Monday , Mar , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson poured in 23 points on 8-
of-13 shooting to lead Indiana to an easy 92-79 win over Philadelphia at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Peja Stojakovic added 18 points for the Pacers, who won
for the second time in three games and tied Washington for the fifth
position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Danny Granger
contributed a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Allen
Iverson recorded a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists for the
Sixers, who lost their second straight game and for the sixth time in
seven contests. Philadelphia remains two games in front of Chicago for the
Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. Chris Webber netted 24
points in the loss.

Final Score: Milwaukee 125, Toronto 116 (OT)

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 35 points and dished out
six assists, as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a career-high 48 points from
Charlie Villanueva to beat the Toronto Raptors, 125-116, in overtime at the
Bradley Center. Charlie Bell netted a career-high 18 points and added 11
assists, and Joe Smith contributed 19 points off the bench for the Bucks,
which snapped a two-game skid. Charlie Villanueva went 20-of-32 from the field
and pulled down nine rebounds, Morris Peterson added 17 points and Mike James
added 11 points and 10 assists for Toronto, which has lost two of its last
three games. Chris Bosh left the game after playing less than seven minutes
due to a sprained left thumb and did not return.Villanueva’s 48 points were
the most by a Raptor this season and set a new franchise mark for points by
a rookie.

Final Score: Minnesota 98, New York 94

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 15 rebounds
as the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the New York Knicks, 98-94, at the
Target Center. Ricky Davis poured in 21 points and eight boards and Rashad
McCants netted 17 for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two game losing streak
and have won three of their last five games. Jamal Crawford paced the
Knicks with 20 points and Steve Francis added 15 points in the loss, New
York’s fifth straight and seventh in its last nine attempts. Stephon Marbury
contributed 12 points and nine assists in the contest.

Final Score: Cleveland 104, Houston 102 (OT)

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – LeBron James had a game-high 36 points and
added six rebounds and five assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the
Houston Rockets, 104-102, in overtime at the Toyota Center. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
added 21 points and eight rebounds and Damon Jones added 22 points and six
assists for the Cavaliers, who won their fifth straight game. Donyell
Marshall added 12 points for Cleveland, which sits solidly in the fourth
spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Yao Ming led the Rockets, who
have lost seven of their last eight games, with 27 points and seven boards and
Rafer Alston added 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Memphis 102, Charlotte 95

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol scored 33 points and grabbed 15
rebounds, as Memphis held off Charlotte, 102-95, in a game delayed by 90
minutes due to a small fire in the FedExForum. About 12,000 fans had to be
evacuated before the game due to a fire in an elevator shaft. Order was
eventually restored and the game, originally scheduled for 4 p.m. (et),
began 90 minutes late. Mike Miller scored 20 points and pulled down seven
boards for the Grizzlies, winners of a season-high seven straight games.
Lorenzen Wright got Memphis rolling early, scoring all 13 of his points in the
first quarter. Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 25 points and seven
boards. Kareem Rush scored 21 points off the bench. Kevin Bright tallied 17
points and dished out 16 assists. Charlotte was without Raymond Felton, who
was listed as inactive before the game with an abdominal injury.

Final Score: Chicago 101, Boston 97

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Luol Deng scored 20 points and grabbed eight
rebounds as Chicago came back in the fourth quarter to beat Boston, 101-97, at
the TD Banknorth Garden. Chris Duhon and Ben Gordon scored 17 points apiece
for the Bulls, who have won two straight after losing four in a row.
Thirteen of Gordon’s points came in the final stanza. Kirk Hinrich scored 16
points, while Andres Nocioni had 12. Tyson Chandler notched 10 points, 11
rebounds and four blocked shots, one of which prevented Boston from tying the
game with under 20 seconds to go. Paul Pierce posted 24 points and eight
rebounds for the Celtics, who have dropped three of four. Wally Szczerbiak
scored 23 points, while Delonte West had 17 points. Kendrick Perkins added 14
rebounds.

