Monday , May , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups poured in 29 points and
Rasheed Wallace contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons
evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Indiana at two games
apiece with an 89-76 victory over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Richard
Hamilton scored 13 points and handed out seven assists for Detroit, which
responded after dropping Games 2 and 3 of the best-of-seven set. Antonio
McDyess had 12 points for the defending champion Pistons, who will host
Game 5 on Tuesday. Stephen Jackson paced Indiana with 23 points. Jamaal
Tinsley chipped in 17 points and Jermaine O’Neal collected 10 points and 13
boards for the Pacers, who have lost nine of their last 12 Game 4s in the
postseason. O’Neal was only 4-of-15 from the floor.

Final Score: Seattle 101, San Antonio 89

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in 32 points, and the Seattle
SuperSonics evened their Western Conference semifinal series against San
Antonio at two games apiece with a 101-89 victory over the Spurs on Sunday.
Luke Ridnour scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Antonio
Daniels added 19 points for the Sonics, who led wire-to-wire for their second
straight win in this best-of-seven series. Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday in
San Antonio, where the Spurs won the first two games by a combined 39 points.
Tim Duncan had 35 points and 10 rebounds to lead San Antonio. Manu Ginobili
added 15 points off the bench, and Tony Parker scored 12 on just 5-of-13
shooting in the loss.

Final Score: Dallas 119, Phoenix 109

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Howard had 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki
added 25, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 119-109 victory over the Phoenix
Suns in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. League
MVP Steve Nash poured in a career-high 48 points to lead the Suns, scoring
35 of those points in the second half. But despite his career
performance, Phoenix could not stop Dallas from evening the best-of-seven-
series at 2-2. Jerry Stackhouse collected 22 points off the bench for the
Mavericks, who built a 16-point lead by halftime. Erick Dampier added 13
points and 11 rebounds in the victory. The teams have alternated wins and
losses so far. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Phoenix, where the
Suns scored 233 points over the first two games, but came away with just one
win. Shawn Marion had 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss
for Phoenix. Amare Stoudemire added 15 points, Quentin Richardson scored 13
and Jim Jackson had 11.