Basketball News And Notes 2/27

Basketball News And Notes 2/27

NBA Today - February 27
Tue, Feb 27, 2007
By Associated Press


Phoenix at Indiana (7 p.m. EST). The Suns are 13-0 in road games against the Eastern Conference this season.

STARS Monday

-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 35 points to lead Los Angeles to a 102-94 victory over Utah.

-Carmelo Anthony and Nene, Nuggets. Anthony scored 33 points and Nene, tied his career high with 27 and Denver beat Memphis 111-107.

-Paul Pierce, Celtics, scored 28 points in Boston's 77-72 win against Houston.

-Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry, Knicks. Marbury scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Curry, added 28 points with 11 rebounds in New York's 99-93 win over Miami.

MONSTER MAVS

Dallas became the first team in NBA history with three winning streaks of at least 12 games in a season by beating the Atlanta Hawks 110-87 on Monday night. The Mavericks' 12th consecutive victory gives them two 12-game winning streaks and one of 13 games - or a baker's dozen. Dallas, which owns the league's best record at 47-9, has also won a club-record 20 consecutive home games.

MILESTONE

Shaquille O'Neal went over the 25,000-point mark for his career midway through the first quarter of Miami's 99-93 loss to the Knicks Monday night. O'Neal, who entered the contest five points shy, is the top scorer among active players and 14th overall in NBA history. The Heat center is the seventh to reach 25,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, and Hakeem Olajuwon as those with the scoring and rebounding combination.

STREAKING

San Antonio beat Toronto 107-91 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.

SNAPPED

Boston beat Houston 77-72 on Monday night to snap a 12-game road losing streak. The Celtics rallied from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to avoid matching the franchise record for most consecutive road losses.

INJURED

Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston dislocated his left knee and had to be wheeled off the court on a stretcher during Monday night's game against Charlotte. The three-year veteran was driving to the basket on a fast break and went up from a layup. He missed the shot and came down hard on his left foot in a contorted manner and collapsed in obvious pain. Livingston, who has been sharing the point guard duties with Sam Cassell, was averaging 9.5 points and 5.2 assists. The Clippers beat Charlotte 100-93.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Ben Gordon scored 32 points but Chicago lost to Orlando 94-87 on Monday night. ... Joe Johnson scored 29 points in Atlanta's 110-87 loss to Dallas. ... Houston's Bonzi Wells scored a season-high 27 points in a 77-72 loss to Boston.

SPEAKING

''I am kind of disappointed in myself because if I make free throws I'd be at 30,000 rather than 25,000.'' - Miami's Shaquille O'Neal after Monday night's 99-93 loss to New York. O'Neal went over the 25,000-point mark for his career but he made only one of two free throws with 43.7 seconds remaining which could have tied it.

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Howard helped off court in Mavericks' win
Tue, Feb 27, 2007
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DALLAS -- The only bad news that came out of the Dallas Mavericks' 110-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Monday night came in the fourth quarter when Josh Howard sprained his right ankle. He finished with 20 points.

Howard was helped off the court with 6:11 to play after he took a jumper and landed on the foot of Atlanta's Joe Johnson. X-rays were negative and Howard made the trip to Minnesota where the Mavericks meet the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Howard, who's been playing on a sore right ankle sustained under similar circumstances in a game last week against the Miami Heat, is listed as day-to-day.

''Hopefully he should be OK,'' Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said.

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Butler sidelined with back spasms; Jamison returns to practice
Mon, Feb 26, 2007
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Washington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler remained sidelined Monday with lower back spasms, while Antawn Jamison returned to practice for the first time since injuring his knee last month.

Butler was unable to play in Sunday's 98-94 loss at Minnesota, the first game he has missed this season, and his status is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Nets.

''Caron is certainly a game-time decision,'' coach Eddie Jordan said.

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Clippers G Livingston dislocates knee cap
Tue, Feb 27, 2007
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LOS ANGELES -- Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston dislocated his left knee cap and had to be wheeled off the court on a stretcher during Los Angeles' 100-93 victory Monday night over the Charlotte Bobcats.

The three-year veteran was driving to the basket on a fast break and went up from a layup. He missed the shot and came down hard on his left foot in a contorted manner and collapsed in obvious pain as the Staples Center crowd of 18,442 grew hushed. Play continued for another 18 seconds before Livingston was placed on a stretcher.

''When he landed, I thought it was his ankle,'' coach Mike Dunleavy said. ''But when he hit the floor, you could see that his knee was dislocated and he was in tremendous pain.''

Livingston remained in the arena for X-rays, which were negative, then was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Dr. Steven Shimoyama, one of the Clippers' team physicians, said he had to pop Livingston's knee cap back into place to alleviate the pain.

''The prognosis is still uncertain because we don't yet know the extent of his injury,'' the doctor added. ''In our preliminary inspection, it does not appear that he had damage. But you need an anteriogram (an injection of dye into the arteries in Livingston's leg) to be sure. Then he'll probably get an MRI.''

Livingston, who was picked fourth overall by the Clippers in the 2004 draft out of high school, has been hampered by injuries and has yet to play a full season in the NBA. He missed 39 games during his rookie season because of a dislocated right knee, and another 12 that season because of torn cartilage in his right shoulder. Last season he sat out the first 21 games with a stress reaction in his lower back.

''I love that kid,'' teammate Cuttino Mobley said. ''It's a tough thing to happen to him - not only for the team, but also for our fans. He is really special.''

Livingston, who has been sharing the point guard duties with 37-year-old Sam Cassell, missed two games in January with a sprained right ankle. He entered the Charlotte game averaging 9.5 points and 5.2 assists. Livingston had a career-high 14 assists in Saturday's 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

''He was playing well,'' Elton Brand said following the Clippers' 100-93 victory. ''He just had one of his best games of the season against Golden State, so it was really disappointing. After he got injured, it was on the back of everyone's mind. We wanted to pull it out, even though it was a downer with Shaun going down the way he did.''

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Badgers' Butch out 4-6 weeks
Mon, Feb 26, 2007
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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin forward Brian Butch is expected to be out at least four weeks after dislocating his right elbow in the Badgers' loss to Ohio State.

The team's leading rebounder had a dislocation and an associated fracture, and his anticipated recovery time is four to six weeks, the team said Monday.

The injury occurred when Butch crashed to the floor while battling under the basket in the first half of the Badgers' one-point loss Sunday to the Buckeyes in Columbus. He watched the second half from the bench with his arm in a sling.

At the time, Ohio State was ranked No. 2 and the Badgers No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Buckeyes won 49-48 to clinch the conference title and then got the No. 1 spot in this week's poll. The Badgers, who end the regular season at home Saturday against Michigan State, slipped to No. 5.

The 6-foot-11 Butch started 29 games for Wisconsin this season and is third in scoring, averaging 8.8 points, and tops in rebounding with 5.9 a game.

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Pitt's C Aaron Gray has been upgraded to probable (ankle) for tonight.

Morehead St: Shaun Williams is suspended for the remainder of the season.

Bucks Earl Boykins (questionable, thumb)

Suns Boris Diaw (questionable; back)

Warriors Stephen Jackson (probable; toe)

Wizards Caron Butler (questionable; back)

Gilbert Arenas (probable; shoulder/knee)

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Wizards F Caron Butler has been downgraded to out (back spasms) of tonight's game.

Warriors G Baron Davis practiced with the team over the weekend, but isn't ready for game action and will MISS (leg injury) tonight's game.

Bucks G Earl Boykins has been downgarded to doubtful (thumb), and is not expected to play tonight.

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