Thursday , Mar , 29 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 28
points, as the Washington Wizards came away with a 111-108 victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers. Returning from a left knee bruise, Caron Butler
scored 21 points for Washington, which snapped a three-game losing streak
and attained a one-half game edge over the Heat for the lead in the Southeast
Division. Miami lost at Toronto Wednesday night. Gilbert Arenas netted 20
points and Antawn Jamison added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards,
who just lost the top spot in the division after Monday’s setback to the
Utah Jazz in the finale of a five-game road trip. Andre Iguodala notched 26
points and 15 boards for Philadelphia, which is 10-5 over its last 15 games.
Samuel Dalembert posted 24 points and nine boards for the Sixers. Andre
Miller notched 16 points and seven assists, while Kyle Korver contributed
14 points off the bench.

Final Score: Charlotte 101, Atlanta 87

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace had 31 points on 12-of-16
shooting and nine rebounds, as the Charlotte Bobcats downed the Atlanta Hawks,
101-87. Matt Carroll added 19 points and Walter Herrmann 13 for
Charlotte, which snapped a two-game skid. Raymond Felton donated 10 points
and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who won their 27th game, eclipsing their
previous franchise-high of 26, set last year. Josh Smith finished with 25
points, 15 boards and six blocked shots, and Marvin Williams had 12
points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who have lost five straight and seven
of their last eight games. Salim Stoudamire chipped in 12 points and Lorenzen
Wright 10 for Atlanta, which committed 22 turnovers.

Final Score: Toronto 96, Miami 83

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh moved into the Toronto record books
with 13 points and 18 rebounds, and Miami fell out of first place in the
Southeast Division after the Raptors’ 96-83 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
Bosh recorded his 34th double-double of the season and 111th of his career,
passing former Raptor Antonio Davis for the most in franchise history. With
New Jersey blasting Indiana on Wednesday night, the Raptors maintained their
six-game edge in the division. The Heat, on the other hand, dropped one-half
game behind Washington after the Wizards knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers
on Wednesday. Miami has lost three of its last four. Anthony Parker totaled
20 points, Juan Dixon fought off a neck injury to add 18 points and T.J. Ford
recorded 14 points while dishing out nine assists. The Raptors have won three
of four, and seven of their last 10. The Raptors snapped a four-game skid to
the Heat. Shaquille O’Neal scored 17 points with six rebounds and Eddie Jones
donated 12 points, while James Posey added eight points and 10 boards.

Final Score: Boston 105, Orlando 96 (2-OT)

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce gave Boston two extra lives — first
with 7.6 seconds left in regulation and then with 19.7 seconds remaining in
the initial overtime — as the Celtics downed Orlando, 105-96, in a double-
overtime thriller at TD Banknorth Garden. Pierce finished with 32 points,
seven rebounds and five assists, while Al Jefferson totaled 23 points and
13 rebounds. Delonte West added 17 points for Boston, which has won two
straight and snapped a three-game losing streak to Orlando. Grant Hill and
Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points apiece and both Tony Battie and Dwight Howard
posted double-doubles in defeat, the club’s first in three games. Battie
totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds while Howard recorded 12 points and a
game-high 14 boards. The Magic slipped from seventh to eighth in the
Eastern Conference playoff race, one-half game behind New Jersey and 1 1/2
games ahead of both Indiana and New York.

Final Score: New Jersey 118, Indiana 94

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Josh Boone scored a career-high 22
points and Bostjan Nachbar added 20, as the Nets throttled the shorthanded
Indiana Pacers, 118-94, at Continental Airlines Arena. Richard Jefferson
totaled 14 points and six assists for New Jersey, which won its second
straight to leap a half-game past Orlando and move into the seventh position
in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Magic lost in double-overtime
at Boston on Wednesday. Lawrence Frank picked up his 149th win (149-126)
with the Nets, tying Byron Scott for the franchise record. Nets guard Eddie
House took a nasty spill with 2:10 left in the second quarter after being
fouled hard by David Harrison. House left the game favoring his left hip and
was diagnosed for a possible concussion. Shawne Williams had 19 points for
the Pacers, who were without forward Jermaine O’Neal due to sprains in
his left knee and ankle. Mike Dunleavy Jr. contributed 14 points and Troy
Murphy, starting in place for O’Neal, tallied 13 points and 14 boards for
Indiana, which is tied with New York, 1 1/2 games behind Orlando for the final
playoff spot in the conference.

