Thursday , Apr , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 37 points and Jason Kidd added
19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead New Jersey past the Boston
Celtics, 102-93, as the Nets secured the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference. New Jersey, which will be making its fourth consecutive
postseason appearance, finished the season tied with Cleveland, which beat
Toronto on Wednesday, at 42-40, but earned the final spot by virtue of winning
the season series from the Cavaliers. Paul Pierce had 21 points for Boston,
which was already locked in as the three-seed after clinching the Atlantic
Division and will face Indiana in a first round series starting on Saturday.

Final Score: Cleveland 104, Toronto 95

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – LeBron James recorded his fourth triple-double
as Cleveland beat Toronto, 104-95. James scored 27 points, handed out 14
assists and pulled down 14 rebounds. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Ira Newble
contributed 20 points apiece in the win while Aleksandar Pavlovic netted all
12 of his points in the second quarter. Ilgauskas also grabbed eight rebounds
and blocked three shots and Eric Snow chipped in 10 points, eight assists and
five boards for the Cavs. Omar Cook scored a career-high 19 points to go along
with nine assists, Morris Peterson had 16 and nine boards and Chris Bosh
chipped in 11 in the loss.

Final Score: Indiana 85, Chicago 83

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana nailed down the sixth seed in the
Eastern Conference Wednesday with an 85-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Jermaine O’Neal scored 21 points to lead the Pacers.
Indiana’s Reggie Miller, who is retiring, scored 12 points in his final
regular season game. The future Hall-of-Famer, though, missed a jumper late in
the game that would have sealed the win. Jannero Pargo scored 17 points to
lead the Bulls, but missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have sent the
game into overtime. Chicago, which is headed to the postseason for the first
time since 1998, is the fourth seed in the East and will host Washington
Sunday to begin the opening round.

Final Score: Philadelphia 110, Atlanta 86

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Kyle Korver paced six players in double
figures with 21 points, as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to a 110-86 victory
over the Atlanta Hawks in the regular-season finale for both teams at the
Wachovia Center. Allen Iverson, Willie Green and Josh Davis netted 16 points
apiece for Philadelphia, which finished as the seventh seed in the Eastern
Conference and will face Detroit in the opening round of the playoffs
beginning on Saturday. Andre Iguodala and Marc Jackson each scored 12 points
for the 76ers, who posted a 43-39 record after finishing the regular season
with victories in eight of their last 10 contests. Josh Smith collected 18
points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which dropped 19 of its final 21 contests
to conclude a miserable campaign at 13-69.

Final Score: Charlotte 97, Detroit 86

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Emeka Okafor and Brevin Knight each posted
double-doubles as the expansion Charlotte Bobcats closed out the regular
season on a positive note, defeating playoff-bound Detroit, 97-86, at
Charlotte Coliseum. Okafor, who made a strong case for Rookie of the Year
honors throughout the season, recorded his rookie-leading 47th double-double
with 16 points and tied a career-high with 19 rebounds, while Knight netted 14
points with 13 assists. Tayshaun Prince and Ronald Dupree each scored 13
points for the Central Division-champion Pistons, who saw their season-high
11-game winning streak come to an end. Ben Wallace added a double-double with
12 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which played without guard Richard
Hamilton, who was placed on the injured list on Wednesday with an eye injury.

Final Score: Miami 98, Orlando 93

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Keyon Dooling scored 19 points and Christian
Laettner added 14 points as Miami defeated Orlando, 98-93, in the season
finale at TD Waterhouse Arena. Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal (thigh) and Dwyane
Wade (rest) both missed the contest. Udonis Haslem finished with 12 points for
the Heat, who won their third straight game. Steve Francis and Dwight Howard
had 21 points apiece for Orlando, which lost eight of its last nine and
finished the season losers in 19-of-24 games. DeShawn Stevenson netted 11
points and Jameer Nelson finished with 10 in the losing effort.

Final Score: New York 113, Washington 105

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford scored 36 points and the
lottery-bound New York Knicks ended the regular season with a 113-105 win over
the playoff-bound Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Stephon Marbury
added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks, who halted a
two-game slide to end the season with a 33-49 mark. Mike Sweetney had 16
points and 13 boards, as New York will sit at home and watch the postseason
for the third time in four years. This was also the club’s fourth straight
losing season. Gilbert Arenas had 25 points and eight rebounds for the
Wizards, who relinquished an eight-point fourth quarter lead with mostly
reserves on the floor.

