Tuesday , Apr , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Reggie Miller passed Jerry West for 12th place
on the all-time scoring list and the Indiana Pacers rallied for a 94-90 win
over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Miller finished with 19 points
and Dale Davis’ free throws with 53 seconds left in the game solidified
Indiana’s seventh win in eight tries. Jalen Rose led the Raptors with a game-
high 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Rose also shot a 4-for-7 clip from three-
point territory, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Toronto’s fourth loss in five
tries.

Final Score: Washington 119, Milwaukee 112

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison finished with 32 points and
eight rebounds and Larry Hughes collected 23 points, eight boards and seven
assists, as the Washington Wizards downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-112, at the
MCI Center. Etan Thomas and Kwame Brown posted 17 points apiece for the
Wizards, who ended a five-game losing streak. Washington is currently tied for
fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers, who won in
Toronto on Monday. Michael Redd scored a game-high 35 points for the Bucks,
who have dropped two straight and 11 of their last 13 games.

Final Score: Cleveland 114, Orlando 106

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 33 points, grabbed seven
rebounds and dished out six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the
Orlando Magic, 114-106, at TD Waterhouse Centre. Drew Gooden sparked a pair of
fourth-quarter runs, ending with 27 points and seven boards, as the Cavaliers
have won two straight and pulled one-half game ahead of the idle Philadelphia
76ers for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Dwight Howard
had 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Magic, who fell 4 1/2 games
behind the Sixers with five games remaining in Orlando’s regular season.

Final Score: Charlotte 110, Atlanta 105 (OT)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Keith Bogans scored a team-high 21 points,
Brevin Knight posted a double-double and Charlotte defeated Atlanta, 110-105,
in an overtime battle between the league’s two worst teams at Philips Arena.
Knight collected 17 points with 10 assists, while Emeka Okafor contributed 16
points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who snapped an eight-game losing
streak. Josh Childress paced the Hawks with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while
Tyronn Lue added 18 points and a career-high 14 assists. Josh Smith chipped in
17 points for dismal Atlanta, which has dropped 31 of its last 34 contests.

Final Score: Detroit 85, Chicago 84 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups hit the go-ahead bucket in
overtime and finished with 28 points as Detroit defeated Chicago 85-84 and
clinched the Central Division crown. Rasheed Wallace netted 14 points and Ben
Wallace tallied 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Detroit, which won its
seventh straight. Tayshaun Prince had 11 points as the Pistons went 3-0 on
their short road trip. Kirk Hinrich led the way for Chicago with 15 points,
while Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. The Bulls
saw their three-game winning streak halted.

Final Score: Dallas 110, Memphis 89

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Howard scored a game-high 23 points and
grabbed nine rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and Dallas routed
Memphis, 110-89, at the American Airlines Center. Michael Finley added 17
points, while Keith Van Horn came off the bench to chip in 14 for Dallas,
which has won four straight overall and eight in a row at home. Lorenzo Wright
paced Memphis with a team-high 18 points. Pau Gasol added 14 points, while
Mike Miller netted 13 for Memphis, which was unable to secure its second
straight playoff berth with the loss.

Final Score: Denver 122, Golden State 106

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and the Denver
Nuggets clinched a playoff berth with a 122-106 victory over Golden State at
the Pepsi Center. DerMarr Johnson added 20 points and Andre Miller collected
16 assists and 10 points in the win. Earl Boykins had 12 points with 10
assists for the Nuggets, who have won eight straight games. Golden State’s
Baron Davis scored 28 points. Jason Richardson contributed 26 for the
Warriors, who have lost two straight after winning their previous eight games.

Final Score: Houston 90, Seattle 78

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady had 38 points and 11 rebounds to
lead the Houston Rockets over the Seattle SuperSonics, 90-78, at KeyArena. Yao
Ming added 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Rockets, who have
won three straight and continue to lead Denver by one-half game for the sixth
spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Ray Allen had 18 points to lead
the Sonics, who have lost a season-worst five straight games. Ronald Murray
added 15 points for Seattle, which is comfortably in front in the Pacific
Division and is trying to find its way to the postseason as the three seed.

Final Score: Phoenix 108, LA Lakers 97

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson,
Jerry West and Pat Riley among the former Lakers looking on, the playoff-bound
Phoenix Suns handed Los Angeles another loss on Monday. Joe Johnson scored 26
points and Steve Nash added 15 with 16 assists, as the Suns beat LA, 108-97,
at Staples Center. Shawn Marion added 24 points and 13 rebounds for Phoenix,
which has won seven of its last nine games. Jim Jackson scored 25 points,
finishing 7-of-11 from three-point range, as the Suns set an NBA record for
three-pointers made in a season. Phoenix, which shot 19-of-37 from beyond for
a new single game franchise record, has made 742 three-pointers to break the
NBA season record previously held by the 1995-96 Dallas Mavericks. The Suns
lead idle San Antonio by a full game in their bid to finish atop the Western
Conference. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points to lead the Lakers, who have lost 15
of their last 17 games.