Tuesday , Apr , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson dropped in 26 points and
dished out 15 assists, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Washington
Wizards, 105-97, at the Wachovia Center. Steven Hunter started in place of
the injured Chris Webber and poured in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds
for the Sixers, who with two straight wins moved a half-game ahead of idle
Chicago for eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Antawn
Jamison paced the Wizards with 37 points and eight boards, as
Washington dropped its third straight game. Gilbert Arenas netted 32 points
and dished out six assists, as the Wizards failed to clinch a playoff berth
and remain in fifth place in the East.

Final Score: Orlando 105, Atlanta 88

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard posted 20 points and 16 rebounds
to lead Orlando to a 105-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Howard also
recorded a career-best six assists in the effort, as the Magic posted their
10th straight win at home and their fifth overall to keep their slim playoff
hopes alive. The Magic, who have five games remaining, are three games behind
Philadelphia for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, but Chicago is
also ahead of Orlando. The Hawks, now 29 games under .500, were paced by Al
Harrington with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, followed by Josh
Childress with 13 points. Joe Johnson and Tyronn Lue both contributed 12
points, Marvin Williams had 11 and Esteban Batista scored 10 and had a team-
high 10 boards in the setback.

Final Score: Indiana 101, New York 82

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his team-high
28 points in the second half to lead the Indiana Pacers over the New York
Knicks, 101-82, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Peja Stojakovic added 23 points,
scoring 15 over the final 24 minutes, for Indiana, which ended a two-game
slide and won for just the second time in nine contests. Austin Croshere
recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who pulled into a
tie for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the idle
Milwaukee Bucks. Jamal Crawford, whose jumper with .5 seconds remaining
last Friday gave the Knicks a 98-96 win over the Pacers at Madison Square
Garden, ended with 26 points and seven assists for New York. Eddy Curry
added 12 points and Steve Francis tallied 11 for the Knicks, who had a three-
game winning streak halted.

Final Score: Cleveland 103, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 101

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – LeBron James hit the game-winning basket
with 0.5 seconds left to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 103-101 victory
over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center. James finished
the game with 32 points and six assists and Ronald Murray added 25 points for
the Cavaliers, who have won two straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
Donyell Marshall had 16 points and seven boards for Cleveland, which has the
fourth spot in the Eastern Conference all wrapped up. Chris Paul had 22
points and eight rebounds and Speedy Claxton and David West each chipped in
with 14 points for the Hornets, who have dropped their last two contests and
now stand 3 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference with five games to play.

Final Score: Utah 85, Houston 83

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer finished with a team-high
25 points, hitting 1-of-2 free throws with 4.3 seconds to play to secure
an 85-83 win for Utah over Houston. The Rockets, who lost Yao Ming to a broken
bone in his foot in the first half, looked as if they had won the game at
the end, but referee Joe Crawford confirmed a video replay that Juwan
Howard’s three-pointer came after the buzzer had sounded. Boozer, who
converted 7-of-8 chances at the stripe, added six rebounds and four steals
for Utah, winners of three in a row. The Jazz moved within 2 1/2 games of
Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are tied for seventh in the
Western Conference. The Jazz have five games remaining in the regular
season, three of which are on the road. Yao finished with five points in
just over eight minutes of work, leaving Howard to pace the visitors with
25 points. As the only Houston player to convert a three-point basket (3-
of-7), Rafer Alston dropped in 22 points in the losing effort, Houston’s
fifth defeat in six contests.

Final Score: Denver 110, Portland 98

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 28 points
in leading the Denver Nuggets to a 110-98 victory over the Portland Trail
Blazers at the Rose Garden. With the victory Denver captured the Northwest
crown and locked themselves into the third spot in the Western Conference
standings for the playoffs. Marcus Camby and Ruben Patterson both tallied
21 points, with the former clearing a game-high 13 rebounds as well.
DerMarr Johnson came off the bench to contribute 13 points and Andre Miller
accounted for 10 and a game-high nine assists in the win. Voshon Lenard
scored a season-high 21 points in a reserve role for Portland, matching
the output of Sebastian Telfair, who eventually fouled out. Travis Outlaw
dropped in 14 points, while Martell Webster and Zach Randolph chipped in 12
and 11 points, respectively.

Final Score: Dallas 75, LA Clippers 73

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki sank a long jumper with less
than a second remaining to lift the Dallas Mavericks over the Los Angeles
Clippers, 75-73, at the Staples Center. Nowitzki totaled 20 points and 14
rebounds while Jason Terry netted 15 for Dallas, which won its fifth
straight contest and now stand a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for
first place in the Southwest Division and the top spot in the Western
Conference. Chris Kaman led all scorers with 22 points and also gathered 12
boards for the Clippers, who have lost three straight and now share an
identical record with Memphis in a tussle for the Western Conference’s No. 5
seed. Elton Brand had 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.