Saturday , Apr , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa led seven Suns in double-
figures with a career-high 28 points, and Steve Nash added 20 points and
dished out 10 assists, as Phoenix downed Toronto, 140-126, in a high-octane
contest from the Air Canada Centre. Boris Diaw posted 26 points, eight
rebounds and nine assists, while Shawn Marion contributed 21 points and 12
rebounds. Tim Thomas, who spent much of the season in street clothes with
Chicago, donated 16 points off the bench, while Raja Bell tallied 15 points
and James Jones sprang for 14. Morris Peterson poured in a career-high 38
points and Mike James hit for 36 points and added 10 assists in Toronto’s
third straight defeat. Andre Barrett, on his second 10-day contract with
the Raptors, scored 15 points while Pape Sow scored a career-high 13 points
and pulled down a career-high 15 boards in the loss.

Final Score: New Jersey 91, Atlanta 88

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter tipped in his own miss with 42.6
seconds left, as the Nets won their season-high 11th straight game and
clinched a playoff spot with a 91-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Richard
Jefferson had 27 points and nine rebounds, while Carter tallied 26 points
and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which secured its fifth
consecutive postseason appearance. Jason Kidd added 11 points and scored
New Jersey’s final five points on free throws, as the Nets reduced their
magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division to two. Joe Johnson scored 22
points and dished out eight assists for the Hawks, who lost for the 10th
time in 12 games. Josh Smith added 17 points, while Al Harrington
contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Atlanta, which lost
to the Nets for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings.

Final Score: Orlando 108, Dallas 99

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson scored 27 points on 10-of-15
shooting for the Orlando Magic, who downed the Dallas Mavericks, 108-99, at
TD Waterhouse Centre.Hedo Turkoglu added 25 points and five rebounds while
Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for the
Magic, who have now won five of their last six contests and their last seven
home games. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 38 points and pulled down 15
rebounds for the Mavericks, who have now dropped a season-high three
straight games. Jason Terry chipped in 23 points and Jerry Stackhouse
added 14 points and five assists for Dallas, which now finds itself
trailing idle San Antonio by 2 1/2 games in the Southwest Division.

Final Score: Philadelphia 117, New York 112

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 47 points, dished out
nine assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the
New York Knicks, 117-112, at Madison Square Garden. Chris Webber added a
season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who ended a
three-game losing streak and continue to hold the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference. Nate Robinson had a career-high 34 points for
the Knicks, whose current losing streak reached seven games. Eddy Curry had
21 points and nine boards for New York, which blew a double-digit lead and
lost for the ninth time in 11 outings.

Final Score: Chicago 113, Charlotte 105

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Andres Nocioni posted 24 points and 11
rebounds as Chicago beat Charlotte, 113-105, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Luol
Deng scored 21 points for the Bulls, who have won three of four. Chris Duhon
scored 19 points, and Mike Sweetney scored 12. Kirk Hinrich added 11
points. Jumaine Jones scored 28 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped four
of five. Gerald Wallace notched 26 points and 12 boards, while Raymond
Felton had 15 points and 10 assists and Brevin Knight had 15 points and
nine assists. Bernard Robinson added 10 points. Chicago is still 1 1/2 games
behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
East, as the Sixers concurrently beat the Knicks.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 107, Memphis 102

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Marc Jackson scored a season-high 24
points and grabbed seven rebounds, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-102, at the Ford Center. Chris
Paul scored 21 points, snatched seven rebounds and dished out five
assists while Linton Johnson scored 16 points and Rasual Butler added 15 for
the Hornets, who remain two games behind eighth place Sacramento for the
final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Bobby Jackson scored a game-
high 26 points off the bench while Shane Battier totaled 24 points and 10
boards for the Grizzlies, who now trail the Los Angeles Clippers by two
games for the fifth spot in the West.

