Tuesday , May , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 28 points, Ben
Wallace had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons cruised to a
96-81 victory over Indiana in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal
series. Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups added 11 points apiece for the
Pistons, who led by double digits for the final 30 minutes and 30 seconds of
the game. Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson — two of the five Indiana
players suspended for the now-infamous November 19 brawl at The Palace — led
the Pacers in this one. O’Neal scored 22 points on just 8-of-22 shooting and
Jackson had 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Jamaal Tinsley added 13 points in
the loss, and Jeff Foster had a team-high 13 rebounds off the bench.

Final Score: Phoenix 127, Dallas 102

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Amare Stoudemire posted 40 points and 16
rebounds and Joe Johnson scored 25, as the Phoenix Suns pounded the Dallas
Mavericks, 127-102, in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at America
West Arena. The Suns will try to take a 2-0 lead when the teams meet in
Phoenix again on Wednesday. Shawn Marion collected 23 points and 11 boards for
the top-seeded Suns, who swept the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round to
earn a trip to the conference semis for the first time since 2000. That year
Phoenix was eliminated in five games by the Los Angeles Lakers. Phoenix guard
Steve Nash was playing in his first game since being named the NBA’s Most
Valuable Player on Sunday. Nash, who was traded from Dallas to the Suns in the
offseason, finished with 11 points and 13 assists in Monday’s win. Dirk
Nowitzki ended with 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks.