By Mike Weilamann

December 12, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and scored 12 of Denver's last 14 points to help the Nuggets pull away from the Hornets on Wednesday.
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QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"We didn't have enough energy to get the stops when we needed them. I guess we got what we put in tonight.''

-- Bulls guard Ben Gordon on Chicago's eighth-ranked scoring defense allowing their highest point total of the season on Wednesday.
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SHOOTING STUDS
Steve Nash, Suns
103-98 win vs. Jazz
29 pts, 10-12 FG, 3-4 3-pt FG

Kevin Durant, Sonics
117-110 win at Knicks
30 pts, 11-20 FG, 7-8 FT

Chris Paul, Hornets
105-99 loss at Nuggets
30 pts, 12-20 FG, 5-6 FT

STAT SHEET STUFFER
Tough call between the Sixers’ Samuel Dalembert and the Bucks’ Michael Redd. Dalembert gets the nod by virtue of his amazing nine blocks to go with 18 points and 11 rebounds in Philly’s 98-94 win over the Timberwolves. Dalembert fell one block shy of matching Harvey Catchings (1975), Manute Bol (1991) and Dikembe Mutombo (2001) for the franchise record. Dalembert also had nine blocks against the Knicks on April 3, 2004.
SHOOTING DUDS
Stephen Jackson, Warriors
105-95 loss at Blazers
9 pts, 3-15 FG, 0-7 3-pt FG

Jannero Pargo, Hornets
105-99 loss at Nuggets
10 pts, 4-17 FG, 1-3 3-pt FG

Carlos Delfino, Raptors
92-76 loss vs. Mavericks
7 pts, 3-12 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG

ROCKETS RIDE HIGH AFTER REACHING NEW LOW
The Rockets certainly were in a giving mood from the foul line on Wednesday. Houston combined for a 6-for-22 (27 percent) from the charity stripe, missing 14 of its first 15 shots from the free-throw stripe. Despite the futility, the Rockets managed to pull off an 80-77 win over the Pistons. Houston’s Tracy McGrady was at a loss afterwards to explain why his team, which averages 74 percent, was so awful from the foul line. “I've never seen a night like that, where we miss so many free throws — and won the ballgame.” T-Mac was a big reason why the Rockets pulled this one out, scoring 29 points. Yao Ming added 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win. The big man is taking measures into this own hands so it doesn’t happen again. “Tomorrow, I'm going to come here and shoot at least 100 free throws,” he said.
RAPTORS' BIG D SADDLES PUNCHLESS MAVERICKS
It was a long time coming, but the Raptors finally knocked off Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks on Wednesday. It was Toronto’s first win over Dallas since a 77-71 victory on Nov. 6, 2003 and snapped an eight-game skid against the Mavs. Earlier this season, Dallas overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Toronto 105-99 on Nov. 20, which was the Mavericks' largest comeback for a regulation win. "We could have been intimidated by them because of what happened in Dallas the last time we played them,'' said Toronto’s Chris Bosh, who scored 17 points in the win. “We stood our ground, came out hard and fast.” The big story Wednesday was defense. The Raps held the Mavs to a season-low 76 points. Dallas also missed its first seven shots. "Our defense the past two games has been as good as they can get,'' Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
It can’t be easy being Jeff Green, who has played in Kevin Durant’s shadow all season for the Sonics. Together, the Dynamic Duo combined for 47 points in Wednesday’s road win over the Knicks. Green tallied 17 points in 28 minutes, matching his career high established in a loss to the Pistons on Nov. 11. The Georgetown product also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists. With the Knicks up nine with 2:42 left in the half, Green and Durant combined for all of Seattle's points in a 9-1 spurt that pulled the Sonics within one.
COOL/CLUTCH PERFORMANCE
Michael Redd is one of the best players you don’t hear an awful lot about. But Bucks fans know just how valuable the southpaw guard/forward is to their squad. Redd proved his worth in Wednesday’s win over the Magic, that snapped the Bucks’ four-game skid. Redd scored a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists as he just missed his first career triple-double. Nice numbers indeed. Redd also showed he can play some ‘D.’ He teamed with Mo Williams to hold Magic guards Jameer Nelson and Keith Bogans to a combined total of seven points.
ROOKIE WATCH
Big Baby is all grown up. Celtics rook Glen Davis arrived in a big way during Wednesday’s victory over the Kings. The former LSU star netted a career-high 16 points, including 10 in a big third quarter to help the C’s overcome a one-point halftime deficit. Davis also grabbed nine rebounds and was 10-for-10 from the foul line. Davis made his first career start in place of Kendrick Perkins, who missed the game with a hurt right big toe that he injured when his bed fell on his foot Monday. Meanwhile, Davis was as cool as the other side of the pillow.