Tuesday , May , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Juan Dixon scored a career-high 35 points
off the bench, and the Washington Wizards led wire-to-wire for a 106-99
victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their first round Eastern
Conference series. Dixon shot 11-of-15 from the field in 31 minutes and made
all 10 of his free throws — including six down the stretch as the Bulls
turned a laugher into a six-point game. Homecourt has been good to the
Wizards, who won two straight at the MCI Center to even this best-of-seven
series at two games apiece. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago,
where the Bulls won the first two games by a combined 19 points. Jannero
Pargo and Kirk Hinrich scored 18 apiece to lead the Bulls, who shot just 24
percent in the first half and only 34 percent for the game.

Final Score: Dallas 103, Houston 100

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and his putback with 20 seconds left helped the Dallas Mavericks
defeat the Houston Rockets, 103-100, in critical Game 5 of their Western
Conference quarterfinal series at AmericanAirlines Center. Josh Howard added
17 points and eight boards and Jerry Stackhouse also had 17 points for the
Mavericks, who have won three straight in this best-of-seven set to take a
3-2 series lead. Dallas can advance to the second round on Thursday in Game
6 at Houston. Tracy McGrady missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer
that could have tied the game, as the Rockets are on the verge of
elimination after winning the first two games of this series in Dallas.
McGrady ended with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while center Yao
Ming had a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds for Houston.

Final Score: San Antonio 126, Denver 115 (OT)

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 11 of his 29 points in
overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 126-115 victory over Denver
in Game 4 of their first round playoff series. The Spurs have won three
straight in this seven-game set since losing Game 1 at home. They can clinch a
berth in the Western Conference semifinals with a Game 5 win on Wednesday in
San Antonio. Parker scored seven of his 11 overtime points after Tim Duncan
fouled out of the game on a questionable call. Duncan ended with 39 points and
14 rebounds, shooting 13-of-23 from the field and 13-of-14 on free throws
after going just 5-of-19 for 11 points in Game 3. Manu Ginobili, who carried
the offensive weight for a struggling Duncan in Game 3, added 24 points off
the bench in the win. Earl Boykins scored a career playoff-high 32 points to
lead the Nuggets, who overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to force
overtime. Carmelo Anthony added 28 points in the loss. Denver made just three
of its eight shots in overtime