By Andrew Medeiros

December 20, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Anthony Carter pulls up for the game-winning runner in double overtime. Bart Young/NBAE/Getty Images
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"He (James) had his hands down on me. He knows better than that. I was going to let it fly. It felt good. As soon as it left my hands, I thought it was going down. I was mad it didn't go in."
Kobe Bryant, on missing the potential game-winner after Lebron James insisted to teammates that he cover Bryant in the final minutes.
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We got used to seeing Dwyane Wade’s gritty play on Miami’s run for the title two seasons ago. After the devastating injury to Alonzo Mourning on Wednesday, Heat fans and fantasy owners feared the worst when Shaquille O’Neal fell on Wade’s knee in third. Wade fought through the pain, scoring 17 of his season-high 41 points in that third quarter. Check out Fantasy Index.
SHOOTING STUDS
Lamar Odom, Lakers
94-90 loss at Cavaliers
19 pts, 9-12 FG, 1-1 FT

Dwyane Wade, Heat
107-103 loss vs. Nets
41 pts, 15-23 FG, 1-1 3-pt FG 10-12 FT

Malik Allen, Nets
107-103 win at Heat
18 pts, 9-11 FG
STAT SHEET STUFFER
Yao Ming looked like a bulldog sitting on the bench when he saw Anthony Carter hit the game-winner in double-overtime. That was probably the sting of a gutty performance going for naught. Tracy McGrady was sidelined against the Nuggets with a knee injury and Yao stepped up, turning in 26 points and 19 rebounds along with six assists and two blocks in a career-high 51 minutes.
SHOOTING DUDS
Ricky Davis, Heat
107-103 loss vs. Nets
9 pts, 4-14 FG, 0-4 3-pt FG

Antoine Wright, Nets
107-103 win at Heat
2 pts, 1-7 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

Kenyon Martin, Nuggets
112-111 win vs. Rockets
8 pts, 2-11 FG
KOBE OR THE KING
Kobe Bryant and LeBron James faced off on Thursday in Cleveland and lived up to the hype. The rest of the Cavaliers and Lakers also played, but when the top two scorers meet up the rest of the game tends to be forgotten. Going into the season the story was the supporting cast of each – or lack thereof. Kobe’s has far exceeded expectations, while Cleveland has struggled in general. Both squads looked to their leaders in Thursday’s game. LeBron responded with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Bryant, possibly still feeling the effects of a groin injury, only managed 21. In the end, the Kobe’s potential game-winner rimmed out and Derek Fisher was called for a loose ball foul, which sealed the game for the Cavs.
MELO TAKES STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION
The last few games have been rough for Carmelo Anthony, with shots hard to come by. Allen Iverson has been picking up the slack, averaging 33 points in the last six, but the Nuggets have still struggled without solid production from Anthony. It seemed like he was in for another rough night on Thursday when the Rockets rolled into Denver. Anthony shot just 2-of-17 from the field in the first half, but managed to find the stroke in the second. The Syracuse man went 11-of-15 down the stretch, scoring 29 of his game-high 37 points in the second half and two overtimes. Despite Anthony’s renewed success and 36 points out of Iverson, the Nuggets struggled with the Tracy McGrady-less Rockets, winning 112-111 in double overtime.
ROOKIE WATCH
Lawrence Frank inserted rookie Sean Williams into the starting lineup looking for added energy. In his second consecutive start Williams ran into the Heat. Shaquille O’Neal’s skills are in decline this season, but he still knows how to get a young big in foul trouble. With two fouls in the first five minutes, Williams sat down for the half and was a virtual non-factor the rest of the game, totaling six points and four rebounds.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
Sean Williams and Josh Boone brought the energy Frank was looking for, but that didn’t translate to a win on Tuesday. The win came on Thursday, but with the young duo of Williams and Boone running into foul trouble, New Jersey turned to Malik Allen for solid minutes. Allen did not disappoint, scoring 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds, as the Nets beat the Heat in overtime, 107-103.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
The D-Fenders are one of the hottest teams in the D-League, spreading the ball around on their way to five straight wins. Los Angeles has six players averaging at least nine points, but none of them averages more than 20. Devin Green, who has done stints with both the Lakers and the Heat, racked up 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with five rebounds and four assists to lead the D-Fenders over the Energy.