'Bron, 'Melo upstaged by Boykins

Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2003

CLEVELAND The kid from the local high school stole the show and all LeBron James could do was watch.

Tiny Earl Boykins, who grew up in Cleveland, scored all 18 of his points in the second half as the Denver Nuggets ruined James' hyped home debut Wednesday night, 93-89 over the winless Cavaliers.

Carmelo Anthony outscored James 14-7 in the eagerly awaited matchup between the NBA's two star rookies. But neither was able to get into the flow and disappointed a sellout crowd of 20,562, which kept waiting for one of them to take over.

Instead, it was the 5-foot-5 Boykins who made all the big shots and plays.

The former Cavs guard, who signed a $13.7 million, five-year deal with Denver as a free agent during the offseason, scored 10 points in the third quarter to help the Nuggets take control.

Wizards 100, Mavericks 90

WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Washington's first triple-double since 1999, and the Wizards capitalized on a shoulder injury to Dallas guard Steve Nash.

Nash played only seven minutes, contributing two points and two assists before leaving in the first quarter with a strained left shoulder. The extent of the injury was not immediately disclosed.

Playing without Nash, who leads Dallas in assists and ranks third in scoring, the Mavericks fell behind by 16 at halftime and never made a serious run in the second half.

The game drew 17,455 on a rainy night, ending the Wizards' run of 83 straight sellouts a streak that began during the Michael Jordan era in Washington.

Antawn Jamison scored 21 points off the bench and Antoine Walker had 18 for the Mavericks, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Kings 125, Timberwolves 121, OT

MINNEAPOLIS Peja Stojakovic scored 26 of his 34 points after halftime, leading Sacramento to a wild overtime victory over Minnesota.

Mike Bibby scored 22 points for Sacramento, and Bobby Jackson and Vlade Divac each had 19. Divac added eight rebounds and 10 assists, and Brad Miller fouled out in the extra period with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, but he missed a tying shot in the lane late in overtime.

Latrell Sprewell had 23 points and eight assists, but couldn't get a potential game-winner off in time at the end of regulation.

Bulls 106, Magic 100

ORLANDO, Fla. Donyell Marshall had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 29 points as Chicago handed Orlando its fourth straight loss.

Orlando led 69-62 late in the third quarter, but the Bulls tied it at 72 on a dunk by Crawford. Marshall put Chicago in the lead for good with a layup on the Bulls' next possession.

Chicago also got 22 points and nine rebounds from Tyson Chandler, and Jalen Rose had 10 points and five assists.

Hornets 106, 76ers 99, OT

PHILADELPHIA Baron Davis scored 37 points to lead New Orleans to an overtime victory over Philadelphia.

Reserve Steve Smith added 16 points in a rematch of a first-round playoff opponents from last spring.

Allen Iverson scored 29 and Glenn Robinson added 20 in his home debut for the Sixers, who beat the Hornets in six games to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

New Orleans is off to a 4-1 start under first-year coach Tim Floyd. The Sixers are 2-3 under Randy Ayers, also in his first season.

Pistons 96, Celtics 88

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 27 points and Richard Hamilton added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Detroit to its third straight win.

Billups scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers, and finished as one of five Pistons in double figures. Tayshaun Prince scored 14, while Ben Wallace had 13 rebounds.

Bucks 106, Knicks 90

NEW YORK Tim Thomas scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Toni Kukoc had 21 to lead Milwaukee to a comeback win over New York.

Michael Redd added 17 points and T.J. Ford had 15 points and four assists for the Bucks, who trailed 50-44 at halftime but took control in the third quarter by outscoring the Knicks 33-23.

Allan Houston, nursing a sore back, scored 35 points and Keith Van Horn added 19 for the Knicks.

Jazz 91, Suns 80

SALT LAKE CITY Matt Harpring scored 21 points, DeShawn Stevenson had 16 points and eight rebounds and Utah extended its surprising start by beating Phoenix.

Carlos Arroyo returned after missing two games with an ankle sprain and finished with 14 points and four assists for the Jazz, whose rebuilding season is off to a 3-1 start the team's best since going 5-0 in 2000-01.

Utah, which outrebounded Minnesota by 20 in a win two nights before, dominated the boards again 48-35 against the Suns.

Shawn Marion scored 20, Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and both players pulled down nine rebounds to lead Phoenix. The Suns were 30-for-80 from the field and trailed by double digits much of the game until making a late run.

Warriors 99, Hawks 72

OAKLAND, Calif. Jason Richardson had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back from suspension, and Nick Van Exel scored 12 points in his Golden State debut as the Warriors beat Atlanta.

Erick Dampier had 11 points and 18 rebounds for Golden State, which began a five-game homestand with an easy victory and the addition of two starters. Van Exel missed the first three games of the season following minor knee surgery, while Richardson was suspended for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Jason Terry had 13 points and six assists for Atlanta in his return from a one-game suspension for throwing a flagrant elbow last Saturday against Indiana.

Atlanta went 3-for-15 from the field and scored just eight points in the fourth quarter, tying the franchise record for fewest points in the fourth.

Trail Blazers 93, Grizzlies 87

PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Portland past Memphis.

Bonzi Wells scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter for the Blazers, who led by as many as 22 points. The day before, Wells was fined $10,000 by his team after making an obscene gesture at a fan in the Blazers' loss Monday to Philadelphia.

Mike Miller had 19 points before fouling out for the Grizzlies, who had won their last two games. Pau Gasol also had 19 points.

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