Basketball News And Notes 3/1

Basketball News And Notes 3/1

NBA Today - March 1
Thu, Mar 1, 2007
By Associated Press


Cleveland at Dallas (8 p.m. EST). LeBron James and the Cavaliers face the Mavericks and their 13-game winning streak.

STARS

Wednesday

- Kevin Martin and Mike Bibby, Kings. Martin scored 36 points and Bibby had 30 to lead Sacramento over Charlotte 135-120.

- Shaquille O'Neal, Heat, scored a season-high 23 points to lead Miami to a 92-83 victory over Washington.

- Carlos Boozer, Jazz, had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead Utah to a 104-88 victory over Memphis.

- Andre Iguodala, 76ers, scored 24 points to give Philadelphia a 99-94 win over Phoenix.

ROAD BLOCK

Phoenix's drive toward a perfect road record against the East came to an unexpected end. The Suns lost 99-94 to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, one victory short of becoming the first team to sweep its road games against the opposite conference.

TYSON'S TEN

The Hornets' Tyson Chandler finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in New Orleans' 107-100 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night. The double-double was Chandler's 10th straight.

CENTURY MARK

Sacramento gave coach Eric Musselman his 100th career win by shooting 63 percent from the field and scoring a season high for points with a 135-120 win over Charlotte on Wednesday.

TEN-FOUR

Two teams had players take over in the fourth quarter to help them hang on for a win Wednesday night. Shaquille assumed command of the paint by scoring 10 of his season-high 23 points to lead the Heat past Washington 92-83 and Boston's Gerald Green scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, including seven straight after Boston had finished blowing a 23-point lead to help the Celtics beat New York 102-94.

WOUNDED WARRIORS

Golden State was without Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell and Baron Davis, all lost to injuries, in its 113-83 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. The Warriors only played with nine healthy players.

RAPTOR RAMPAGE

Toronto has won 10 of its past 13, including a 106-90 win over Houston on Wednesday night in which Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and T.J. Ford and Kris Humphries added 16 apiece.

SPEAKING

''I'm known as 'The Big Sewer' because I've got a lot of you-know-what in my game.'' - Shaquille O'Neal, after missing six of seven free throws in Miami's 92-83 win over Washington on Wednesday night.

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Oklahoma State suspends Boggan for head-butting
Wed, Feb 28, 2007
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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton suspended leading scorer Mario Boggan on Wednesday for a head-butting incident in the Cowboys' 84-70 victory against Kansas State the previous night.

''After reviewing the film numerous times, there's no question that Mario used extremely bad judgment in head-butting Cartier Martin,'' Sutton said. ''Our program has been built on class and good sportsmanship through the years, and we're certainly not going to condone this kind of behavior.''

Sutton suspended Boggan, the Big 12's second-leading scorer behind Texas' Kevin Durant, for the Cowboys' game Saturday at Baylor. Odds for Saturday's game have not yet been released.

Sutton said he also called Kansas State coach Bob Huggins to express his regrets for the incident, which occurred in the final minute of the game.

''I asked him to relay my apologies to Cartier and that I wish him the best during the remainder of his senior season,'' Sutton said.

After Kansas State's Blake Young fouled Oklahoma State's Byron Eaton to stop the clock with 38.1 seconds left, Boggan walked from near midcourt toward Martin, who was handing the ball to an official in the lane. Boggan bumped the crown of his head into Martin's left cheek, and Martin responded by swinging his left arm toward Boggan's head. He did not connect.

Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg issued a statement saying the suspension ''sends a clear message that this kind of action is unacceptable.''

''We appreciate the support of the university in taking a strong stand relative to our sportsmanship policy and consider the matter to be closed,'' Weiberg said.

Boggan, who had been honored before the game as part of senior night festivities, also issued an apology.

''First off, I would like to apologize to Cartier Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats,'' Boggan said. ''Last night's game was a hard-fought game and shouldn't have ended the way it did.

''I would also like to apologize to my teammates, my coaches and the Cowboy fans. This is not the way I would like to be remembered on Senior Night, and it's certainly not the way I was taught to play basketball. I feel bad that my mother was in the crowd and saw this in person. I have apologized to her as well.''

Boggan, who averages 20.1 points and 7.9 rebounds, scored 17 points as Oklahoma State ended a four-game losing streak in a crucial win to keep its dwindling NCAA tournament hopes alive.

''This is a statement of what Sean Sutton stands for and I applaud his decision,'' Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said. ''The actions of our players are more important than a game.''

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New Mexico State's G Fred Peete  is questionable (ankle)

Stanford's G Anthony Goods is doubtful (ankle)

Utah State's G Mikel Watson is questionable (knee)

Bobcats F Emeka Okafor is questionable (calf)

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New Mexico State's G Fred Peete  is questionable (ankle)

Bobcats F Emeka Okafor is questionable (calf)


New Mexico State's Fred Peete  is unlikely to play tonight (ankle), as head coach Reggie Theus said, "I'm inclined to rest Peete this week in hopes of getting him back for the WAC Tournament."

Bobcats F Emeka Okafor has been downgraded to doubtful (calf) for tonight.

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Stanford's second leading scorer G Anthony Goods is out (ankle) of tonight's game according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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