Andre Johnson was back, Mario Williams was solid and the Houston Texans got the win. Reggie Bush? An afterthought. Johnson had 120 yards receiving and a touchdown and Williams harassed Drew Brees all day to help the Texans to a 23-10 victory over the error-prone New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Texans (5-5) scored 17 points before halftime and stayed on top with tough defense in the second half that…
Randy Moss wanted so badly to make a triumphant return to Minnesota. He wanted to put on a show for the fans who supported him so steadfastly during his seven years here, and greeted him so warmly Monday in his first game at the Metrodome since the Vikings traded him to Oakland before last season. Instead, Moss endured a frustrating night and voiced his displeasure with both coach Art Shell for the…
With Stephen Jackson back from suspension, the NBA’s highest-scoring team has another valuable option. Jackson scored 17 points, Andris Biedrins had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 106-100 on Sunday. “It was fun being back with my team, not only getting a win but being back with my family,” Jackson said.
Toronto Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic will miss one to two weeks with a sprained right ankle. He will not travel with the Raptors on an upcoming road trip to Dallas and Memphis, the team said Sunday, when Maceo Baston started in Nesterovic’s place in Toronto’s game against Golden State. Nesterovic was injured in the third quarter of last Wednesday’s home loss to Utah, when he landed on the foot…
The Denver Nuggets thought they were pretty good. Then two weeks ago along came the Boston Celtics, who humiliated the Nuggets in a blowout win and put Denver in its place. The Nuggets haven’t lost since. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points, Allen Iverson added 23 and Denver won its fifth straight game with a 115-83 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
The Dallas Mavericks needed late-game heroics from Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki to outlast the stubborn Memphis Grizzlies and remain unbeaten at home. Howard matched his season high with 27 points, six during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and Nowitzki added 21, including two free throws with 8 seconds left, in the Mavericks’ 108-105 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Trying to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, Shawn Marion heaved a wild hook shot from the top of the key. The ball rattled around the rim and dropped in. It was that kind of a night for the Phoenix Suns. Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Steve Nash had 19 points and 15 assists and the Suns beat the Houston Rockets 115-105 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
A return of the usual Dwyane Wade, combined with a glimpse of the old Penny Hardaway. Suddenly, the Miami Heat don’t look so bad anymore. Wade scored 23 points, Hardaway added 16 in his best game since returning to the NBA, and the Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 91-87 Saturday night for their second victory of the season.
If they continue to share the scoring load like this, the New Orleans Hornets will be one of the NBA’s toughest teams to beat this year. Their leading scorer on the season had only two points after halftime and their starting point guard was out injured, but the Hornets still handily defeated Minnesota to build on their best start in franchise history.
Despite missing Gilbert Arenas, the short-handed Washington Wizards found a way to extend their winning streak to four. About an hour before Saturday’s game with the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan found out that Gilbert Arenas wasn’t going to be available. Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee in April, missed the game with soreness in his knee.
The Indiana Pacers had become experts at winning the first half, losing the second half and losing games. They finally won all three in a 117-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night that ended a six-game losing streak. Indiana blew halftime leads in four of those losses, and looked ready to do it again before going on a 19-4 run in the third quarter to regain control.
Jason Richardson’s scoring burst and an unkind schedule were too much for Kevin Durant and the Seattle SuperSonics. Richardson scored 14 of his 23 points in a 3-minute stretch midway through the third quarter, Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats wore down the Sonics in a 100-84 win on Saturday night.