Sunday , Apr , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace scored 16 of his 29 points
in the third quarter, as Detroit overcame an early 16-point deficit for a
106-85 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Richard Hamilton added 17
for the second-seeded Pistons, who lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with Game
2 slated for Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Allen Iverson, fresh
off his fourth scoring title, paced the 76ers with a game-high 30 points and
10 assists. Chris Webber added 27 points, while Samuel Dalembert chipped in 10
points and 18 rebounds for seventh-seeded Philadelphia.

Final Score: Houston 98, Dallas 86

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady poured in a game-high 34 points to
lead the Houston Rockets past the Dallas Mavericks, 98-86, in Game 1 of the
Western Conference quarterfinals. Mike James contributed a playoff career-high
16 points for the Rockets, seeded fifth in the West, as they grabbed a 1-0
lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 2 slated for Monday at the
AmericanAirlines Center. The Rockets, who were eliminated in five games by the
Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round last season, have not won a playoff
series since 1997. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points, but hit just one
field goal in the second half. Josh Howard and Jason Terry added 17 points
apiece for the fourth-seeded Mavericks, who entered the postseason with wins
in their final nine regular season contests.

Final Score: Boston 102, Indiana 82

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Raef LaFrentz scored 21 points and made all five
of his three-point attempts as the Boston Celtics used a huge second-quarter
surge to defeat the Indiana Pacers, 102-82, in the opening game of their
Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Gary Payton added 14 points and seven
assists for the Celtics, who shook off a cold start to outscore Indiana 39-11
in the second quarter en route to the blowout victory. Stephen Jackson scored
25 points to lead the Pacers, who will look to even up the best-of-seven
series Monday night in Game 2. Austin Croshere came off the bench and was
Indiana’s only other scorer in double figures with 10 points.

Final Score: Seattle 87, Sacramento 82

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen finished with 28 points and 10
rebounds as the Seattle SuperSonics held off the Sacramento Kings for an 87-82
win in the opening game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Key
Arena. Rashard Lewis scored 18 points while Jerome James had 17 points and 15
rebounds for the Sonics, who made their first playoff game in three years a
success with the victory. Antonio Daniels netted 12 points in the win. Peja
Stojakovic poured in 24 points and Cuttino Mobley added 22 for the Kings, who
will try to even things up when the teams meet in Game 2 of the best-of-seven
series Tuesday night. Kenny Thomas had 10 points and eight rebounds in the
loss.