Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James continued his sizzling play by
dropping 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting as Cleveland easily bested
Philadelphia, 124-91, for its season’s best ninth consecutive victory at
Quicken Loans Arena. Drew Gooden added 23 points for the Cavaliers, who are
in the fourth position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Flip Murray
contributed 16 points, while Donyell Marshall had 12 points in the win.Allen
Iverson netted a game-high 38 points for the Sixers, who snapped a modest
two-game winning streak. The Sixers remain in the eighth position of the
Eastern Conference playoff race with a tenuous half-game advantage over
Chicago. Chris Webber recorded 21 points while Kyle Korver had 11 in the loss.
The Sixers will play the Bulls in two of their next three games.

Final Score: Boston 124, Toronto 120

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce scored 22 points, including 18-
of-24 free throws, for the Boston Celtics, who beat the Toronto Raptors,
124-120, at Air Canada Centre. Wally Szczerbiak also tallied 22 points and
Raef LaFrentz added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who,
coupled with Philadelphia’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, find themselves
3 1/2 games behind the 76ers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference. Morris Peterson scored a game-high 32 points, grabbed eight
rebounds and dished out six assists while Mike James scored 25 points and
Matt Bonner added 16 for the Raptors, who have now lost their last five games.

Final Score: Washington 105, New York 90

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison scored 18
points apiece, as Washington downed New York, 105-90, at the Verizon Center.
Etan Thomas, Jared Jeffries and Gilbert Arenas each scored 13 points for the
Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Antonio Daniels added 12 points
and Arenas also dished out 13 assists for Washington, which widened its lead
to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jackie Butler scored a season-high 22 points for the Knicks, who suffered
their ninth straight loss. Steve Francis scored 15 points and Jamal Crawford
added 14 points, but the Knicks committed a season-high 28 turnovers.

Final Score: New Jersey 96, Atlanta 94

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter netted 27 points and
pulled down nine rebounds as New Jersey won its 13th in a row by edging
Atlanta, 96-94, at Continental Airlines Arena. The Nets clinched the Atlantic
Division title following Philadelphia’s loss at Cleveland on Tuesday and then
barely beat the Hawks. Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic each added 17
points for the Nets, who will attempt to tie a franchise record with a 14th
straight win over Charlotte on Thursday. Jason Kidd recorded 11 points and
dished out 13 assists in the win. Joe Johnson had a game-high 33 points
for the Hawks, who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine
games. Donta Smith added 13 points off the bench while Anthony Grundy
contributed 11 points in the loss.

Final Score: Charlotte 97, Minnesota 92

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight posted a team-high 24 points,
leading four players in double figures, as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the
Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-92. Knight added eight assists, matching
teammate Raymond Felton in that department, as the Bobcats snapped a two-
game slide. Felton hit for 17 points. Primoz Brezec and Matt Carroll each
added 14 points for the Bobcats. Gerald Wallace collected a team-best nine
rebounds to make up for 3-of-11 shooting from the floor. The Timberwolves had
their road losing streak extended to 12 in a row, tying a franchise-record.
They were paced again by Kevin Garnett who recorded his third 20-20 game
of the campaign with 24 points and a season-high 22 rebounds. Garnett, who
scored just five points in the second half, converted 8-of-21 from the
floor. Ricky Davis accounted for 20 points, Trenton Hassell 13, while Rashad
McCants and Justin Reed chipped in with 10 points each in the setback.

Final Score: Miami 115, Milwaukee 89

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal scored 24 points and pulled down
10 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 115-89 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks at
American Airlines Arena. Dwyane Wade totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and
eight assists, as the Heat snapped a two-game skid, but won for the 19th
time in their last 24 games. Udonis Haslem posted 17 points for Miami.
Antoine Walker and Derek Anderson each added 14 points, while Gary Payton
scored 13 in the victory. Miami, which shot 61.6 percent from the field,
holds a 3 1/2 game lead on New Jersey for the second-best record in the
Eastern Conference. Charlie Bell came off the bench for a career-high 29
points for the Bucks, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Washington for the fifth
spot in the East. Michael Redd was limited to 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting
for Milwaukee, which also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Toni Kukoc.

