Sunday , Apr , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Tyson Chandler recorded his team-high 18th
double-double of the season as Chicago clinched its first post-season berth
since Michael Jordan left the franchise in 1998 with a 110-97 decision over
Toronto at the United Center. Chandler scored a season-high 18 points and
pulled down 21 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich netted 19 of his 25 points in
the second half to go along with eight assists for Chicago, which has won 12
of its last 13 games. The Bulls are currently the fourth seed in the
Eastern Conference playoff standings, 2 1/2 games in front of idle Indiana.
Jordan led Chicago to its sixth NBA championship in 1998 before his first
retirement. Antonio Davis also had a double-double with 13 points and 13
boards for Chicago, which swept the season series from Toronto for the
second straight year. The Raptors have lost nine in a row to the Bulls.
Leading Toronto was Jalen Rose with 19 points, while Morris Peterson provided
18.

Final Score: Denver 121, Seattle 105

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Earl
Boykins had 23 on 8-of-11 shooting as Denver cruised past slumping Seattle,
121-105, at the Pepsi Center. Andre Miller dished out a season-high 17
assists and netted 14 points to help the Nuggets to their seventh straight
win and 13th triumph in 14 games. Nene contributed 16 points in 21 minutes
off the bench for Denver, which continues to trail Houston by one-half game
for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff picture. Ray Allen poured
in 32 points for the SuperSonics, who have lost four in a row and missed
another opportunity to clinch the Northwest Division. Ronald Murray added
20 points and Damien Wilkins had 14 in the setback.

Final Score: New Jersey 99, Boston 86

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter was nearly unstoppable
with a season-high 45 points on 18-of-32 shooting and the New Jersey Nets
rolled to a 99-86 win over the Boston Celtics at Continental Airlines Arena.
Carter also buried 7-of-9 three-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and notched
four steals for New Jersey, which remained 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia
and Cleveland for the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots. Jason Kidd
scored just four points, but handed out a season-high 17 assists and pulled
down nine rebounds in the win — New Jersey’s third in a row and sixth in
seven games. Paul Pierce led Boston with 16 points. Ricky Davis netted 14
points off the bench for the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics, who had their
brief two-game winning streak come to an end.

Final Score: Philadelphia 112, Washington 106

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Marc Jackson, Andre Iguodala and Willie
Green had 20 points apiece as the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers defeated
Washington, 112-106, at the Comcast Center. The Sixers were playing without
star guard Allen Iverson (thumb) and forward Chris Webber (shoulder). Samuel
Dalembert netted 18 points and Rodney Rogers had 17 for Philadelphia, which
won its season-high fourth game in a row and moved within two games of first-
place Boston in the Atlantic Division. Green dished out a game-high nine
assists in the win, and the Sixers remained in a tie with Cleveland for
seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Gilbert Arenas poured in a career-
high 44 points to lead the way for Washington, which lost its fifth
straight, but remains in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff
race. Larry Hughes had 23 points in the losing effort.

Final Score: Atlanta 105, Minnesota 98

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Tyronn Lue scored a game-high 23 points,
including several clutch baskets in crunch time, as Atlanta put a huge damper
on Minnesota’s slim playoff hopes by defeating the Timberwolves, 105-98, at
Philips Arena. Lue led a balanced scoring attack that saw five other Atlanta
players reach double-digits in scoring. Tony Delk came off the pine to
chip in 18, while Josh Childress and Josh Smith each netted 14 points for the
Hawks, who snapped a 14-game slide overall to win for just the third time in
their last 33 games. Royal Ivey added 10 points and Jason Collier contributed
12 for Atlanta, which also ended a 11-game home losing streak en route to its
most impressive win of the season. The Timberwolves wasted a brilliant
performance by Kevin Garnett, who posted a double-double with 31 points and
12 rebounds. Garnett added seven assists for Minnesota, which now trails
idle Memphis by four games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Western Conference with five games left on its schedule.

Final Score: Dallas 88, Utah 81

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 24 points,
Jason Terry added 14 and playoff-bound Dallas hung on late to beat Utah,
88-81, at AmericanAirlines Center. Michael Finley added 13 points, while
Erick Dampier and Keith Van Horn each netted 10 points for Dallas, which has
won three straight and seven of eight to own a 5 1/2 game lead over fifth-
seeded Sacramento. The Kings were idle on Saturday night. Kris Humphries
paced the Jazz with 15 points, while Mehmet Okur added 14. Gordan Giricek
and Kirk Snyder each added 12 points for the Jazz, who have dropped four of
six. Matt Harpring chipped in 10 points and nine boards in a losing effort.

Final Score: Houston 98, Phoenix 97

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady scored 34 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets over the Phoenix Suns, 98-97, at
America West Arena. Bob Sura added 13 points and six assists for the Rockets,
who clinch a spot in the postseason with the win and maintained their hold on
the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Houston leads Denver
by one-half game and drew within one game of idle Sacramento for the fifth
spot. Amare Stoudemire had 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who
had two chances to win the game at the buzzer only to fall short. Steve Nash
had his jumper bounce out and Steven Hunter’s follow dunk attempt failed and
the final buzzer went off.

Final Score: Cleveland 98, Milwaukee 81

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James posted his third career triple-
double with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Cleveland
Cavaliers to a much-needed 98-81 victory over Milwaukee at Gund Arena. James
shot 15-of-26 from the floor and made seven of his 13 three-point
attempts for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and
remained tied with Philadelphia for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers, who own the tie-breaker with Cleveland, beat Washington on Saturday
night. Drew Gooden added 24 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for the
Cavaliers, and Jeff McInnis scored 22. Michael Redd had 26 points to lead
the Bucks, who have lost 10 of their last 12 games overall and four straight
in Cleveland. Desmond Mason added 12 points before he was ejected with 8:02
remaining in the third quarter for picking up his second technical foul.

Final Score: San Antonio 125, LA Clippers 124 (2-OT)

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Robert Horry hit a go-ahead three-pointer
and made a game-saving block as time expired in the second overtime, lifting
the San Antonio Spurs to a 125-124 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Manu
Ginobili scored 40 points with nine assists to lead the Spurs, who have won
six of their last eight to pull within one game of Phoenix for first place in
the Western Conference. Tony Parker added 27 points and nine assists in the
win, Horry ended with 15 points and Tony Massenburg scored 14 off the
bench. San Antonio won despite being outshot 58 percent to 41 percent. Corey
Maggette led LA with 24 points before fouling out in the first overtime. Chris
Wilcox and Elton Brand added 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the
Clippers, who have lost six of eight. Both Wilcox and Elton Brand also fouled
out.