Sunday , Apr , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 18 of his 37
points in the fourth quarter to lead Cleveland to a 108-102 win over New
Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena and halt the Nets winning streak at 14
games, one short of the team record. Drew Gooden added 16 points and nine
rebounds for the Cavaliers, who won for the 10th time in 11 outings and remain
firmly entrenched in the fourth spot of the Eastern Conference playoff
standings. Larry Hughes and Flip Murray each recorded 15 points while
Anderson Varejao had 11 in the win. Vince Carter netted 33 points for the
Nets, who fell 3 1/2 games back of the Miami Heat for the second spot in
the Eastern Conference playoff race. Richard Jefferson contributed 20 points
and 10 boards and Jason Kidd had 11 points and dished out 10 assists in the
loss.

Final Score: Miami 99, Washington 86

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal posted 27 points and 10
rebounds while Derek Anderson added 20 points, as Miami defeated Washington,
99-86, at the Verizon Center. O’Neal’s performance was a welcome sight to
the Heat, as was the offensive outburst by Anderson, who drained 5-of-10
from behind the arc in the victory. Gary Payton donated 13 points and eight
assists while Udonis Haslem also added 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Dwyane Wade totaled 11 points and also dished out eight assists for the Heat,
winners in two of their last three games. Miami also shared the ball well,
assisting on 28 of 38 made field goals. With the win, Miami increased its
hold on the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race to 3 1/2
games over New Jersey, which fell at home to Cleveland on Saturday. Gilbert
Arenas, a game after dumping 41 points on the Milwaukee Bucks, scored a game-
high 30 points while Antonio Daniels contributed a season-high 25 points
in the loss. No other Wizard reached double figures in the club’s second
straight defeat. The Wizards now hold just a two-game edge on Milwaukee for
the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Final Score: Philadelphia 89, Chicago 75

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 39 points on 12-of-29
shooting, as Philadelphia moved into a tie with Chicago for the eighth playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference with an 89-75 drubbing of the Bulls at the
United Center. Iverson finished 12-of-12 from the free throw line and
Samuel Dalembert contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds for Philadelphia,
which avenged a painful 99-92 home loss to Chicago on Wednesday that dropped
the 76ers out of the eighth playoff spot. Andre Iguodala added 10 points
and seven boards as Philadelphia brought a three-game losing streak to a
halt. The 76ers were without forward Chris Webber, who missed the game
because of a nagging back injury. Steven Hunter started in Webber’s place
and scored nine points with nine rebounds. Andres Nocioni paced the
Bulls with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Chris Duhon chipped in with 14
points as Chicago’s four-game winning streak came to an end. Chicago fell
short of winning a season high fifth straight game. Jannero Pargo added 10
points and Tyson Chandler grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.

Final Score: Dallas 101, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 77

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points, eight rebounds and
five assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 101-77 rout over the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at American Airlines Center. Jason Terry and
Josh Howard each netted 19 and Marquis Daniels added 13 for the Mavericks,
who have won four straight games. Howard also pulled down eight boards. Dallas
is a half game behind the idle San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the
Western Conference playoff race. Rasual Butler paced the Hornets with 14
points and seven boards and P.J. Brown posted 12 points and seven rebounds
in the loss, which snapped a two game winning streak. The Hornets and the
Utah Jazz are both 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento
Kings in the race for the final two postseason spots in the Western
Conference. Dallas dominated New Orleans/Oklahoma City in nearly every
category. The Mavs connected on 49 percent of their shots, including 7-
of-14 from beyond the arc, while the Hornets shot 44 percent from the
field. Dallas also outrebounded the Hornets, 48-30.

Final Score: Denver 95, Golden State 92

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points on 9-of-16
shooting as Denver downed Golden State, 95-92, at the Pepsi Center. Francisco
Elson scored 13 points while Ruben Patterson added 12 points and Greg
Buckner totaled 11 points and eight assists for the Nuggets, who with the win
clinched at least a share of the Northwest Division crown. Derek Fisher scored
19 points and dished out nine assists while Ike Diogu also tallied 19 points
and Mike Dunleavy added 18 points and 10 boards for the Warriors, who have
now dropped their last eight contests.

Final Score: Utah 110, Portland 93

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring led all scorers with 29
points as the Utah Jazz kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 110-93 win
over Portland at the Delta Center. Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points, nine
rebounds, seven blocks and five assists for the Jazz, who moved 2 1/2 games
behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings in the battle for the
final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. Utah is in a tie with New
Orleans/Oklahoma City on the outside looking in to the playoffs. Mehmet Okur
scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards for Utah. Carlos Boozer and Keith
McLeod each scored 11 points, while Harpring added a season-high six
assists. Zach Randolph scored 28 points and snatched nine rebounds for
the Trail Blazers, who lost their fourth straight game against Utah. Darius
Miles scored 13 points, Steve Blake had 12 and Sebastian Telfair added 10 off
the bench.