Monday , Apr , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa paced a balanced Phoenix attack
with 29 points as the Suns toppled the Dallas Mavericks, 126-104, at US
Airways Center. Amare Stoudemire scored 24 with nine rebounds, Steve Nash
posted 23 points and 11 assists and Shawn Marion had 20 points for the Suns,
who have won five of their last seven games. Boris Diaw chipped in 16 points
in the victory. Phoenix, which has already clinched the Pacific Division, is
No. 2 in the Western Conference and is three games ahead of the third-seeded
San Antonio Spurs. The Suns shot a blistering 64.8 percent from the floor.
Josh Howard poured in 28 points and grabbed seven boards, while Jerry
Stackhouse donated 25 points off the bench for the for the Mavericks, who had
a nine-game winning streak snapped, but still remain as the top seed in the
West. Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points, six rebounds and six assists and Jason
Terry scored 20 for Dallas, which finished 45.6 percent shooting from the
field.

Final Score: Indiana 100, San Antonio 99

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jamaal Tinsley drove to the lane for a
layup with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Jermaine O’Neal-less Indiana Pacers
battled to a 100-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. With 6.3 seconds
left in the game and the score knotted at 98-98, Manu Ginobili crashed
the lane hard and was fouled by Indiana’s Ike Diogu. Ginobili, though,
was able to hit just 1-of-2 free throws to give San Antonio a tenuous one-
point lead. On the Pacers’ ensuing possession, Tinsley snuck past Tim Duncan
for a layup to put Indiana in front. The Spurs had one last chance to
win it with .3 seconds remaining, but Duncan’s hook shot as time expired
was well off. Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for
the Pacers, who moved within 1 1/2 games behind Orlando for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Tinsley and Troy Murphy each
finished with 20 points for Indiana, with Tinsley dishing out eight assists.
O’Neal, the team’s leading scorer, sat out with a sore left knee. Tony Parker
scored 22 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Spurs, who
saw their six-game winning streak come to an end and fell three games behind
Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference. Duncan ended with 17
points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, but turned the ball over seven times.

Final Score: Minnesota 105, Orlando 104 (OT)

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis poured in a season-high 36 points
and hit a three-pointer with 11.5 seconds left in overtime to give the
Minnesota Timberwolves a 105-104 win over the Orlando Magic. With the score
tied at 102-102, Kevin Garnett was whistled for a questionable goaltending
call on Grant Hill’s driving layup with 19 seconds remaining as Orlando took
the lead. However, on Minnesota’s ensuing possession, Garnett found an open
Davis and his trey put the Timberwolves in front. The Magic went to Jameer
Nelson on their last possession, but his layup in the lane was rejected by
Garnett as Minnesota held on for the win. Davis, who shot 13-of-21 from the
floor, scored the Timberwolves’ final 13 points of the game, including all
seven in overtime. Garnett finished with 22 points, 14 rebound and eight
assists as Minnesota halted a three-game skid. Hill scored 23 points, Darko
Milicic and Trevor Ariza each had 18 off the bench and Dwight Howard ripped
down 19 rebounds for the Magic, who fell a half game behind idle New Jersey
for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Orlando also saw the Pacers
pull within 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Final Score: Washington 121, Milwaukee 107

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Caron Butler poured in 19 points and had
five rebounds before fracturing his right hand in the third quarter, as the
Washington Wizards trounced the Milwaukee Bucks, 121-107, at the Bradley
Center. Butler left the game with 6:28 remaining in the third. The All-Star
forward is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Gilbert Arenas
scored 19 points and dished out nine assists for Washington, which moved a
half-game ahead of the defending world champion Miami Heat — who lost
earlier in the day at Detroit — for the top spot in the Southeast Division.
Jarvis Hayes chipped in with 17 points, and Darius Songaila had 15 for the
Wizards, who are in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Maurice Williams scored 25 points for Milwaukee, which has dropped six
straight. Ruben Patterson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlie
Bell donated 18 points in a losing cause. The Bucks also got 10 points apiece
from Brian Skinner and Ersan Ilyasova.

Final Score: Detroit 94, Miami 88

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton paced a balanced Detroit
attack with 19 points as the Pistons edged Miami, 94-88, at The Palace of
Auburn Hills. Hamilton, the Pistons leading scorer, returned to the lineup
after missing four games with flu-like symptoms. Chauncey Billups added 17
points for the Pistons, who continue to sit atop the Central Division and own
the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, Rasheed Wallace chipped
in with 14 points while Antonio McDyess and Carlos Delfino both dropped in
12 off the bench. Shaquille O’Neal tallied 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting for
the Heat, who fell one-half game behind Washington in the Southeast Division
when the Wizards topped the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Jason Williams tallied
21 points and Udonis Haslem had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Final Score: Boston 98, Cleveland 96

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Delonte West hit two free throws with 1.9
seconds left, boosting the Celtics to a 98-96 win over the shorthanded
Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James missed the game for the Cavaliers due to
right knee tendinitis, but despite his injury, Cleveland nearly pulled out
a win. However, Damon Jones missed a shot from the right corner under heavy
pressure from Boston’s Allan Ray to end the game. Gerald Green scored 25
points and Al Jefferson added 24 with five blocked shots for Boston, which
won for the third time in four games. Ryan Gomes tallied 17 points, as
Boston won without its top scorer. Paul Pierce sat out his second straight
game with inflammation in his left elbow and a sore left foot. Boston is
3-23 this season without Pierce in the lineup. Larry Hughes had 24 points
and made all 12 of his free throws for the Cavaliers, who lost for the
fifth time in eight contests. Cleveland fell 3 1/2 games behind first place
Detroit in the Central Division, as the Pistons beat Miami earlier Sunday.

