Thursday , Mar , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Al Harrington scored 23 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Indiana Pacers 94-93 at
Philips Arena. Harrington missed a pair of key free throws in the final
seconds, but Atlanta held on to end a five-game losing streak. Zaza Pachulia
had 17 points and nine boards for the Hawks, who swept the Pacers in the
four-game season series for the first time since 1984-85. Peja Stojakovic had
31 points and Jermaine O’Neal was held to 13 points with seven boards for the
Pacers, who have dropped three of four and fell into sole possession of
seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race — one-half game behind
idle Milwaukee.

Final Score: Cleveland 107, Dallas 94

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 46 points on 16-of-23
shooting as Cleveland bested Dallas, 107-94, and clinched their first
postseason birth since 1998 at Quicken Loans Arena. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added
13 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won their sixth consecutive
outing. Donyell Marshall chipped in with 12 points off the bench in the win.
Dirk Nowitzki tallied 29 points for the Mavericks, who have lost two
consecutive games and fell 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio for first place in
the Southwest Division and the Western Conference. Jerry Stackhouse recorded
23 points while Jason Terry had 17 in the loss.

Final Score: Miami 98, Toronto 94

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had a game-high 37 points to
lead the Miami Heat to a 98-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Air
Canada Centre. Antoine Walker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Udonis Haslem
added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who have won their last three
games. Miami was without the services of center Shaquille O’Neal, who sat
out the game with a hyper-extended knee. His status is listed as day-to-day.
The Heat are in solid control of the Southeast Division and lead the
Washington Wizards by 10 1/2 games. The team currently holds the second spot
in the Eastern Conference playoff race and trails Detroit by nine games for
the top spot. Morris Peterson had 28 points and Mike James added 19 points
and 12 assists for the Raptors, who have dropped their last two games.

Final Score: Detroit 101, Philadelphia 91

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess each
scored 18 points as Detroit rolled to a 101-91 victory over the struggling
Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center. Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince
each tallied 16 points for the Pistons, who remained nine games in front of
the Miami Heat for home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 28 points and five assists while battling
through foul trouble. Chris Webber scored 23 points, while Kyle Korver added
13 off the bench. Philadelphia lost its third straight game and for the 10th
time in its last 12 games. The Sixers’ lead for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference dwindled to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago Bulls.

Final Score: New Jersey 86, Memphis 74

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson scored 27 points
and grabbed nine rebounds as New Jersey beat Memphis, 86-74, at Continental
Airlines Arena. Vince Carter scored 23 points, while Nenad Krstic scored
14 points for the Nets, who won their 10th straight game. The Nets currently
hold a 10-game lead over Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division
and occupy the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Pau Gasol scored 21
points for the Grizzlies, who lost their second straight game. Bobby Jackson
added 18 points. Memphis is currently the sixth seed in the Western
Conference playoff race, and is 2-3 in its last five road games.

Final Score: Boston 123, New York 98

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak each scored
22 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 123-98 thumping of the New York
Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Delonte West added 21 points and Ryan Gomes
had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who ended a two game slide
and won for just the second time in five games. Raef LaFrentz and Tony Allen
tallied 14 points piece for Boston, which pulled within three games of the
eighth-place Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Eddy Curry had 20 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who have dropped six
straight and lost for the 51st time this season.

Final Score: Minnesota 103, Orlando 91

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett poured in 27 points, pulled
down 19 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Minnesota to a 103-91 win
over Orlando at the Target Center. Ricky Davis added 26 points and dished
out 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who won their second consecutive game
and for the fourth time in their past six contests. Dwight Howard paced
for the Magic, which lost for the first time in five games, with 15 points
and 12 boards. Hedo Turkoglu also netted 15 points for Orlando while Tony
Battie had 14 points and Darko Milicic had 12 in the loss.

Final Score: Houston 115, Seattle 87

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming posted 29 points and 10 rebounds as
Houston routed Seattle, 115-87, at the Toyota Center. Stromile Swift and
Richie Frahm came off the bench to score 16 points apiece for the Rockets,
who have won two of three. Luther Head scored 14 points, while Juwan
Howard had 13. Earl Watson scored 20 points for the SuperSonics, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped. Chris Wilcox scored 16 points, while Mike
Wilks had 12.

Final Score: Utah 115, Denver 104

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur scored 24 points as Utah kept its
playoff hopes alive with a 115-104 victory over Denver at the Pepsi Center.
Andrei Kirilenko had an impressive night, posting 21 points, nine rebounds,
seven blocks and four assists for the Jazz, who moved 5 1/2 games behind
Denver for the Northwest Division lead and remained 1 1/2 games behind
Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Kings defeated Portland on Wednesday, 106-90. Matt Harpring tallied 18
points, while Carlos Boozer and Jarron Collins each had 15 for Utah. Boozer
also added seven boards and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony had a game-high
31 points for the Nuggets, who have lost two in a row after winning three
straight. Andre Miller scored 19 points and dished out 12 assists. Ruben
Patterson added 18 points. Eduardo Najera returned to the lineup after
missing four games with a sore right knee, finishing with two points in
over three minutes of action. Denver was without the services of Marcus
Camby, who is day-to-day with a lower back strain.

Final Score: Sacramento 106, Portland 90

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Brad Miller dropped in 24 points on 8-of-15
shooting from the floor, as the Sacramento Kings easily defeated the Portland
Trail Blazers, 106-90, at the Rose Garden. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 21 points
on 8-of-11 shooting from the field off the bench for the Kings, who won for
the first time in three games. Mike Bibby netted 19 points and was 4-of-5
from beyond the arc while Ron Artest chipped in 11 points and dished out six
assists. The Kings shot 51.3 percent from the floor for the game and shot 12-
of-18 from long distance.Viktor Khryapa paced the Trail Blazers with 18
points, as Portland extended its season-high losing streak to nine games.
Steve Blake scored 17 points and Zach Randolph finished with 14 points and
seven rebounds.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 86, Golden State 85

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Rasual Butler scored 20 points as New
Orleans/Oklahoma City edged Golden State, 86-85, at the Arena in Oakland.
Chris Paul scored 18 points for the Hornets, who snapped a four-game losing
streak. Marc Jackson scored 16 points, while P.J. Brown had 12. Aaron Williams
added 10 points. Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy scored 19 points apiece
for the Warriors, who have dropped two straight. Derek Fisher scored 16
points, while Troy Murphy added 12 points and 12 rebounds.