The Carlos Boozer Archive
CLEVELAND - Cleveland rookie Carlos Boozer had his second straight double-double in his second straight start in Saturday's game against New Orleans, but the Hornets claimed a 97-84 victory over the Cavaliers.
The Cavs (2-12) have lost 10 straight games. The Hornets improved to 10-3.
Cleveland coach John Lucas decided to start Boozer, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, in Friday night's game against the New Jersey Nets and again on Saturday. They are Boozer's first two NBA starts.
"I've got to play the young guys," Lucas said. "I want to win. This losing is absolutely no fun, but if I decide not to develop the young guys that's putting us even further back."
Boozer scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday. In Friday's game against New Jersey - a 120-79 Nets win - Boozer scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds.
In Saturday's game, New Orleans' Baron Davis scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Hornets to a 97-84 victory.
David Wesley scored nine of his 20 points and Jamal Mashburn had eight of his 16 in the third quarter as the Hornets slowly added to a 47-45 halftime lead.
Ricky Davis scored 24 points to lead Cleveland.
Grizzlies 85, Wizards 74
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Earl Watson came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points as the Memphis Grizzlies finally won for the first time this season, snapping a 13-game losing streak.
The Grizzlies gave Hubie Brown a victory in his sixth game as coach and ended the worst season-opening losing streak in franchise history. Memphis avoided coming even closer to the NBA record of 17 straight losses at the beginning of a season held by Miami (1988) and the Los Angeles Clippers (1999).
Nets 96, Timberwolves 82
MINNEAPOLIS - Kerry Kittles scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and Jason Kidd had 18 points and 12 assists as the defending Eastern Conference champions won their second straight.
Pistons 106, Pacers 91
INDIANAPOLIS - Richard Hamilton had 22 points and five teammates scored in double figures as Detroit snapped the Pacers' winning streak at nine games.
Celtics 109, Hawks 99
ATLANTA - Shammond Williams stepped into the starting lineup and had 19 points and six of Boston's 17 steals as the Celtics won their third straight game.
Jazz 110, Bulls 90
SALT LAKE CITY - Matt Harpring and Karl Malone each had 20 points as the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to four games.
Jarron Collins added 12 points and Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 for the Jazz, who are .500 for the first time this season.
Kings 95, Trail Blazers 94
PORTLAND, Ore. - Hedo Turkoglu made a pair of free throws with 14.4 seconds remaining for the winning points, giving Sacramento its fifth consecutive win.
The Blazers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, had a chance at the end, but Arvydas Sabonis' 15-foot baseline hook shot was well short and Sabonis appeared to be fouled on the play. The non-call sent Portland coach Maurice Cheeks into a fit after the buzzer, screaming "That's terrible!" at the officials.
Nuggets 80, Suns 79
PHOENIX - Ryan Bowen's layup as time expired gave Denver its second buzzer-beating victory in as many nights.
Bowen's basket came after the Suns appeared to have won the game on Shawn Marion's slam with six-tenths of a second remaining after a missed shot by Stephon Marbury. The Suns began celebrating, but too early.
Donnell Harvey took the ball out of bounds and fired it downcourt to Bowen under the basket.