Tuesday , Apr , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson continued to torch
Milwaukee, scoring a game-high 39 points en route to a personal milestone as
Philadelphia clinched a playoff berth with a 122-106 victory over the Bucks at
the Wachovia Center. Iverson added 12 assists and seven rebounds for the
Sixers, whose playoff seed has not been determined. They are 1 1/2 games in
front of idle New Jersey and Cleveland. Meanwhile, Philly trails Indiana,
which lost to Orlando Monday, by one game for the sixth seed. If the Pacers
lose against Chicago on Wednesday and the Sixers beat Atlanta, Philadelphia
will be the sixth seed. With the 39 points, Iverson has 2,286 on the season,
passing Charles Barkley (2,264 in 1987-88) for the second-best,
single-season total in Sixers’ history. Iverson has also lit up the
Bucks this season, scoring 40, 54, 48 and 39 points against Milwaukee
— an average of 45 points per game. Leading Milwaukee, which played without
All-Star guard and leading-scorer Michael Redd due to left Achilles
tendinitis, was Desmond Mason with 22 points.

Final Score: Phoenix 128, Denver 114

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson finished with
26 points apiece and the Phoenix Suns pounded the Denver Nuggets, 128-114, at
America West Arena. Before the game was even over the Suns clinched the top
seed in the Western Conference playoff race when San Antonio lost in Memphis.
Phoenix also sealed up the NBA’s best record and will have home-court
advantage throughout the playoffs as a result. The Suns (62-19) have tied the
franchise record for most wins in a season and can break the mark with a win
in Wednesday’s regular-season finale in Sacramento. Shawn Marion added 18
points and nine rebounds and Quentin Richardson notched 16 points for the
Suns, who have won five straight and 11 of their last 13 games. Carmelo
Anthony scored a season-high 36 points, but the Nuggets were still dealt their
second straight loss. Kenyon Martin added 22 points and 11 rebounds and Andre
Miller chipped in 17 points and 11 assists for the Nuggets, who will be seeded
seventh in the playoffs and face the second-seeded Spurs.

Final Score: Memphis 94, San Antonio 92

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Mike Miller scored the final nine points of
the game for Memphis, including the game-winning bucket as time expired as the
Grizzlies edged San Antonio, 94-92, at FedExForum. Miller finished with 28
points and nine rebounds for Memphis, which snapped a four-game skid. Pau
Gasol chipped in 20 points, while Stromile Swift had 16 points off the bench.
Glenn Robinson led the way for the Spurs with 23 points and Tim Duncan added
17. Manu Ginobili tallied 16 points for San Antonio, which lost for the second
time in three games.

Final Score: Orlando 92, Indiana 88

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis scored 24 points, pulled down
six rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Orlando past Indiana, 92-88,
at TD Waterhouse Centre. DeShawn Stevenson finished with 18 points and
Dwight Howard added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, who snapped a
seven-game losing streak. Tony Battie finished with 12 points and nine
rebounds in the win. Fred Jones led the way for the Pacers with 19 points and
Jermaine O’Neal added 16 points. Indiana has dropped three in a row and four
of its last six games. Reggie Miller finished with 13 points in his last game
in Orlando.

Final Score: Houston 115, LA Clippers 90

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming scored a team-high 24 points, Tracy
McGrady posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists and playoff bound
Houston pasted the lowly Clippers, 115-90, at the Toyota Center. Bob Sura and
Scott Padgett each netted 15 points, while David Wesley added 13 points for
streaking Houston, which has won six straight. Mike James came off the bench
to chip in 11 points for the Rockets, who shot a scorching 50 percent
from beyond the arc (13-of-26). Houston moved into fifth place in the West,
one game in front of Sacramento, which lost to Utah Monday. Elton Brand
netted a season-high 36 points to pace the dismal Clippers, who have dropped
four of six.

Final Score: Utah 92, Sacramento 82

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring had 24 points and a
season-high 13 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz over the Sacramento Kings,
92-82, at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur added 21 points and 12 boards for
the lottery-bound Jazz, who ended a two-game slide and won for only the second
time in six outings. Mike Bibby had 26 points and six assists for the
Kings, who fell one game behind the Houston Rockets for fifth place in the
Western Conference playoff race. Darius Songaila had 15 points and 11
boards for Sacramento, which has dropped two in a row after winning four
straight and has just one game remaining in the regular season.

Final Score: Golden State 126, LA Lakers 99

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mickael Pietrus scored 25 points and Baron
Davis had 24 with 13 assists, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 126-99
rout of the Los Angeles Lakers at The Arena. Troy Murphy added 19 points and
nine rebounds for Golden State, which has won 13 of its last 17 games. Jason
Richardson scored 17 in the win. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points to lead the
reeling Lakers, who have lost five straight and 18 of their last 20 games.
LA’s woes were personified by a play in the third quarter when Bryant
attempted to bounce the ball to himself off the backboard for a dunk. He
missed, and what was a three-point game at 72-69 quickly turned into a rout.
Golden State went on to outscore the Lakers 54-30 the rest of the way, at one
point leading by as many as 40 points.

Final Score: Minnesota 102, New Orleans 99

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Wally Szczerbiak had 18 points to lead the
Minnesota Timberwolves past the New Orleans Hornets, 102-99, at New Orleans
Arena. Sam Cassell had 16 points and six assists and Kevin Garnett added 14
points and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who have won three of their
last four, but were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday. Casey
Jacobsen, in his 83rd game of the year, had 15 points for the Hornets, who
lost for the eighth straight time overall and ninth in a row at home. They
must win their final game on Wednesday to avoid the worst record in franchise
history, which was set by the 1989-90 Hornets squad (19-63).