Saturday , Apr , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and seven
rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Philadelphia 76ers, 100-83, at
the Wachovia Center. Keith Van Horn added 15 points for the Mavericks, who
recorded their fourth straight victory and won for the eighth time in their
last nine contests. Nowitzki hit all 14 of his free throw attempts to
help Dallas officially clinch its fifth consecutive playoff appearance.
The Mavericks also trail San Antonio by four games in the Southwest
Division. Allen Iverson and Marc Jackson each had 22 points for
Philadelphia, which dropped its third straight game, but remained a game up
on the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference. Iverson was forced to leave this contest late in the first half
with a hip contusion, but returned to the bench before halftime. However, he
suffered a right groin strain at some point in the second half, and after
picking up his fifth foul late in the third quarter, did not return.

Final Score: Toronto 119, Charlotte 107

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 27 points and grabbed nine
rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 119-107 win over the Charlotte
Bobcats in a high-scoring affair at Charlotte Coliseum. Jalen Rose netted 23
points while Donyell Marshall and Rafer Alston both chipped in 18 for
the Raptors, who put an end to a two-game losing streak. Marshall also
hauled in 12 boards. Emeka Okafor poured in 29 points and grabbed 14
rebounds and Matt Carroll added 17 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped
three straight contests.

Final Score: Washington 111, Orlando 102

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 31 points,
including a run-stuffing five straight late in the contest, as Washington
continued surging toward the postseason with its fourth straight victory by
recording a 111-102 win over Orlando at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Arenas went
8-of-16 from the floor for Washington, which has won eight of its last 11
games and cleared a hurdle with its first win in seven trips to Orlando.
Larry Hughes had 30 points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists, while
Etan Thomas chipped in 10 points and 10 boards in the win. The Wizards moved
one game in front of idle Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern
Conference standings. Leading Orlando, which had a two-game winning streak
snapped, were Steve Francis with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and
rookie Dwight Howard with 22 points and 11 boards.

Final Score: Boston 116, Atlanta 100

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis poured in a season-high 36 points
to lead Boston past Atlanta, 116-100, at Philips Arena. Davis finished the
game 14-of-17 from the floor and went 8-for-10 from the free throw line as
the Celtics snapped their four-game losing streak. Paul Pierce added 17
points, while Gary Payton collected 14 points and dished out eight assists in
the win. Boston is now four games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic
Division. Josh Childress led the way for Atlanta with a career-high 26 points.
Tony Delk chipped in 18 points as the Hawks lost for the 11th straight time.

Final Score: New Jersey 93, New York 91

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 31 points and six assists as
New Jersey gained ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 93-91
victory over rival New York at Madison Square Garden. Jason Kidd collected
18 points and eight rebounds while Clifford Robinson contributed 12 points
off the bench to help the surging Nets to their third straight win and eighth
triumph in 10 games. New Jersey is now just a half-game behind
Philadelphia. Stephon Marbury finished with 26 points and Jamal Crawford
recorded 23 for the Knicks, who have dropped five in a row.

Final Score: Detroit 97, LA Clippers 84

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince had 23 points to lead the
Detroit Pistons past the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-84, at the Palace. Ben
Wallace added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who clinched a
playoff spot and won for the third time in their last four tries, while
stretching their lead over idle Chicago to 4 1/2 games in the Central
Division. Detroit also welcomed head coach Larry Brown back to the bench.
The Hall of Famer had missed his team’s last 10 games, while recovering
from surgery related to the hip procedure he had in the fall. Marko Jaric
had 24 points and Elton Brand chipped in 22 and 11 boards for Los Angeles,
which dropped its fourth straight game and sixth in its last nine tries.

Final Score: Sacramento 128, Cleveland 109

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and Cuttino
Mobley each scored 22 points as the Sacramento Kings used a big second-quarter
run to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 128-109, at Gund Arena. Kenny Thomas
added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who have won four of
their last six and moved one-half game ahead of Houston into fifth place in
the Western Conference. LeBron James scored a game-high 35 points to go
along with nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who hold the seventh seed in the
East.

Final Score: Memphis 93, Milwaukee 82

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol finished with 20 points and Shane
Battier added 18 as Memphis pulled away from Milwaukee, 93-82, at the Bradley
Center. Mike Miller finished with 14 points and buried a crucial three-pointer
late in the contest, halting the Grizzlies three-game skid. Bonzi Wells had
13 points off the bench for Memphis, which is tied for seventh place
with Denver in the Western Conference. Desmond Mason led all scorers with 24
points for the Bucks, who lost for the eighth straight time. Michael Redd
netted 17 points, while Joe Smith pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the
losing effort.

Final Score: New Orleans 76, Houston 73

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Lee Nailon scored a team-high 16 points off the
bench as New Orleans overcame an 18-point deficit to beat undermanned Houston,
76-73, at the Toyota Center. Also coming off the bench, Dan Dickau had 14
points and six assists, P.J. Brown added 13 points and eight rebounds and
Chris Andersen contributed nine points, including five crucial free throws,
to go along with his game-high 16 boards in the win. Leading the Rockets,
who played without All-Star center Yao Ming, was Tracy McGrady with 21
points on just 5-of-20 shooting. Yao was sidelined with a sore right calf.

Final Score: Golden State 108, Utah 91

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Derek Fisher had 19 points to lead a
balanced Golden State scoring attack as the Warriors snapped a 19-game road
losing streak to Utah with a 108-91 victory at the Delta Center. Jason
Richardson added 18 points and reserves Mickael Pietrus and Zarko
Cabarkapa scored 15 and 14, respectively, for the Warriors, who posted their
fourth straight win overall and seventh triumph in eight games. Golden State,
which last won in Salt Lake City on November 11, 1994, had seven players
finish with double-figure points. Gordan Giricek netted 17 points and Mehmet
Okur scored 14 for the Jazz, who have dropped three in a row and 13 of 15.

Final Score: Phoenix 107, Minnesota 98

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Steve Nash poured in a game-high 28 points and
handed out 11 assists to lead Phoenix to a 107-98 win over Minnesota at
America West Arena. Amare Stoudemire, who returned from a two-game
absence, finished with 22 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who have
won four straight games and remain the frontrunner in the Western
Conference. Quentin Richardson ended with 18 points, Joe Johnson added 15 and
Shawn Marion finished with 14 points and 16 boards in the win. Wally
Szczerbiak scored 18 points and Kevin Garnett went for 15 points and 15
rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had their five-game winning streak halted
and are currently on the outside looking in for the final playoff spot in the
West.

Final Score: Denver 102, San Antonio 84

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Marcus Camby compiled 15 points, 10 rebounds
and eight blocked shots as the Denver Nuggets downed the San Antonio Spurs,
102-84, at the Pepsi Center. Earl Boykins came off the bench to score a
game-high 23 points for the Nuggets, who have won two straight and nine of
11. Denver remained tied with Memphis for seventh place in the Western
Conference, with the Nuggets holding the tiebreaker. Tony Parker poured in 17
points as the Spurs saw their winning streak snapped at three games. San
Antonio, which is still without the injured Tim Duncan, fell two games behind
Phoenix in the race for the top seed out of the West.

Final Score: Seattle 89, Portland 87

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 19 points and Damien Wilkins
added 17 as Seattle edged Portland, 89-87, at Key Arena. Nick Collison
finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the SuperSonics, who won their
third straight game. Reggie Evans pulled down 13 rebounds in the win. Shareef
Abdur-Rahim led all scorers with 21 points and Sebastian Telfair netted
18 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three straight and 10 of their
last 11 games. Darius Miles had 13 points, while Joel Przybilla grabbed 13
rebounds in the loss.