Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Around the Rim, NBA

Lakers 97, Knicks 92
The last time these coaches went against each other it was for the NBA Championship. Now they are both trying to rebuild teams, Brown in a different location.

Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 42 points and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 97-92 Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing skid.

Channing Frye led the Knicks with 21 points, the second time the rookie has done so in three nights. Eddy Curry added 17 points.

Stephon Marbury was held to a season-low four points -- 12 below his average, and had 10 assists.

Bobcats 122, Pacers 90
Kareem Rush Rush scored a career-high 35 points and rookie Raymond Felton added 18 points and 10 assists in his first career start to help the Bobcats snap a five-game losing streak with a 122-90 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

It was the both the most points scored and the largest margin of victory for the second-year Bobcats.

"The pressure was there to keep taking shots but when you're not making them you don't want to take as many," said Rush, who made 6-of-7 3-pointers. "But tonight was one of those nights and hopefully this will boost my confidence where I want to go out there and take tough shots."

Clippers 109, Bucks 85
Who would have thought that the Clippers would be tied with the Spurs for the best record in the west? I say it won’t last until the end of the month.

Sam Cassell had 23 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Corey Maggette added 21 points and the vastly improved Clippers breezed to a 109-85 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

The Clippers are off to their best start in franchise history and so are the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies 115, Suns 103
Damon Stoudamire scored 12 of his 26 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies won their third in a row, 115-103 over the Phoenix Suns. Mike Miller, questionable before the game because of a bruised right knee, added 24 for the Grizzlies, who were swept by Phoenix in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Celtics guard indicted on aggravated battery charges

We can’t end a basketball post without a story about a player getting in trouble.

Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen was indicted Wednesday on three counts of aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a Chicago diner in August.

Cook County state's attorney spokesman Tom Stanton said the indictment was read to Allen during a hearing Wednesday. Allen did not enter a plea.

Allen, who was charged last month with aggravated battery and released on a $150,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court Dec. 6 for arraignment, Stanton said.
Aggravated battery carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Allen's attorney, Michael Zaslavsky, said he had not seen the indictment.
"I expect we will vigorously fight the charges," he said.

Allen is accused of being involved in an early morning fight at a diner south of the downtown business district. According to police, he punched another man in the face, breaking the man's left eye socket.

Another man was shot in the left arm and left side, but police spokesman Pat Camden said Allen is not suspected in the shooting.
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