Archive for Sunday, November 7, 2004

Bobcats top Magic for first victory

November 7, 2004


— As the final seconds ticked off on the expansion Charlotte Bobcats' first victory, guard Jason Hart handed the ball to team owner Bob Johnson.

The man who brought the NBA back to Charlotte after a two-year absence seemed overwhelmed.

The 111-100 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night was historic. The gesture from his players was downright special.

"That showed a lot of class," said Johnson, who appeared to have tears in his eyes. "They played their heart out, and if they continue to play like that every game, I think we're going to win a lot."

The Bobcats wrestled for rebounds, scrambled after loose balls and outhustled the Magic en route to the victory.

Primoz Brezec, quickly emerging as Charlotte's top player, had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats. Gerald Wallace, who landed face first on a slide off the court, added 18 points.

Clippers 94, Warriors 86

Oakland, Calif. -- Corey Maggette had 26 points and six assists, and Bobby Simmons added 22 points to lead Los Angeles past Golden State.

Mavs 112, Grizzlies 88

Dallas -- Dirk Nowitzki hit a nifty basket that turned into a three-point play in Dallas' game-turning surge and finished with 22 points in the Mavericks' victory over Memphis.

Bucks 102, Cavaliers 88

Milwaukee -- Michael Redd scored 28 points, and Keith Van Horn had 22 points and 14 rebounds to help Milwaukee beat Cleveland.

Rockets 104, Kings 101, OT

Houston -- Charlie Ward made two three-pointers in overtime, Yao Ming scored 33 points, and Houston rallied late for a win over Sacramento. Tracy McGrady added 23 points in his Houston debut.

Pacers 100, Bulls 90

Indianapolis -- Fred Jones hit three three-pointers during a 19-6 spurt in the third quarter, and Stephen Jackson led the way with 24 points.

Celtics 107, Knicks 73

New York -- Paul Pierce scored 28 points, Ricky Davis added 20, and the Celtics shot 56 percent to win for the first time this season after opening with two losses at home.

Jazz 106, Nuggets 82

Denver -- Carlos Boozer had 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points to help Utah stay unbeaten.

T'wolves 99, Hornets 92

Minneapolis -- Latrell Sprewell ended a quiet night with a flurry, scoring seven points over a two-minute span down the stretch to spark Minnesota. Sprewell finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

Heat 118, Wizards 106

Washington -- Dwyane Wade had career-highs with 37 points and 12 assists to overshadow Shaquille O'Neal again, and Miami improved to 3-0 for the second time in franchise history with a victory over Washington.

Pistons 99, 76ers 91

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups had 20 points and 10 assists, and Richard Hamilton added 17 points, leading Detroit over Philadelphia.

Suns 112, Nets 80

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists, and Phoenix rode 57.4-percent shooting to its third straight victory.

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