Final Score: Chicago 105, Atlanta 97

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Luol Deng poured in a game-high 30 points and
grabbed six rebounds to lead Chicago over Atlanta, 105-97, at Philips Arena.
Kirk Hinrich added 22 points for the Bulls, who have won five of their last
six and remain the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Ben
Gordon scored 15 and dished out seven assists and Chris Duhon donated 11
points off the bench. Chicago finished 47 percent shooting from the floor.
Josh Smith posted 24 points and pulled down 12 boards for the Hawks, who have
dropped six in a row and eight of nine. Marvin Williams chipped in 16 with
eight rebounds, Tyronn Lue netted 15 and Josh Childress scored 12 in defeat.
Atlanta shot 46 percent from the field.

Final Score: Toronto 107, Charlotte 94

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 24 points and 16 rebounds,
as the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors downed the Charlotte Bobcats,
107-94, at Air Canada Centre to clinch a playoff berth for the first time
since 2001-02, with nine games to play. Toronto, which is the third seed in
the Eastern Conference playoff race, is seven games ahead of the second-place
New Jersey Nets in the Atlantic. Juan Dixon scored 15 points for the
Raptors, who collected their third straight victory. Anthony Parker and
Jose Calderon both netted 14 points for the Raptors, who have won five of
their last six games overall. Kris Humphries added 13 points and eight
boards, while T.J. Ford had 11 points and eight assists. Walter Herrmann
notched 22 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte, which failed to
extend its winning streak to three games. Emeka Okafor scored 16 points and
Gerald Wallace 13 for the Bobcats, who have lost three of their last seven
games overall.

Final Score: Utah 86, Houston 83

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur posted 20 points and nine rebounds
to help the Utah Jazz fight back to drop the Houston Rockets, 86-83, in a
pivotal contest at the Toyota Center. These teams are likely to lock horns in
the first round over the playoffs, and are fighting for home-court
advantage in the series. With the victory, Utah now holds a 1 1/2 game
advantage over the Rockets for the fourth seed. Carlos Boozer had 13 points
and 10 boards while Deron Williams donated 12 points and 11 assists for
Utah, which has won four of its last five. Yao Ming had an enormous night
with 35 points and 16 rebounds and Tracy McGrady finished with 20 points
for the Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak halted.

Final Score: Golden State 122, Memphis 117

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson scored 26 points, dished out
eight assists, had six rebounds and two steals as the Golden State Warriors
held off the Memphis Grizzlies, 122-117. Stephen Jackson poured in 21 points
and had nine assists for the Warriors, who moved within 1 1/2 games of the Los
Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.
Al Harrington and Monta Ellis each chipped in with 17 points for Golden State,
which had six players in double figures and survived without starting point
guard Baron Davis, who was ejected early in the contest. Pau Gasol led
Memphis with 23 points, nine boards and five assists. Tarence Kinsey chipped
in with 21 points, Hakim Warrick and Chucky Atkins each had 19, and Rudy Gay
donated 15 in a losing effort. Warrick and Gay also had nine and seven
rebounds, respectively. Memphis has lost six of its last eight contests.

Final Score: Denver 114, Seattle 103

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony posted 32 points and nine
rebounds, as the struggling Denver Nuggets continued their push towards the
postseason with a 114-103 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena. Denver
is now a half game ahead of the Clippers for the seventh seed in the Western
Conference playoff race. Allen Iverson notched 26 points and seven assists for
the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Linas Kleiza scored
16 points and Steve Blake added 13 points and seven assists. Earl Watson
scored 28 points off the bench for Seattle, which had a three-game winning
streak snapped. Rashard Lewis had 27 points and nine boards, while Chris
Wilcox added 20 points in the loss.

Final Score: LA Lakers 126, Sacramento 103

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Maurice Evans scored 21 points, as the Los
Angeles Lakers routed Pacific Division-rival Sacramento, 126-103, at
the Staples Center. The Lakers are the sixth seed in the Western Conference,
2 1/2 games ahead of the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant posted 19 points and 13
assists for Los Angeles, which halted a two-game losing streak. Luke Walton
netted 18 points, Andrew Bynum 14, and Smush Parker added 13 points and
eight assists, as the Lakers won for the sixth time in eight games. Ron
Artest scored 26 points for the Kings, who are 5 1/2 games behind the
Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West. Kevin Martin scored 23
points, John Salmons 16, and Brad Miller added 12 points and seven boards.