NBA Playoffs – Tuesday’s game recap
New Jersey 92, Indiana 86 – Miami 92, Chicago 78 – San Antonio 109, Sacramento 98 – Phoenix 114, LA Lakers 97
Final Score: New Jersey 92, Indiana 86
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had a spectacular all- around game with 34 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to lift New Jersey to a 92-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The third-seeded Nets took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, and will have a chance to advance to the semifinals on Thursday, when the teams tangle in Game 6 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Richard Jefferson totaled 24 points and Nenad Krstic tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Kidd dished out 15 assists for New Jersey. Jermaine O’Neal scored 19 points for Indiana, which nearly pulled out the victory despite being without Peja Stojakovic (sore right knee), center Jeff Foster (strained back) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (sore right Achilles). However, the Pacers fell behind in the series for the first time.
Final Score: Miami 92, Chicago 78
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade didn’t let a hip injury stop him from posting a game-high 28 points and leading the Miami Heat to a 92-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at American Airlines Arena. For Wade, playing with pain brought plenty of gain. The guard made 9-of-18 from the floor and converted on 9- of-10 from the charity stripe, as the second-seeded Heat took a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday at United Center in Chicago. Antoine Walker totaled 17 points and seven rebounds, Shaquille O’Neal added 16 points and 10 rebounds and James Posey contributed 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Andres Nocioni led the Bulls with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Mike Sweetney recorded 16 points and nine rebounds in the loss. The faces of the franchise, young guards Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon, combined to make only 6-of-29 from the floor and 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Final Score: San Antonio 109, Sacramento 98
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 13 of his 27 points in the final quarter and hit six free throws in the last minute to seal San Antonio’s 109-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Tim Duncan poured in 24 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and gave the top-seeded Spurs the lead with 2:47 left, as San Antonio moved ahead 3-2 in the best-of-seven set. The Spurs, who scored 16 of the game’s final 21 points, can move into the second round with a victory Friday at Sacramento. Tony Parker tallied 21 points and Bruce Bowen scored 16 for the Spurs, who have won three times at home in the series. Bonzi Wells had 38 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, while Ron Artest posted 24 points and five steals in a losing cause.
Final Score: Phoenix 114, LA Lakers 97
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Boris Diaw dropped in 25 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists, as the Phoenix Suns staved off elimination by burying the Lakers, 114-97, in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at the US Airways Center. Steve Nash added 22 points for the second-seeded Suns, who now trail in the best-of-seven set, 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles. Shawn Marion contributed 21 points and nine boards for Phoenix, while Tim Thomas had 13 off the bench and Raja Bell and Leandro Barbosa had 11 apiece. The winner of the series will take on the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference semifinals. Kobe Bryant recorded a game-high 29 points, pulled down seven boards and dished out five assists before being tossed with two technical fouls for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who lost their third straight Game 5 in the postseason. Lamar Odom donated 18 points and 15 rebounds for Los Angeles, while Kwame Brown had 14 points.