Wednesday , May , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal had 19 points and 10 rebounds
and Stephen Jackson had 15 points to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Boston
Celtics, 90-85, in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at
the FleetCenter. O’Neal rebounded from a poor performance in Game 4 when he
scored only nine points in a 110-79 thumping at Conseco Fieldhouse, as the
Pacers moved within one game of moving on to the semifinal round. The
Pacers lead this best-of-seven set 3-2 and can close out Boston on Thursday in
Indiana. Dale Davis added 13 points and seven boards and Reggie Miller had
12 points for Indiana, which led for most of the game and held off the
Celtics down the stretch. Paul Pierce had 27 points and seven rebounds for
Boston, which has dropped two of three games at home this postseason. Ricky
Davis added 19 points and seven boards for the Celtics, who led for a total of
only 42 seconds in the game.

Final Score: Detroit 88, Philadelphia 78

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 10 of his 23
points in the fourth quarter, as the Detroit Pistons captured their Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series against Philadelphia with an 88-78 victory over
the 76ers in Game 5 at The Palace. The defending champion Pistons won the
best-of-seven series, 4-1, and will meet the winner of the Boston/Indiana
matchup in the conference semifinals. Chauncey Billups also netted 23 points
for Detroit, which has won seven straight playoff games at home. Allen Iverson
paced Philadelphia with 34 points and seven assists.

Final Score: Seattle 122, Sacramento 118

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen finished with 30 points and Rashard
Lewis netted 24, as the Seattle SuperSonics clinched their Western Conference
quarterfinal series against the Sacramento Kings with a 122-118 victory in
Game 5 at KeyArena. The Sonics won the best-of-seven series, 4-1, to
advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 1998. That year
Seattle defeated Minnesota in the opening round before falling to the
Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semis. Nick Collison added 15 points
and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who will face the winner of the San
Antonio/Denver series in the next round. The Spurs currently hold a 3-1
series’ lead over the Nuggets and could close out the set with a win at home
on Wednesday. Antonio Daniels posted 14 points and eight assists in the
victory. Peja Stojakovic poured in a game-high 38 points and Mike Bibby added
35 points and 10 assists for the Kings, who were knocked out in the opening
round for the first time since losing to the Lakers in 2000.