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

Nets, Cavs battle heads to final day

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. Jason
Kidd scored a season-high 35 points and also added eight rebounds and eight
assists to lead the Nets to a 109-101 victory at the Meadowlands.

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, which holds the tiebreak advantage should the
Cavs and Nets finish the regular season tied.

Cleveland closes out its regular season Wednesday night in Toronto while the
Nets will travel to Boston.

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.

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. Etan Thomas, Kwame Brown and Antawn Jamison ended with 14 points
apiece while Thomas also grabbed 11 boards in the loss. Washington was
relegated to the fifth spot after the Bulls won on Tuesday over New York.

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