National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 43 points, including
a key jumper in the closing seconds, to lift Philadelphia over Indiana, 90-86,
at Conseco Fieldhouse. Chris Webber added 21 points for the 76ers, who moved
a game ahead of Cleveland for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference
playoff race. Philadelphia also remained two games ahead of ninth- place New
Jersey, which won in Toronto. The Sixers swept the four-game season series
with Indiana after losing all four to the Pacers last season. Stephen Jackson
scored 21 and Austin Croshere pulled down 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who are
sixth in the East and have already secured a berth in the postseason.
Final Score: Washington 119, Cleveland 111
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 33 points and Larry
Hughes had 31, leading the Washington Wizards to a 119-111 victory over
Cleveland at the MCI Center. Antawn Jamison added 21 points for the
Wizards, who moved one game ahead of Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern
Conference. Washington has won three straight on the heels of a five-game
losing streak. LeBron James poured in 38 points to lead the Cavaliers, who
have lost three straight. Cleveland is in the eighth spot in the Eastern
Conference, one game behind the 76ers and one game ahead of the ninth-
place New Jersey Nets.
Final Score: New Jersey 101, Toronto 90
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Vince Carter returned to Toronto for the first
time since leaving amid controversy and scored 39 points to lead the New
Jersey Nets to a 101-90 victory over the Raptors. Carter, who spent 6 1/2
years with the Raptors, was sent to the Nets in December after demanding
a trade. Jason Kidd finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists
while Brian Scalabrine contributed 16 points for New Jersey, which moved
within one game of Cleveland for the final playoff berth in the Eastern
Conference. Jalen Rose paced the Raptors with 20 points.
Final Score: Chicago 117, Orlando 77
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Andres Nocioni scored 17 points and grabbed
eight rebounds as Chicago blew out Orlando 117-77 at the United Center. Chris
Duhon tied a career-high with 17 points and Ben Gordon came off the bench
to also chip in 17 for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak and
continued to maintain their hold on the fourth seed in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. Chicago, which has three games remaining in the
regular season, leads Washington by one game for the all-important No. 4
spot that will garner them homecourt advantage in the first round. Steve
Francis had 16 points and six assists for the hapless Magic, who have
dropped six straight games.
Final Score: Boston 101, Miami 99
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce finished with 22 points and hit a
key jumper with nine seconds left to help the Boston Celtics edge the Miami
Heat, 101-99, at the FleetCenter. Boston’s magic number to clinch the
Atlantic Division is now one. Al Jefferson netted a career-high 19
points and Ricky Davis added 16 for the Celtics, who have won three
straight and six of their last eight games. Shaquille O’Neal netted a game-
high 34 points and Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 17 points in the second
half for the Heat, who have dropped four straight games. Miami has already
secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Final Score: Seattle 97, New Orleans 72
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored a game-high 32 points, and the
struggling Seattle SuperSonics captured the Northwest Division title with a
97-72 victory over New Orleans at KeyArena. Allen went 12-of-19 from the
floor, including 4-of-9 from three-point distance, and added seven
assists for Seattle, which won its first division title since 1997-98.
Antonio Daniels netted 13 points, while Ronald Murray and Luke Ridnour
contributed 10 points apiece for the Sonics. Leading New Orleans, which has
lost six straight games, was Lee Nailon with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Final Score: Denver 111, Memphis 102
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 22 points
and Kenyon Martin posted 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Denver
Nuggets to a 111-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Andre Miller
collected 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Nuggets, who
are now tied with idle Houston for the sixth spot in the Western Conference
playoff race. The Nuggets will play the Rockets on Saturday in Houston.
Nene added 14 points and 15 boards to help Denver win its 10th straight game.
The Grizzlies could’ve clinched a playoff berth with a win, but still remain
two games ahead of Minnesota for the Western Conference’s final postseason
spot with three games left. Mike Miller netted 17 points and Lorenzen Wright
chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has dropped three in
Final Score: Minnesota 100, Utah 84
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and
grabbed nine rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves kept their playoff hopes
alive with a 100-84 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center. Wally
Szczerbiak collected 17 points and eight boards for Minnesota, which moved
within two games of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference with three games remaining. Sam Cassell had 14 points and Latrell
Sprewell added 13 for the Timberwolves, who have won two in a row and nine of
their last 12 contests. Keith McLeod paced Utah with a career-high 20 points.
Matt Harpring chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who
have dropped seven of their last 10 games.
Final Score: Sacramento 115, LA Lakers 106
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby finished with 26 points and
seven assists and Cuttino Mobley added 23 points and 10 assists as the
Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-106, at Staples Center.
Maurice Evans chipped in 16 points off the bench and Kenny Thomas tallied 15
for the Kings, who won their fourth straight and have now won eight of 11.
Sacramento remains a game ahead of Houston and Denver for the fifth spot in
the Western Conference. Caron Butler poured in a season-high 34 points for the
lowly Lakers, who dropped their third straight and have now lost 16 of their
last 18 contests. Los Angeles played without All-Star guard Kobe Bryant who
sat out due to personal reasons.
Final Score: Detroit 99, Milwaukee 73
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Ronald Dupree scored a career-high 20
points and Tayshaun Prince added 17, as the Detroit Pistons crushed the
Milwaukee Bucks, 99-73, at The Palace. Ben Wallace contributed 15 points and
11 rebounds for Detroit, which has won a season-high nine straight contests.
Antonio McDyess finished with 13 points and seven boards in the win. Desmond
Mason paced Milwaukee with 15 points, while teammate Joe Smith added 14. The
Bucks, who have dropped four in a row overall and 13 straight on the road,
played the majority of the second half without Michael Redd, who left
with Achilles’ tendinitis.
Final Score: Phoenix 98, LA Clippers 91
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire posted game-highs of 24 points
and 17 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns over the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-91,
at America West Arena. Joe Johnson and Shawn Marion added 20 points
apiece for the Western Conference-leading Suns, who have won 12 of their
last 15 games to improve to 60-19 — the first time since the 1992-93
season that they have posted 60 wins. Phoenix also extended its conference
lead over idle San Antonio to two games. Elton Brand collected 22 points and
nine rebounds to lead the Clippers, who have lost three of four.
Final Score: Golden State 108, Portland 88
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Dunleavy had 20 points to pace the Golden
State Warriors to a 108-88 pasting of the Portland Trail Blazers. Baron Davis
added 19 points and nine assists while Troy Murphy had 18 points and 12
rebounds for Golden State, which ended a three-game skid. Damon Stoudamire
notched his second career triple-double and set an NBA record in the process.
The diminutive guard collected 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and set
an NBA record for the most three-pointers attempted in a game, as he
launched 21 three-balls. He made five. The hapless Blazers are losers of 10 of
their last 11 games.