Final Score: New York 97, Cleveland 93

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 25 points, as the New York
Knicks came away with a 97-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephon
Marbury notched 16 points and eight assists for New York, which ended a four-
game losing streak and is now tied with Indiana at 1 1/2 games off pace for
the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Channing Frye also
netted 16, while Nate Robinson added 12 points and seven rebounds off the
bench. The win was bittersweet for the already-shorthanded Knicks, as
guard Steve Francis left in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle.
Forward David Lee (sore right leg/ankle) and guard Quentin Richardson (sore
lower back) both remained sidelined. Lee has missed 15 of New York’s last
17 games, while Richardson has sat out seven straight. LeBron James posted
24 points and seven assists for Cleveland, which punched its ticket to the
postseason on Tuesday with a 105-94 win over Indiana on Tuesday, and is
within three games of Detroit for the top spot in both the Central Division
and Eastern Conference standings. Sasha Pavlovic scored 20 points and
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 for Cleveland, which has lost four of six.

Final Score: San Antonio 92, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 88

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 31 points as the San
Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 92-88, at
the AT&T Center. Brent Barry added 15 points, including four three-
pointers in the fourth quarter for San Antonio, which has won five
straight and 18 of its last 20 games. Michael Finley donated 13 points and
Manu Ginobli 12 for the Spurs, currently sit in third place in the Western
Conference. Chris Paul deposited 20 points and nine assists, and Tyson
Chandler had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost three of
their last four and 10 of their last 14 games.

Final Score: Dallas 105, Milwaukee 103

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Terry scored 27 points and hit the go-
ahead free throw with 29.8 seconds left, and Dallas overcame injuries to Dirk
Nowitzki and Josh Howard to post their eighth straight win, 105-103, over the
Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki hit for 17 points, but twisted his left ankle with
3:42 left in the second quarter and then came back out to play only 1:04 of
the third quarter before departing again. Howard also scored 17, but hobbled
off the court with 2:31 left after hurting his right ankle. Jerry Stackhouse
added 21 points and also hit a foul shot with 11.9 seconds left for the
Mavs, who attained their 60th win (60-11) on the season, tying a franchise-
record. Michael Redd hit for 34 points for the Bucks, but missed a scoop
shot in the lane that would have tied the game in the waning seconds. Mo
Williams added 17 for Milwaukee, which has lost four in a row overall and 14
of its last 15 on the road.

Final Score: Seattle 100, Denver 97

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – J.R. Smith’s deep heave at the buzzer drew back
iron, giving Seattle its second victory in as many nights, 100-97 over Denver
at Pepsi Center. One night after storming back from a 25-point deficit to
knock off Minnesota, the SuperSonics held off Denver behind 33 points and 10
rebounds from Rashard Lewis. Nick Collison recorded a double-double with 16
points and 13 rebounds for Seattle, which has won two straight and three of
four. Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points, Nene added 17 points and 13
boards and Allen Iverson donated 14 points with eight assists for Denver,
which is firmly situated in the seventh Western Conference playoff spot
between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.

Final Score: Utah 108, Minnesota 102

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer posted 25 points and 11
rebounds as the Utah Jazz captured their division crown for the first time in
seven years after dropping the Minnesota Timberwolves, 108-102, at
EnergySolutions Arena. Deron Williams had 22 points and 14 assists while
Mehmet Okur notched 23 points and 12 boards for the Jazz, who clinched the
Northwest Division with the win and a Denver loss against Seattle. Andrei
Kirilenko filled out the stat sheet as usual with 13 points, eight
rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Kevin Garnett finished with 25 points
and eight rebounds and Ricky Davis added 18 points and eight assists for
Minnesota, which has dropped three of four and is a longshot to make the
postseason.

Final Score: Houston 92, LA Clippers 87

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Shane Battier hit the go-ahead three-
pointer with under a minute left, as Houston beat the playoff-hopeful Los
Angeles Clippers, 92-87. Tracy McGrady scored 27 points and Yao Ming came up
big with 24 points and 15 rebounds for Houston. Rafer Alston had 14 points
and Chuck Hayes contributed 10 points and nine rebounds for the postseason-
bound Rockets, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Elton Brand led
the way for LA with 24 points and five blocked shots, but the Clippers had a
four-game winning streak broken. Jason Hart and Tim Thomas each had 16 points
in a losing cause. The Clippers are now 1 1/2 games ahead of Golden State
for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.