Monday , Apr , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince netted 17 points to lead
a balanced Detroit attack as the Pistons routed Indiana, 98-73, at The Palace
of Auburn Hills. Lindsey Hunter added a season-high 14 points and dished off
five assists for the Pistons, who won for the seventh time in their past
eight contests and have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. Ben Wallace contributed just four points but
pulled down a season-high 22 rebounds while Richard Hamilton had 12 points in
the win. Stephen Jackson tallied 15 points for the Pacers, who lost for
the seventh time in their past eight contests. Indiana remains in the No. 7
position in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, just one game ahead of
Chicago and Philadelphia.

Final Score: Charlotte 94, Toronto 88

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Brevin Knight netted 19 points and 10 assists
to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 94-88 win over the Toronto Raptors at the
Air Canada Centre. Jumaine Jones added 17 points and 11 boards and Primoz
Brezec added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who have won
two of their last three games. Mike James had a game-high 32 points and 10
assists and Matt Bonner added 14 points in the loss for the Raptors, who have
dropped their last eight games.

Final Score: New Jersey 95, Milwaukee 83

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd notched his 75th triple-double
with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as New Jersey downed Milwaukee,
95-83, at the Bradley Center. Vince Carter scored 25 points and grabbed 10
rebounds for the Nets, who have won 15 of 16. Nenad Krstic posted 20 points
and 11 rebounds. Richard Jefferson scored 19 points, and Jacque Vaughn added
eight points. Jason Collins grabbed nine boards. T.J. Ford scored 19 points
to pace the Bucks, who have dropped four in a row. Michael Redd and Charlie
Bell scored 16 points apiece, and Dan Gadzuric added eight boards. The Nets
are 2 1/2 games back of the Miami Heat for the second seed in the Eastern
Conference playoff race, after the Heat lost to Orlando, 93-84, later
on Sunday. The Bucks are No. 6 in the Eastern Conference playoff
race and still own a slim one-half game lead over the seventh-seeded
Indiana Pacers, who lost to Detroit, 98-73, earlier on Sunday.

Final Score: Minnesota 84, Atlanta 83

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Trenton Hassell hit a jumper with 1.9
seconds remaining to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 84-83 victory over
the Atlanta Hawks. Minnesota won despite the absence of All-Star forward
Kevin Garnett, who was held out of action because of tendinitis in his right
knee. Garnett’s league- leading streak of 351 consecutive starts came to an
end. Minnesota guard Ricky Davis also missed the game with a sprained groin.
He and Garnett account for 41.2 points per game. Rookie Rashad McCants
poured in a career-high 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor to
pace the Timberwolves, who also got 17 points from Mark Blount. Minnesota
snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta got 14 points apiece from Joe Johnson, Al
Harrington and Josh Smith. Zaza Pachulia pitched in 13 points for the Hawks,
who also got 11 points from Tyronn Lue. The Hawks had a two-game winning
streak broken, but lost for the 13th time in 17 contests.

Final Score: New York 101, Boston 86

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford poured in 31 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds as the New York Knicks dominated the fourth quarter to score
a 101-86 victory over the Celtics, dealing Boston a severe blow to its playoff
hopes. Nate Robinson added 12 points and Jackie Butler had 10 points for
New York, which has won three straight games on the heels of a nine-game skid.
Paul Pierce posted 19 points for Boston, which was outscored 31-10 in the
final quarter. Boston has lost two of its last three contests and is now
3 1/2 games behind Chicago and Philadelphia for the final playoff berth in the
Eastern Conference. The Celtics have just five games remaining. Tony Allen
had 18 points for the Celtics, who also got 17 points from Kendrick
Perkins and 14 points from Gerald Green.

Final Score: Orlando 93, Miami 84

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson scored 26 points to lead the
Orlando Magic to a 93-84 victory over the Miami Heat. Dwight Howard pitched
in 16 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which has won eight of its last
nine games. Hedo Turkoglu netted 14 points and DeShawn Stevenson added 11
points. Dwyane Wade posted 27 points and seven assists for Miami, which has
lost four of six games this month. Shaquille O’Neal added 16 points and nine
boards for the Heat, which also got 10 points from Udonis Haslem. Miami,
which lost its second straight home game for the first time since
February of 2004, remains 2 1/2 games ahead of New Jersey for the second spot
in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Orlando captured just its ninth road
win of the season (9-30), but the team still has slim playoff hopes. The
Magic are three games behind Chicago and Philadelphia for the final playoff
spot in the conference.

Final Score: San Antonio 83, Memphis 81

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 23 points, pulled down 12
rebounds, and altered Pau Gasol’s potential game-tying shot in the closing
seconds, as the Spurs held on for an 83-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Tony Parker added 19 points for San Antonio, which moved a game ahead of
Dallas for the top spot in the Western Conference and the Southwest Division.
The Spurs, despite playing without Manu Ginobili (left calf contusion),
avoided their first three-game skid since March 2005. Jake Tsakalidis had 15
points to lead Memphis, which clinched a playoff spot on Saturday following
a loss by the Hornets. Gasol ended with 14 points and eight turnovers, as the
Grizzlies remained entrenched in the sixth spot in the Western Conference, a
half-game behind the Clippers. Memphis had a three- game winning streak
broken and lost for just the fourth time in its last 14 games.

Final Score: Sacramento 86, Houston 77

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Brad Miller scored 30 points and grabbed 11
rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Houston Rockets, 86-77, at ARCO
Arena. Mike Bibby added 23 points and six assists, and Ron Artest had 15
points for the Kings, who have won three straight and six of seven to
remain tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for seventh in the Western Conference.
Juwan Howard had 22 points and eight boards and Yao Ming tallied 19 points and
12 rebounds for Houston, which lost for the fourth time in five outings.

Final Score: Seattle 116, Phoenix 114

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 30 points, which included the
game-winning three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, as Seattle came from
behind to down Phoenix, 116-114, at Key Arena. With under 30 seconds to play
in the fourth, Earl Watson drove the lane before passing out to Allen, who
was all alone in the left corner and the star guard nailed his attempt to seal
the win for the SuperSonics. Chris Wilcox added 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting
with 12 rebounds for Seattle, which won a season-best fourth straight game.
Rashard Lewis donated 21 points in the win. Raja Bell paced Phoenix with 23
points while Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw each netted 22 points in the Suns’
third loss in their last four games. Diaw also grabbed 12 rebounds. Phoenix,
though, still claimed its second straight Pacific Division title due to the
Clippers loss to the Lakers on Sunday. It was the first time in team history
the franchise has captured the division crown in consecutive seasons.

Final Score: LA Lakers 100, LA Clippers 83

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant poured in 38 points to lead the
playoff-hopeful Lakers over the Clippers, 100-83, in the battle for Los
Angeles at the Staples Center. Lamar Odom had a huge game with 23 points and
15 rebounds for the Lakers, who are tied with Sacramento for seventh in the
Western Conference. However, with four games remaining for both teams it’s
likely the Kings and Lakers will be in the playoffs. They are each three
games clear of the Jazz and Hornets, who both have six games left. Luke
Walton tallied 13 points for the Lakers, who won for the seventh time in 10
games. Sunday marked the start of five consecutive home games to end the
season for the Lakers, with upcoming contests against Golden State, Portland,
Phoenix and New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Sam Cassell and Elton Brand each
posted 24 points for the Clippers, who have already secured a playoff berth
and stand fifth in the conference, a half- game ahead of Memphis. Brand
also had 10 rebounds and Chris Kaman tallied 11 boards for the Clippers,
losers of two straight.