Final Score: Houston 106, Seattle 78

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Mike James scored a game-high 24 points off the
bench as red-hot Houston overcame the absence of All-Star Tracy McGrady to
beat short-handed Seattle, 106-78, in a battle of postseason teams that did
not impact the playoffs. James went 10-of-13 from the field, including
4-of-5 from three-point distance, for the Rockets, who are the fifth seed
in the Western Conference playoffs and will visit No. 4 Dallas Saturday at
5:30 p.m. (et). The Sonics are the third seed and will host the sixth-seeded
Sacramento Kings Saturday at 10:30 p.m. (et). Leading the SuperSonics
(52-30), who played without the talents of All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard
Lewis, was Ronald Murray with 22 points.

Final Score: Dallas 108, Memphis 88

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Josh Howard poured in 27 points on 11-of-14
shooting as Dallas cruised to a 108-88 victory over Memphis in the regular-
season finale for both teams at FedExForum. Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and
eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won nine consecutive games
heading into the playoffs and finished with a 58-24 record. Dallas will be
the Western Conference’s fourth seed and will host Houston Saturday in Game
1 of their opening-round series. Pau Gasol made 8-of-9 field-goal attempts
in an 18-point effort for the Grizzlies, who enter the postseason with
losses in five of their final six regular-season contests. Bonzi Wells added
13 points in defeat. Memphis (45-37), the West’s eighth and final seed, will
next visit top-seeded Phoenix on Sunday for their playoff opener.

Final Score: Minnesota 95, San Antonio 73

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Trenton Hassell scored 19 points and Ndudi
Ebi posted 18 points and eight rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves pounded
the San Antonio Spurs, 95-73, in the regular-season final for both teams.
Kevin Garnett added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves (44-38),
who are not headed to the postseason for the first time since 1996. Minnesota
made it to the Western Conference finals last season before losing to the Los
Angeles Lakers. Glenn Robinson scored 16 points and Beno Udrih recorded
15 for the Spurs (60-22), who are the second seed in the Western
Conference and will open playoffs with Sunday’s home game against Denver.

Final Score: Sacramento 132, Phoenix 107

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley, Corliss Williamson and
Darius Songaila led eight Sacramento scorers in double-digits with 19 points
apiece, and the Kings beat Phoenix 132-107 in the final game of the regular
season. Both teams had already sealed their Western Conference playoff fate.
No. 1 Phoenix will begin its series with Memphis on Sunday, while sixth-seeded
Sacramento visits Seattle on Saturday — so the game was little more than a
scoring exhibition. Sacramento shot 52 percent from the field, making 51 its
whopping 98 shot attempts — including 12-of-24 from three-point range. Amare
Stoudemire poured in 30 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Suns (62-20), who
fell one win short of the team record for wins, set during their NBA Finals
season of 1992-93.

Final Score: LA Clippers 86, New Orleans 75

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand and Bobby Simmons each posted a
double-double as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New Orleans Hornets,
86-75, in the season finale for both teams at New Orleans Arena. Brand scored
18 points and hauled down 14 rebounds, while Simmons netted 14 points and
dished out 11 boards for the Clippers, who are lottery-bound for the eighth
straight year. Shaun Livingston added 17 points and Mikki Moore chipped in
10 for Los Angeles, which ended the season with a 37-45 mark. J.R. Smith
paced the dismal Hornets with 15 points, while P.J. Brown added 12 points and
seven rebounds. David West chipped in 11 points off the bench for New
Orleans, which mercifully saw its season come to end. The Hornets have lost
nine straight overall and 10 in a row at home.

Final Score: Portland 106, LA Lakers 103

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Travis Outlaw had a career-high 20 points and
Ruben Patterson added 18 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the Los
Angeles Lakers, 106-103, in a battle of two lottery-bound clubs at the Rose
Garden. Sebastian Telfair recorded 17 points and 11 assists for the Blazers,
who ended the season winning only three of their final 14 games. Ha Seung-
Jin added a career-high 13 points for Portland, which finished with a 27-55
mark. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 37 points, but without Shaquille
O’Neal he could only help Los Angeles to a 34-48 record this season.

Final Score: Golden State 106, Utah 89

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis scored 23 points and dished out
nine assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 106-89 victory over Utah
in the final game of the season for both teams at The Arena. Jason Richardson
and Mike Dunleavy each had 18 points for the Warriors, who finished the season
with a record of 34-48 and missed the playoffs for the 11th straight year.
Matt Harpring scored 22 points for the Jazz, who ended 26-56 and failed to
qualify for the postseason for the second straight year and just the second
time since the 1982-1983 campaign.