Saturday , Apr , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Mike James scored a career-high 39 points as
the Toronto Raptors snapped a 10-game skid with a 108-103 victory over the
Detroit Pistons at Air Canada Centre. James was a perfect 18-of-18 from
the free-throw line, a Raptors record and dished out six assists for
the Raptors, who hadn’t won since March 24 against Minnesota. Morris
Peterson sprang for 20 points and Charlie Villanueva added 15 points and
eight rebounds in the victory. Richard Hamilton had a team-best 16 points
while Chauncey Billups donated 15 points and 10 assists for Detroit, which
has already clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference and sat its
starters for most of the final 12 minutes.

Final Score: Charlotte 116, Atlanta 110

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Raymond Felton scored 27 points and dished out
eight assists to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 116-110 victory over the
Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Melvin Ely pitched in 21 points on 10-
of-13 shooting from the floor for Charlotte, which has won two of its last
three games. The Bobcats also got 17 points from Matt Carroll, 15 points
from Alan Anderson and 14 points from Primoz Brezec. Joe Johnson exploded for
35 points and nine assists for Atlanta, which has now lost four consecutive
games. Marvin Williams pitched in 22 points for the Hawks, while Tyronn
Lue contributed 19 points in a reserve role. Josh Smith posted 17 points and
10 rebounds in defeat, and Zaza Pachulia rounded out the double-digit scorers
with 12 points.

Final Score: New Jersey 79, Boston 74

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 15 points and dished out
six assists, as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 79-74, at TD
Banknorth Garden. Clifford Robinson added 14 points and eight rebounds off
the bench for the Nets, who ended a two-game losing streak. Richard Jefferson
donated 12 points, seven assists and six boards in the win. Paul Pierce
scored 22 points while grabbing six rebounds for the Celtics, losers in
four of their last five games. Ryan Gomes added 17 points and 14 boards in
defeat.

Final Score: Miami 104, Philadelphia 85

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Udonis Haslem netted a career-high 24 points and
pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Miami to an easy 104-85 win over Philadelphia
at AmericanAirlines Arena. Dwyane Wade recorded a team-high 25 points, six
rebounds and eights assists after missing the Heat’s last game with the
flu. Shaquille O’Neal added 15 points and 10 boards for Miami, which won
for the fourth time in six games and clinched the No. 2 Spot in
the Eastern Conference playoff race. Allen Iverson had a game-high 30
points for the 76ers, who snapped a three- game winning streak and fell one
full game behind Chicago for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern
Conference playoff hunt. Chicago bested Washington 103-101 on Friday
night.

Final Score: Milwaukee 97, New York 80

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored 23 points as Milwaukee
routed New York, 97-80, at Madison Square Garden. Andrew Bogut scored 18
points on 8-of-9 shooting for the Bucks, who won their second straight.
Bobby Simmons posted 15 points and 11 rebounds, while T.J. Ford had 14 points
and 10 assists. Joe Smith added 11 points. Maurice Taylor scored 22 points for
the Knicks, who lost their third straight. Eddy Curry scored 13 points, and
David Lee added 10. Milwaukee is now in a three-way tie for the fifth
seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race with Washington, which beat
Chicago 103-101 later Friday, and Indiana, which beat Minnesota 89-77
later Friday. At 22-57, New York owns the worst record in the Eastern
Conference.

Final Score: Indiana 89, Minnesota 77

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored a game-high 29
points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers inched closer to securing
a playoff berth with an 89-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Conseco
Fieldhouse. Stephen Jackson notched 17 points and dished out four assists
while Austin Croshere and Peja Stojakovic scored 11 points each for the
Pacers, who have won three straight games. With Washington’s loss to
Chicago, Indiana is in a three-way tie with the Wizards and Milwaukee
Bucks for the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and can
clinch a playoff berth with either a win over Charlotte or a 76ers loss to
Orlando on Saturday. Eddie Griffin paced Minnesota with 18 points and 12
boards and Marcus Banks added 15 for the Timberwolves, who have lost two of
their last three games. Mark Blount tossed in 12 points for Minnesota.

Final Score: Chicago 103, Washington 101

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 32 points, including an NBA
record-tying 9-for-9 from beyond the arc, to lead Chicago to a pivotal 103-101
victory over Washington at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points
and dished out eight assists while Andres Nocioni scored 17 points,
grabbed seven rebounds, and recorded five assists for the Bulls, who move
one game ahead of Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia lost to Miami 104-85 on Friday.
Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 36 points while Antonio Daniels tallied 20
points and eight assists for the Wizards, who have now lost five straight
games and now find themselves in a three-way tie with Milwaukee and Indiana
for the fifth spot in the East.

Final Score: Utah 105, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 104

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Andrei Kirilenko racked up 25 points,
nine rebounds, seven blocks and six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 105-104
triumph over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Carlos Boozer tallied 23
points for Utah, which is just one game back of Sacramento for the eighth
and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Jazz have now won five
straight games. David West poured in 31 points on 14-of-18 shooting from
the floor for the Hornets, and he also ripped down 12 rebounds. Kirk Snyder
and Speedy Claxton managed 15 points apiece in defeat, while Desmond Mason
contributed 13 points. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Chris Paul
with 11 points, but his Hornets have lost three of their last four contests
and fell three games back of Sacramento.

Final Score: LA Lakers 110, Portland 99

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant netted 50 points and in the
process set the Lakers’ franchise record for points in a season, as Los
Angeles defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-99, at the Staples Center.
Bryant came into the contest with 2,704 points on the season, but his 50
points helped him surpass Elgin Baylor’s franchise mark of 2,719, set during
the 1962-63 campaign. Not to be out done, Lamar Odom recorded his second
straight triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for the
Lakers, who have won three straight and nine of 12. The Lakers, who
currently sit in the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference, can
clinch a playoff spot with a win Sunday against Phoenix. Los Angeles did not
make the playoffs last season. Kwame Brown added 20 points and nine boards in
the win. Martell Webster netted 18 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers,
who have lost 15 games in a row on the road and five in a row overall.
Sebastian Telfair added 15 points and seven assists for Portland. The Trail
Blazers were without Darius Miles after the enigmatic forward was apparently
asked to leave the team and return to Portland. The action was taken after
Miles removed his uniform and changed into his street clothes at halftime of
team’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Final Score: Golden State 110, Phoenix 102

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 27 points, pulled down
nine rebounds and dished out five assists as Golden State toppled Phoenix,
110-102, at The Arena. Derek Fisher had 19 points, seven assists and five
steals for the Warriors, who have won two straight over playoff-bound
teams. Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points, while Monta Ellis and Zarko Cabarkapa
each added 12. Shawn Marion scored 31 points and grabbed 12 boards for the
Suns, who have already clinched the second seed in the Western
Conference. Reigning MVP Steve Nash did not play. Leandro Barbosa scored 20
points for Phoenix. Boris Diaw recorded a triple-double, with 11 points,
11 rebounds and 16 assists. Eddie House scored 15 points off the bench.

Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Seattle 97

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand posted 30 points and 15 rebounds
with three blocked shots as the Los Angeles Clippers mounted a second-half
comeback to defeat Seattle, 101-97, at Key Arena. Chris Kaman notched 20
points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won their second straight.
Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points, while Sam Cassell added 14 points. Ray Allen
scored 33 points for the SuperSonics, who lost their third straight. Rashard
Lewis and Earl Watson added 20 points apiece. The Clippers locked up at
least the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, and are now
tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the fifth seed.