Monday , Mar , 26 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points on 10-of-17
shooting as Dallas held on to beat Atlanta, 104-97, at Philips Arena. Josh
Howard also had 28 points for the Southwest Division leading Mavericks, who
won their sixth straight game and have taken 23 of their last 25 contests.
Jason Terry chipped in with 27 points and six assists. The terrific trio of
Dallas compiled 83 of the team’s 104 points. Josh Smith and Josh Childress
each scored 21 points for the Hawks, who dropped their third straight and lost
for the fifth time in six games.

Final Score: Chicago 92, Indiana 90

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon’s fade away jump shot with two
ticks left on the clock lifted the Chicago Bulls over the Indiana Pacers,
92-90, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Gordon scored 31 points for Chicago, which is
fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and won its second straight. Luol
Deng posted 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich also had 14 points for
Chicago, which is still four games off the lead in the Central Division.
Jermaine O’Neal posted 39 points and 14 boards for Indiana, which continued
a three-game homestand and has dropped 14 of their last 16 games. Mike
Dunleavy scored 23 points for the Pacers, who will close out the stand on
Tuesday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Final Score: Detroit 121, Milwaukee 95

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince poured in 28 points and
three reserves played a big role as the short-handed Detroit Pistons routed
the Milwaukee Bucks, 121-95, at the Bradley Center. Detroit played without
Rasheed Wallace, who missed the game due to an NBA suspension, and Richard
Hamilton because of flu-like symptoms. Chris Webber felt sick during the
game and sat out the second quarter but returned in the third. Antonio
McDyess scored 20 points, including 13 in the second frame, after Webber
went to the locker room. Jason Maxiell, who started for Wallace,
finished with career highs in points with 19 and rebounds with 15 for the
Pistons, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ersan Ilyasova deposited 21
points, Charlie Bell 17, and Michael Redd 14 for the Bucks, who after
winning their first two games under new coach Larry Krystkowiak have
dropped two in a row.

Final Score: Minnesota 94, Portland 93

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett’s fade away jumper as time
expired pushed the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Portland Trail Blazers,
94-93, at the Target Center. Garnett scored 22 points and pulled down nine
rebounds for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in its last six
games and sits 3 1/2 games behind the LA Clippers for the eighth and final
spot in the Western Conference. Randy Foye poured in 17 points, Ricky Davis
added 15 points and dished out eight assists, and Mike James finished with 11
points and five assists for the Timberwolves. Mark Blount and Craig Smith each
scored 10 points apiece. Brandon Roy scored 22 points, and Zach Randolph
chipped in with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Trail
Blazers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and are now five
games off the final spot in the Conference.

Final Score: Sacramento 107, Phoenix 100

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby poured in 37 points, including a
career-high 9-of-12 from three-point range, as Sacramento downed Phoenix,
107-100, at ARCO Arena. Ron Artest scored 24 points and pulled down nine
rebounds for the Kings, who snapped a three-game skid. John Salmons chipped
in 17 points with five boards and Francisco Garcia donated 13 and dished out
five assists off the bench in the win. The Kings are currently four games
behind the LA Clippers for final playoff spot in the West. Sacramento guard
Kevin Martin left the game in the second quarter after getting poked in
the eye while driving to the basket. The team said Martin had double vision
and he did not return, finishing with just one point and five rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa posted 27 points and Amare Stoudemire had 23 with 11 rebounds
for the Suns, who were denied their third straight victory. Steve Nash
contributed 18 points with nine assists and Shawn Marion added 17 and grabbed
eight boards in defeat.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 106, Houston 94

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Chris Paul scored 28 points, including a
career-high four three-pointers and David West added 23 as the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets downed the Houston Rockets, 106-94, at the Ford
Center. Desmond Mason registered 19 points for the Hornets, who have won four
of their last six games. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 10 rebounds
for New Orleans/Oklahoma City. Tracy McGrady poured in 31 points for
Houston, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Yao Ming added 16
points, Luther Head 15 and Rafer Alston 12 for the Rockets, who could have
clinched a playoff spot with a win and a Golden State loss.

Final Score: Denver 105, Cleveland 93

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, as the
Denver Nuggets came away with a 105-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers,
who wrapped up a three-game homestand at Quicken Loans Arena. Nene posted 21
points and nine rebounds for Denver, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Allen Iverson notched 18 points and 12 assists and Linas Kleiza had 14 points
for the Nuggets, who are 2-2 so far on a five-game road trip. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are just 2
1/2 games behind the Detroit Pistons in both the Central Division and Eastern
Conference standings. LeBron James also netted 18 points and Larry Hughes
added 17. Drew Gooden posted 12 points and 10 boards for the Cavs, who have
lost three of four.

Final Score: San Antonio 120, Seattle 79

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili scored 19 points and was one of
seven Spurs in double figures as San Antonio blasted Seattle, 120-79, at
KeyArena. Tony Parker poured in 18 points and dished out seven assists and
Tim Duncan posted 16 points with 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won
three in a row.Jacque Vaughn chipped in 13 points, Matt Bonner 12 and
Michael Finley andBruce Bowen contributed 10 apiece in the victory. Luke
Ridnour netted 16 points for the SuperSonics, who have dropped seven of their
last nine games. Chris Wilcox had 14 points and grabbed nine boards, while
Rashard Lewis donated 13 in defeat. Prior to the game, it was announced
that guard Ray Allen will miss the remainder of the season with bone
spurs in his left ankle. Allen, the NBA’s eighth-leading scorer at 26.4
points per game, will require surgery but a specific date has yet to be
determined.

Final Score: LA Lakers 115, Golden State 113

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s streak of scoring at least
50 points ended, but the Lakers continued their winning ways by defeating the
Warriors, 115-113, at Staples Center. Bryant scored 43 points and grabbed
nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which has won a season-best five straight
games. Bryant, who hit 15-of-33 shots, had scored at least 50 points in his
previous four games, becoming just the second player in NBA history to
accomplish that feat. Lamar Odom added 24 points and a career-high tying 19
rebounds for the Lakers, who remain firmly in the sixth spot in the Western
Conference playoff race. Smush Parker added 13 points for LA, which used a
14-0 fourth-quarter run to help eliminate a double-digit deficit. Monta Ellis
scored a career-high tying 31 points to lead the Warriors, who fell one
game behind the idle LA Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference. Al Harrington added 23 points for Golden State, which lost for the
second time in three outings.