Lowry plea sets up dismissal of charge

Posted: February 03, 2012

A LAWYER HAS entered a no-contest plea for Kyle Lowry in a bid for dismissal of a misdemeanor battery case alleging the Houston Rockets guard threw a basketball at a female referee and threatened her during a game at a Las Vegas gym last September during the NBA lockout.

A court clerk said the 25-year-old Lowry didn't appear with his lawyer, Patrick McDonald, before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman.

Goodman agreed to dismiss the case July 19 if Lowry completes 100 hours of community service at a battered women's shelter or a similar program, completes an impulse control counseling program and stays out of trouble for 6 months.

McDonald didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment and Lowry wouldn't say much about it after Rockets practice yesterday.

"I really don't have a comment on that," said Lowry, a former Villanova and Cardinal Dougherty star. "It's dealt with, and there's really nothing to comment on about it."

In other NBA news:

 * Charlotte guard/forward Gerald Henderson will miss 2 to 4 weeks with a strained right hamstring, a source told the Associated Press. The Bobcats (3-20) have not announced the injury, sustained in Wednesday's loss to Portland. Henderson, from Episcopal Academy, could be replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Carroll, from Hatboro-Horsham High.

* Orlando signed Ish Smith, a point guard most recently with Golden State. He was added to the roster the day after the Magic released Larry Hughes. Magic starting point guard Jameer Nelson has been out since last weekend with concussion symptoms. Coach Stan Van Gundy says Nelson could return to the court as early as Monday.

* The NBA says its schedule of games during its Chinese New Year celebration was watched by 96 million viewers in China. The inaugural event ran from Jan. 21-28 and featured a 21-game broadcast schedule. The games attracted 79 million viewers on the NBA's television partners in China, while another 17 million watched games and special programming on digital platforms.

In games last night * 

At Atlanta, Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures and the Grizzlies blew out the listless Hawks, 96-77.

Memphis pulled away late in the first half, closing on an 18-7 run that gave the Grizzlies a 10-point lead at the break. They totally blew it open in the third quarter after Atlanta missed its first seven shots and turned it over three times. The Hawks were coming off a 4-1 road trip.

* At New York, Derrick Rose scored 32 points to outduel fellow All-Star starter Carmelo Anthony, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks, 105-102. Rose had 15 in the fourth quarter and repeatedly answered when the Knicks rallied.

The Knicks' Amare Stoudemire had 34 points and 11 rebounds but missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game with 10 seconds left. New York has lost 10 of 12. Anthony had 26 points but just four in the fourth quarter.

* At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs won their third in a row, beating New Orleans, 93-83. The Hornets have lost 12 of their last 13.

* At Sacramento, Marcus Thornton scored 20 points, John Salmons had 19 and Tyreke Evans 18 for the Kings, who came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 95-92.