Final Score: Detroit 112, Milwaukee 105

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton each
scored 25 points, as the Pistons inched closer to clinching the No. 1 seed for
the playoffs in the Eastern Conference by rallying from an 18-point deficit
for a 112-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rasheed Wallace posted 21 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which has a
commanding 9 1/2 game lead on Miami for securing home court throughout the
Eastern Conference postseason. Antonio McDyess tallied 18 points, while
Chauncey Billups contributed 12 points and 11 assists for the Pistons, who
moved to 32-3 at the Palace this season. Michael Redd’s 37 points topped
the Bucks, who failed to take advantage of scoring the first 15 points of the
game. They hold the sixth spot in the East, a half game ahead of Indiana.
Charlie Bell added 16 points and Maurice Williams ended with 15 points and
eight assists for Milwaukee.

Final Score: Houston 105, Washington 103

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming tied a season high with 38 points
and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets over the
Washington Wizards, 105-103, at the Toyota Center. Luther Head added 20
points and seven boards and Rafer Alston had 19 points and eight assists
for the Rockets, who have won two straight and three of four. Antawn
Jamison had 28 points and nine rebounds, but missed a potential game-
winning three-pointer as time expired, as the Wizards had a two-game win
streak halted. Gilbert Arenas added 27 points and 11 assists for Washington,
which maintained its 1 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the fifth
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks lost to the Detroit
Pistons 112-105 on Friday night.

Final Score: Denver 106, Minnesota 94

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points as Denver beat
Minnesota, 106-94, at the Pepsi Center. Andre Miller notched 16 points and
eight assists for the Nuggets, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ruben
Patterson scored 14 points, while Kenyon Martin had 11 points. Marcus
Camby and Reggie Evans grabbed 11 rebounds apiece. Howard Eisley scored a
season-high nine points. The Nuggets are in first place in the Northwest
Division and are No. 3 in the Western Conference playoff race. With Utah
losing Friday, Denver is six and 1/2 games ahead of the Jazz in the
division.Kevin Garnett posted 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 29th
straight double- double – the longest mark since 1983 when Moses Malone
notched 44 in a row. Ricky Davis scored 21 points for the Timberwolves,
who had their two-game winning streak broken. Marcus Banks scored 17 points,
and Mark Blount scored 15. Rashad McCants added 10 points.

Final Score: LA Clippers 106, Utah 91

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand and Sam Cassell each scored 22
points, as the Los Angeles Clippers clinched their first winning season in
over a decade with a 106-91 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center.
Chris Kaman had a solid outing with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers
(42-29), who are ensured of finishing above .500 for the first time since
1991-92 (45-37). Vladimir Radmanovic tallied 14 points and Corey Maggette
scored 13 for Los Angeles, which is 1 1/2 games ahead of Memphis for the fifth
spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers have won nine of their last 13
overall and beat Utah in two of the three meetings this season. It’s the
first time the Clippers have beaten the Jazz in the season series in 20 years.
Mehmet Okur had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which had its two-game
winning streak broken and fell 2 1/2 games behind Sacramento for the
playoff slot in the West.

Final Score: Sacramento 96, Golden State 93

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Bonzi Wells totaled 22 points and pulled down
eight rebounds, as the Sacramento Kings claimed further command of the eighth
playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 96-93 victory over Golden State
at The Arena in Oakland. Mike Bibby added 21 points, Ron Artest and Brad
Miller each donated 17 points and Kenny Thomas compiled 10 points and nine
rebounds for Sacramento, which won its second straight contest. The win,
coupled with Utah’s loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, gives the Kings a
2 1/2 game advantage over the Jazz in the race for the final playoff spot
in the Western Conference. Mike Dunleavy sprang for 24 points and
Jason Richardson scored 17 for Golden State, which dropped its third
consecutive contest. Mickael Pietrus donated 16 points and Derek Fisher
added 13 in the loss.

Final Score: LA Lakers 106, Seattle 93

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 43 points and
grabbed five rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Seattle
SuperSonics, 106-93, at Key Arena. Kwame Brown scored 12 points and grabbed
13 rebounds while Lamar Odom chipped in 12 points and 10 boards for the
Lakers, who have now won five of their last six games. Smush Parker tallied 10
points and dished out seven assists for LA, which finds itself 2 1/2 games
behind Memphis for sixth place in the Western Conference. Ray Allen scored a
team-high 29 points and snatched eight rebounds while Chris Wilcox totaled 16
points and seven rebounds for the Sonics, who have now lost back-to-back