National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 41 points and put in the
winning layup with 5.7 seconds left, as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged
Washington, 97-96, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
James set a record for most points by a player in his first road playoff
contest. He shot 16-of-28 from the field to give the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead in
the best-of-seven series with Game 4 set for Sunday night at the Verizon
Center.It marked Cleveland’s first playoff road win in almost 11 years, when
the Cavs topped the New York Knicks on April 29, 1995 in Game 2 of a first-
round series. Larry Hughes tallied 16 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas totaled 15
points and eight rebounds before fouling out for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers.
Gilbert Arenas had 34 points for the Wizards, but missed a potential winning
three-pointer at the buzzer. Caron Butler had 20 points and 11 rebounds for
Washington, while Antawn Jamison finished with 14 points and 10 boards.
Final Score: Sacramento 94, San Antonio 93
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin’s layup at the buzzer gave
Sacramento a 94-93 win over San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference
quarterfinals at ARCO Arena, tightening the Spurs lead in the best-of-seven
series to 2-1. Game 4 of the series will be played on Sunday in Sacramento.
With just over five seconds left and the Spurs holding a one-point lead, Manu
Ginobili drove to his left to get off a shot with the shot clock winding down.
However, he was stripped by Mike Bibby, who pushed the ball ahead to Martin at
half-court. Martin drove the rest of the way to the basket with time winding
down. He double-pumped and tossed up a shot with his left hand over the
outstretched arms of San Antonio’s Tim Duncan. The ball kissed off the glass
and dropped in after bouncing around the rim, just as the buzzer sounded,
giving the Kings a thrilling win. Bibby scored 25 points and dished out eight
assists while Ron Artest, back in the lineup after a one-game suspension,
tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings. Duncan turned in a great
individual performance as he totaled 29 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked
shots. He did not get much help however, as only two other Spurs scored in
double figures. Michael Finley had 17 points and Tony Parker scored 12 for San
Final Score: LA Lakers 99, Phoenix 92
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant was limited to just 17 points,
but the Los Angeles Lakers used solid defense and better board work to beat
the Phoenix Suns, 99-92, in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal
series. Smush Parker totaled 18 points for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who
took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven set. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday
afternoon at the Staples Center. All five Los Angeles starters scored in
double figures and LA outrebounded Phoenix, 53-34. Luke Walton had 17
points and 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom contributed 15 points and 17 boards,
while Kwame Brown ended with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It marked the second
straight game the Lakers held the Suns under triple digits, as they won
99-93 at Phoenix on Wednesday. Shawn Marion had 20 points before fouling out
in the closing seconds for the Suns. Steve Nash had 17 points and 11
assists, while Tim Thomas added 18 points in a losing cause.