Final Score: Detroit 101, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 93

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Antonio McDyess scored his most points as
a Piston, totaling 26 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds, as Detroit
defeated New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 101-93, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Chauncey Billups compiled 22 points and dished out 11 assists, Tayshaun Prince
tallied 18 points and Richard Hamilton donated 13 points in the Pistons’ fifth
consecutive victory. Chris Paul continued his tremendous rookie campaign
with 24 points and 10 assists while David West contributed 24 points in the
loss. Marc Jackson added 10 points, as the Hornets had their three-game
winning streak halted. More significantly, the Hornets stayed two games behind
Sacramento in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference. The Kings lost to Dallas, 127-101, on Tuesday night.

Final Score: Memphis 100, Golden State 75

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Chucky Atkins tallied a game-high 22 points and
handed out five assists in leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-75 win over
the Golden State Warriors from the FedExForum. Pau Gasol chipped in 16
points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies in their
second straight victory. Memphis remained a game behind the fifth-place
Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference. Jake Tsakalidis recorded 11
points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Bobby Jackson contributed 10 points
for Memphis. The Warriors, losers of five in a row, were led by Derek
Fisher with 17 points. Troy Murphy added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while
Ike Diogu chipped in 10 points.

Final Score: Chicago 102, Indiana 96

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 16 of his game-high 23
points in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls rally from 17 down and
topple the Indiana Pacers, 102-96, at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich
dropped in 15 points and Andres Nocioni posted a double-double with 14
points and 12 rebounds for Chicago, which won its third game in a row and is
now just a half-game back of Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls’ next two games are against the
76ers, who fell to Cleveland on Tuesday. Stephen Jackson had a team-best 22
points on the night while Danny Granger chipped in 14 off the bench for
Indiana, which lost for the fifth straight time but still holds the seventh
spot in the Eastern Conference.

Final Score: Dallas 127, Sacramento 101

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points as Dallas shot a
sizzling 61.3 percent from the field and downed Sacramento, 127-101, at
American Airlines Center. Josh Howard scored 23 points for the Mavericks, who
won their second straight and posted a season-high for points in a game this
season. Jason Terry added 18 points, and Josh Powell posted a career-high
12 points. Marquis Daniels scored 11, while Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier
added 10 points apiece. Bonzi Wells scored 30 points for the Kings, who
had a three-game winning streak ended. Ron Artest scored 19 points, while
Mike Bibby and Kevin Martin added 11 points apiece. Dallas is still 2 1/2
games behind the Spurs for the top spot in the Southwest Division and the No.
1 seed in the Western Conference. The Mavericks play at San Antonio Friday
night.

Final Score: San Antonio 95, Utah 86

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 26 points,
including 4-of-6 from three-point range, as San Antonio held off Utah, 95-86,
at the Delta Center. Tony Parker scored 23 points and dished out eight assists
while Michael Finley added 13 points and Tim Duncan chipped in 11 points
and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who with the win remain 2 1/2 games ahead
of Dallas, which beat Sacramento on Tuesday, for the Southwest Division lead
and the overall lead in the Western Conference. Carlos Boozer scored 27
points and grabbed 17 boards and Matt Harpring added 21 points for the Jazz,
who stayed 2 1/2 games behind Sacramento in the race for the final playoff
spot in the Western Conference. Deron Williams tallied 14 points for Utah,
which has now lost two of its last three games.

Final Score: Seattle 104, Houston 87

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen tallied a game-high 32 points in
leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 104-87 win over the Houston Rockets.
Allen, who made 3-of-9 shots from beyond the arc, is now tied with Dale Ellis
for second on the all-time list for three-pointers made with 1,719 in his
career. Chris Wilcox held down the middle with 26 points and a career-high 24
rebounds, followed by Luke Ridnour and Rashard Lewis with 10 points apiece.
The Rockets were paced by Yao Ming with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Rafer
Alston added 16 points. Juwan Howard totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Final Score: LA Clippers 111, Denver 109

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Sam Cassell had 19 points and 10 assists as
the Los Angeles Clippers stormed back from down 20 at the half to edge the
Denver Nuggets, 111-109, at the Staples Center. Elton Brand totaled 18
points and 11 rebounds and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 18 as well off the
bench for Los Angeles, which remains a game up on Memphis for fifth place in
the Western Conference. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 24 points but
netted just four in the second half and was ejected from the game late in the
fourth quarter. DerMarr Johnson poured in 22 points and Marcus Camby added
19 for the Nuggets, who still sit comfortably ahead in the Northwest
Division and currently hold the No. 3 seed.