Final Score: Orlando 108, Atlanta 101

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 23 points and Dwight
Howard added 15 points and 13 rebounds, as the Magic continued their home
domination with a 108-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Jameer Nelson also
had 15 points for Orlando, which won its third straight overall and its
sixth in a row at the TD Waterhouse Centre. Darko Milicic and Keyon Dooling
added 13 points apiece for the Magic, winners in 11 of their last 12 at home
over the Hawks. After putting seven players in double figures in each of
their last two contests, the Magic had six in Sunday’s game. DeShawn
Stevenson tallied 12 points, as the Magic shot 59.7 percent from the field,
including a spectacular 13-of-18 in the final quarter. Orlando defeated the
Philadelphia 76ers, 102-86, at the Wachovia Center on Friday to snap a
franchise-record 16-game road losing streak. Despite Sunday’s victory,
the Magic are still in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference, 5 1/2
games behind Philadelphia for the final playoff spot. Al Harrington scored
20 points for the Hawks, losers of four straight and eight of their last
nine games. Joe Johnson tallied 19 points, Josh Childress scored 18, and Zaza
Pachulia finished with 16 points and 12 boards.

Final Score: New Jersey 79, Detroit 74

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 22 points as New
Jersey held on to defeat Detroit, 79-74, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Carter
added seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who won their eighth
consecutive game. Nenad Krstic scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards.
Richard Jefferson tallied 14 points, while Jason Kidd offset a low scoring
performance (seven points) with a season-high 14 rebounds. Rip Hamilton
scored 19 points for the Pistons, who were held to their lowest point total
of the season. Tayshaun Prince and Tony Delk each scored 12 points.
Antonio McDyess scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, his highest total
since the 2001 season. Chauncey Billups struggled, scoring just nine
points, all in the fourth quarter. Detroit saw its impressive 16-game home
winning streak come to an end.

Final Score: Golden State 90, Sacramento 83

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Adonal Foyle scored 18 points as Golden
State downed Sacramento, 90-83, at ARCO Arena. Mike Dunleavy and Derek
Fisher scored 17 points apiece for the Warriors, who won their second
straight. Jason Richardson scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while
Troy Murphy added 13 rebounds. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 24 points and
grabbed nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped two of three. Mike
Bibby scored 22 points, while Ron Artest scored 11 points. Kenny Thomas added
11 boards. The Kings hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference, two games
ahead of the Hornets. Sacramento, which never led in the contest, had a 14-
game winning streak on its home court snapped. The last time Sacramento
lost in front of its fans was on January 8 to the Indiana Pacers.

Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Portland 83

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 30 points and grabbed 11
rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers,
97-83, at the Rose Garden. Corey Maggette tallied 19 points for the Clippers,
who ended a two game losing streak on the road. Sam Cassell scored 12
points, while Chris Kaman pulled down 10 boards. Travis Outlaw tied a
season-high with 19 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost their eighth
game in a row. Jarrett Jack scored 16 points and Juan Dixon tallied 15. Brian
Skinner added 10 boards.

Final Score: Seattle 106, San Antonio 102

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 33 points, and drilled the go-
ahead three-pointer with 5.4 seconds left to boost Seattle to a 106-102
victory over San Antonio. Allen ended 13-of-23 from the field, including 5-
of-6 from three-point range, for the SuperSonics, who blew a seven-point lead
with over three minutes left, only to beat the Spurs for the third time in the
last 13 meetings. Luke Ridnour tallied 19 points and Rashard Lewis added 16
for the Sonics, who have alternated wins and losses in their last seven
games. Lewis also hit three key free throws in the closing seconds to preserve
the victory. Tim Duncan totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs,
who fell into a first-place tie with Dallas for the best record in the
Western Conference. Tony Parker added 17 points and 12 assists for San
Antonio, which lost for just the second time in its last eight games.

Final Score: LA Lakers 105, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 94

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and grabbed
five rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the New Orleans/Oklahoma City
Hornets a 105-94 defeat at Staples Center. Lamar Odom added 23 points and
eight boards while much maligned Kwame Brown enjoyed a good evening for a
change as he scored 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting for the Lakers, who have now
won their last four contests. David West scored 23 points and snatched 10
boards while Chris Paul dropped 17 points and P.J. Brown added 13 for the
Hornets, who have now lost 11 of their last 12 games and find themselves two
games behind Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western
Conference.