine rebounds to narrowly miss his eighth double-double.
Pistons 107, Bucks 97
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Allen Iverson scored 17 points in his first game as a reserve this season, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 107-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Iverson was benched by Pistons coach Michael Curry to begin the game, punishment for missing a mandatory team practice on Thanksgiving. He apologized Friday morning, then sat on the bench for almost 10 minutes as Rodney Stuckey started instead.
Jazz, 120, Kings 94
SALT LAKE CITY ó Deron Williams had nine of his 15 assists during a 44-point third quarter, and the Utah Jazz pulled away for a 120-94 victory over the Sacramento.