Tuesday , May , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, and Dallas
dominated the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-76, to complete a four-game sweep of
their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Josh Howard added 24 points and
nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Mavericks, who will face either top-
seeded San Antonio or No. 8 seed Sacramento in the Western Conference
semifinals. The series between the Spurs and Kings is even after four games.
Jerry Stackhouse had 19 points in a reserve role, as Dallas beat the Grizzlies
for the 12th time in the last 13 encounters, including the playoffs. The
Grizzlies fell to 0-12 all-time in playoff games. They were swept in the
first round by the Spurs in 2004 and were beaten in four straight by Phoenix
last year. The 12 consecutive playoff defeats is an NBA record. Pau Gasol
scored 25 points for Memphis, which lost three games in the series by double
digits.

Final Score: Detroit 109, Milwaukee 99

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored a game-high 34 points
and dished out six assists to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Milwaukee
Bucks, 109-99, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series at the
Bradley Center. Billups hit six straight free throws down the stretch and
tallied 24 points in the second half to help the Pistons seal the win and
rebound from Game 3’s embarrassing 124-104 setback. Richard Hamilton and
Tayshaun Prince added 18 points each as Detroit took a commanding 3-1 lead
and will attempt to close out this best-of-seven set on Wednesday at the
Palace. Michael Redd had 33 points on 10-of-17 shooting for the Bucks, who
have never beaten the Pistons in a playoff series. Redd, however, hit just 1-
of-5 three- pointers for Milwaukee, which hit only 4-of-10 as a team compared
to Detroit’s 8-of-17 shooting from beyond the arc.

Final Score: LA Clippers 101, Denver 83

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley and Corey Maggette each
scored 23 points, as the Clippers franchise won a playoff series for the first
time in 30 years by routing Denver, 101-83, in Game 5 of their Western
Conference quarterfinal set. Elton Brand dominated the middle with 21
points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, as the franchise captured a
postseason series for the first time since the Buffalo Braves defeated the
Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1976 playoffs. Sam Cassell and
Chris Kaman each contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, while Shaun
Livingston had 14 assists for the sixth-seeded Clippers, who had homecourt
advantage because of a better overall record. The Clippers could be playing
all their games in the conference semifinals at the Staples Center. They
will take on either the seventh-seeded Lakers or second-seeded Phoenix Suns
in the next round, but the Lakers hold a 3-1 lead in that set with Game 5 set
for Tuesday night. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points for the third-seeded
Nuggets, who won the Northwest Division in the regular season, but could
never get much going, only winning Game 3 in Denver. Greg Buckner added
20 points and Andre Miller totaled 15 points and eight assists.