Sunday , Apr , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 34 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds and Rashard Lewis added 28 as the Seattle SuperSonics
eliminated Minnesota from playoff contention with a 109-94 victory over the
Timberwolves at the Target Center. Luke Ridnour contributed 10 points and 11
assists for the Northwest Division champion Sonics, who are third in the
Western Conference. Latrell Sprewell scored 20 points for the Timberwolves,
who had made the playoffs the previous eight seasons and reached the Western
Conference finals last year. Kevin Garnett had 17 with eight boards in the
loss.

Final Score: New Jersey 104, Philadelphia 83

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored a game-high 43
points and Jason Kidd collected his 67th career triple-double as the New
Jersey Nets continued their push towards the playoffs with a 104-83 victory
over Philadelphia at Continental Airlines Arena. Carter went 17-of-33 from the
field and added 11 rebounds, while Kidd recorded 11 points, 16 assists and 10
boards in the win. Kidd leads all active players with 67 career triple-
doubles. With the win, New Jersey moved into a tie with Cleveland for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, although the Nets
hold the tiebreaker. The 76ers, who could have clinched a spot in the post-
season with a win, currently sit as the seventh seed in the East, one game
ahead of New Jersey and Cleveland and two contests behind sixth-place Indiana,
which lost Sunday.

Final Score: Detroit 90, Cleveland 87

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and
Chauncey Billups added 17, as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 90-87, at The Palace. Hamilton, who also handed out six assists,
left the game for several minutes after suffering a cut above his left eye
late in the third quarter. Tayshaun Prince netted 15 points and Ben Wallace
contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who extended their
season-high winning streak to 10 games. LeBron James had 37 points, 11
rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers, who have dropped three in a row
and six of its last eight contests to fall out of the playoff picture.
Cleveland is tied with New Jersey for the final spot in the Eastern
Conference, but the Nets hold the tiebreaker.

Final Score: Miami 84, Indiana 80

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones scored a team-high 17 points as Miami
overcame an injury to All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal and snapped a season-
high four-game losing streak with an 84-80 victory over Indiana at American
Airlines Arena. Jones also grabbed 10 rebounds for Miami, which played the
second half without O’Neal. Leading Indiana, which activated All-Star forward
Jermaine O’Neal prior to the game, was Stephen Jackson with a game-high 21
points. Jermaine O’Neal had 16 points for the Pacers, who current sit in
sixth place in the East, two games behind fifth-place Washington and two
games in front of seventh-place Philadelphia.

Final Score: Washington 106, Charlotte 104

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison’s basket with one second
remaining in the fourth quarter lifted the Washington Wizards to a 106-104
victory over the hapless Charlotte Bobcats at the MCI Center. Jamison finished
with 26 points and Larry Hughes scored 28 to lead the playoff-bound
Wizards, who have won three straight on the heels of a five-game skid. The
Wizards, who are fifth in the Eastern Conference, sixth-place Indiana by
two games and trail fourth-place Chicago by a game. The Pacers lost in Miami
Sunday, while the Bulls were idle. Charlotte’s Rookie of the Year candidate
Emeka Okafor, who left Friday’s win over Cleveland with a right thigh
bruise, did not play.

Final Score: Dallas 114, LA Lakers 112

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Dallas
held off a late Los Angeles Lakers comeback attempt to earn its seventh
consecutive victory, a 114-112 decision at the Staples Center. Michael Finley
added 20 points while Jason Terry amassed 17 points and 10 assists for the
Mavericks, who have already sewn up the fourth seed for the upcoming Western
Conference playoffs. Kobe Bryant, who returned to the Laker lineup after a
one-game absence, racked up 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Jumaine Jones had 14 points and nine boards for Los Angeles, which has dropped
four straight and 17 of 19.

Final Score: Boston 103, Toronto 98

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 25 points, grabbed 11
rebounds and dished out five assists as Boston clinched the Atlantic Division
title and defeated Toronto, 103-98, at Air Canada Centre. Raef LaFrentz
contributed 18 points and six rebounds for Boston, which has won four
straight and six of seven. Gary Payton netted 14 points and had seven
assists while Ricky Davis chipped in 13 points for the Celtics, who won the
division title for the first time since 1991-92. Jalen Rose led all scorers
with 31 points while Chris Bosh poured in 26 points and pulled down seven
rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the fourth time in five tries.

Final Score: Atlanta 139, New York 135 (OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tyronn Lue tied a career-high with 32 points,
including six in overtime, to lead Atlanta to a 139-135 win over New York in a
battle between two lottery-bound teams at Madison Square Garden. Josh
Childress added 22 points and 11 boards while Josh Smith had a career-high
21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who halted a three-game losing
streak and won for only the third time in their last 33 contests. Stephon
Marbury netted 31 points and handed out nine assists for the Knicks, who had
their two-game winning streak ended. Jamal Crawford also had 31 points and Tim
Thomas contributed 26 in the setback.

Final Score: Portland 100, Utah 82

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Ruben Patterson scored 23 points and Shareef
Abdur-Rahim had 20 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the Utah Jazz,
100-82, at the Rose Garden. Damon Stoudamire, who sparked a 20-2 run in
the second quarter that put Portland well ahead, added 18 points, 12
assists and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who ended a three-game slide.
Mehmet Okur had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk Snyder had 15 points and
six rebounds for the Jazz, who have dropped two straight and four of five.