Wednesday , Apr , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon’s jumper with 5.8 seconds left
helped the Chicago Bulls defeat the New York Knicks, 92-91, at the United
Center and in the process clinch home-court advantage for the first round of
the Eastern Conference playoffs. Kirk Hinrich had a career-high tying 34
points and Gordon ended with 16 for the Bulls, who secured the fourth
seed and will host the fifth-seeded Washington Wizards in the first
round. Washington lost to the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, allowing the
Bulls to move two games ahead with one game remaining. Jamal Crawford
played his first game in Chicago since his offseason trade to New York and
finished with 24 points, six assists and six rebounds. However, he missed two
free throws with 11 seconds left that would have given his club a three-point
lead. Then missed the potential game-winning jumper as time expired.

Final Score: New Jersey 109, Washington 101

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd scored a season-high 35
points and also added eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the New Jersey
Nets to a 109-101 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Meadowlands. The
win kept the Nets tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just one game left for both teams.
New Jersey holds the tiebreaker over the Cavs and needs either a win or a
Cleveland loss to clinch the eighth seed. The Nets will play at Boston on
Wednesday, while the Cavs, who beat the Celtics on Tuesday, will visit
Toronto. Vince Carter notched 26 points and nine assists to help the Nets
win their third straight game. Brian Scalabrine netted 13 points and
Zoran Planinic chipped in 12 for New Jersey. Larry Hughes had 18 points to
lead the Wizards, who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and will
face Chicago in the opening round of the playoffs.

Final Score: Cleveland 100, Boston 86

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 32 points, grabbed eight
rebounds and handed out six assists, as Cleveland remained alive for the final
Eastern Conference playoff spot by defeating Boston 100-86 at Gund Arena.
Robert Traylor added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 boards for the
Cavaliers, who remain tied with New Jersey as the two teams continue to
battle for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Nets
defeated Washington on Tuesday to keep pace with Cleveland. The Cavaliers,
though, will have to finish ahead of New Jersey to garner the eighth seed
because the Nets own the tiebreaker should the teams finish with identical
records. Antoine Walker netted 22 points for the Atlantic Division champion
Celtics, who had their four-game winning streak halted. Ricky Davis
scored 15 for Boston, which has already locked up the third seed.

Final Score: Miami 99, Charlotte 80

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Rasual Butler scored a career-high 25 points and
grabbed six rebounds and Dwyane Wade had 14 points in limited action, as the
Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 99-80, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Alonzo Mourning added 11 points and Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 10 boards
for the Eastern Conference’s top seed Miami, which will play the rest of the
regular season without center Shaquille O’Neal. Prior to the game, the Heat
placed O’Neal on the injured list with a bruised right thigh. Keith Bogans,
Jason Kapono and Malik Allen all had 14 points apiece to lead the Bobcats,
who have lost three straight.

Final Score: Detroit 95, Atlanta 68

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Darko
Milicic added a career-high 16 in his first NBA start, leading the Detroit
Pistons to an easy 95-68 victory over Atlanta. Ben Wallace had 15 points
and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Central Division-champion Pistons,
who led wire-to-wire for their season-high 11th straight win. Josh Smith
tied a career-high with 18 points to lead the Hawks, who have lost 31 of their
last 34 games for an NBA-worst 13-68 record.

Final Score: Dallas 101, Seattle 96

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead the
Dallas Mavericks to a 101-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics at
AmericanAirlines Center. Josh Howard added 13 points for the Mavericks, who
have won eight straight and 12 of their last 13 games. Dallas is locked
into the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs and will face
Houston in the first round. Michael Finley, Jerry Stackhouse and Shawn
Bradley scored 12 points apiece in the victory. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis
scored 21 points apiece for the SuperSonics, who are the third seed in the
West and will face Sacramento in the playoffs. Luke Ridnour added 15 points
and eight assists in the loss.

Final Score: Denver 119, Portland 115

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony tied his season high with a
team-leading 36 points, as playoff-bound Denver finished its regular season
with a 119-115 victory over lottery-bound Portland at the Pepsi Center. It was
the second straight 36-point effort for Anthony, who went 12-of-25 from the
field and added 13 rebounds and a career-high four blocks for Denver,
which will be the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Nuggets
will face the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Leading
Portland, which missed the postseason for the second straight season after a
string of 21 consecutive playoff appearances, was Darius Miles with a
career-high 47 points and 12 boards.

Final Score: Toronto 127, Milwaukee 109

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose scored a game-high 29 points as
the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 127-109 in a battle of lottery-
bound teams at the Bradley Center. Rose went 11-of-19 from the floor for
Toronto, which shot 52 percent from both the field and three-point distance.
Milwaukee, which played without shooting guard and leading scorer Michael Redd
due to left Achilles tendinitis, as well as forward Joe Smith, also got 15
points from Maurice Williams, 14 from Erick Strickland and 13 each from Dan
Gadzuric and Anthony Goldwire.