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NBA Game Recap – Wed. April 12, 2006

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon netted 19 points and had five
rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 96-90, at Philips
Arena. Kirk Hinrich added 17 points while Mark Sweetney had 15 and five
boards for Chicago, which remains in the eighth spot in the Eastern
Conference playoff race, holding the tiebreaker over Philadelphia. The
Sixers defeated New Jersey, 116-96, on Wednesday. Andres Nocioni posted a
double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won two
straight and six of their last seven games overall. Josh Smith netted 22
points and had five rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped three straight.

Final Score: Orlando 103, Toronto 96

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson poured in a game-high 27 points and dished out seven assists in leading the Orlando Magic to a 103-96 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points and seven assists for Orlando, which posted its season-high sixth straight win and its 10th in 11 outings. DeShawn Stevenson chipped in 10 points, as the Magic won their 11th straight game at home. Morris Peterson paced the Raptors in defeat with 23 points and eight rebounds. Mike James turned in 21 points in the loss, while Charlie Villanueva had 19 points and six boards. Toronto has now dropped a season-high 10 straight games.

Final Score: Indiana 117, Boston 112

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and finished with seven assists to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Boston Celtics, 117-112, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Peja Stojakovic added 25 points and seven boards for the Pacers, who have won three of their last five games. With the victory, the Pacers now trail Washington by just one game for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference while remaining tied with Milwaukee for the sixth spot. The Bucks beat the Wizards on Tuesday. Paul Pierce netted a game-high 30 points while Gerald Green added 22 off the bench for the Celtics, losers in three of their last four.

Final Score: Philadelphia 116, New Jersey 96

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson poured in 40 points and added 10 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena. Chris Webber had 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Kyle Korver added 12 points for the Sixers, who have won three straight, but are still tied with Chicago for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls defeated Atlanta and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Sixers. Both teams have four games remaining. Vince Carter had 21 points and six assists and Nenad Krstic contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who have dropped two straight and three of their last four. New Jersey has the Atlantic Division wrapped up and with four games to play trails Miami by four games for second in the East.

Final Score: Memphis 96, Charlotte 88

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Eddie Jones scored 16 points as Memphis beat Charlotte, 96-88, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Chucky Atkins, Pau Gasol and Mike Miller scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who have won five of six. Lorenzen Wright added 12 points and six rebounds. Gerald Wallace scored 17 points and added nine boards for the Bobcats, who have lost two of three. Matt Carroll scored 14 points, while Primoz Brezec scored 13 and grabbed nine boards. Melvin Ely added 12 points. Memphis still leads the Los Angles Clippers by 1/2 game for No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff race, after LA beat Portland, 97-93, later Wednesday.

Final Score: Milwaukee 100, Washington 97

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd hit a turn-around jumper with 19.9 seconds left and T.J. Ford came up with a critical steal with just two ticks remaining as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards, 100-97, at the Bradley Center. Redd ended with 24 points and Ford had 16 points and six assists for the Bucks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and pulled within one game of Washington for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Andrew Bogut added 17 points for Milwaukee, which also remains tied with Indiana for the sixth spot in the conference. The Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics, 117-112, earlier on Wednesday night. Gilbert Arenas had 25 points and six assists for the Wizards, who have lost four in a row. Antonio Daniels added 21 points and six assists and Jared Jeffries had 20 points and eight boards for Washington, which has just four games left in the regular season.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 104, Seattle 99

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Paul scored 21 points and dished out six assists in leading the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets to a 104-99 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Marc Jackson added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who pulled within two games of Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Desmond Mason also notched a double-double in the win with 17 points and 10 boards, while Speedy Claxton and Kirk Snyder each chipped in 10 points. Ray Allen guided Seattle in defeat with a game-high 36 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Rashard Lewis turned in 20 points, as the SuperSonics dropped their second game in a row.

Final Score: Detroit 96, Cleveland 73

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds as six Pistons scored in double figures in a 96-73 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each scored 14 points for Detroit, which tied a franchise-record with 63 wins in a season. LeBron James led all-scorers with 22 points for the Cavs, who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to a crashing halt. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the only other Cleveland player to score in double-figures with 10 points. James left the game with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. X-rays after the game were negative. James will be evaluated Thursday in Cleveland and is listed as doubtful for Thursday nights game against the New York Knicks.

Final Score: Minnesota 82, Houston 79

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Mark Blount scored 16 points as Minnesota downed Houston, 82-79, at the Toyota Center. Marcus Banks netted 15 points for the Timberwolves, who have won two of three. Justin Reed and Bracey Wright scored 13 points apiece. Rafer Alston scored 17 points for the Rockets, who have dropped six of seven. Juwan Howard scored 15 points, while Stromile Swift had 13. Chuck Hayes added 10 rebounds.

Final Score: Utah 104, Denver 83

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer netted 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as the Utah Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets, 104-83, at the Delta Center. Mehmet Okur contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who have won four straight games. Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams each scored 14 points in the win. The win moved Utah to within 1 1/2 games behind idle Sacramento for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz have four games remaining, including three on the road, while the Kings have just three left, the last two of which will be at home. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points with five rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets, who had a three-game winning streak halted.

Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Portland 93

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand scored 25 points as the Los Angeles Clippers downed Portland, 97-93, at the Staples Center. Sam Cassell notched 19 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Chris Kaman posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley added 13 points. Jarrett Jack tied his season high of 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who dropped their fourth straight. Viktor Khryapa scored 14 points, while Martell Webster and Theo Ratliff added 11 points apiece. Los Angeles is still one-half game behind Memphis in the battle for the Western Conference’s No. 5 seed, after the Grizzlies beat Charlotte 96-88 earlier Wednesday.

Final Score: Golden State 114, Dallas 102

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 25 points as Golden State ended a nine-game losing streak with a 114-102 victory over Dallas at The Arena. Ike Diogu scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Warriors, who took three of four games from Dallas this season. Monta Ellis had a career-high 17 points, while Troy Murphy added 16. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 29 points for the Mavericks, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end and fell 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the top seed in the Western Conference. Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse scored 18 and 16 points, respectively. Nowitzki also contributed 10 boards.