Thursday , Apr , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich scored 29 points and dished
out eight assists as the Chicago Bulls trounced the Detroit Pistons, 106-88,
at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Luol Deng poured in 22 points and grabbed nine
rebounds for Chicago, which has won six of its last seven and is now 3 1/2
games off Detroit’s lead in the Central Division. The Bulls won despite Ben
Wallace missing the game with sinus inflammation. Tyrus Thomas scored 13
points, while Thabo Sefolosha and P.J. Brown each finished with 11 for
the Bulls, who are fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Sefolosha also chipped in with 10 boards. Chauncey Billups had a team-high
17 points, while Rasheed Wallace donated 16 for Detroit, which had a three-
game winning streak snapped and is still trying to secure homecourt
advantage in the conference for the second consecutive season. They are
three games ahead of idle Cleveland with seven games left, and the Pistons
host the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Final Score: Charlotte 108, Washington 100

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace scored 27 points, pulled
down 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists as Charlotte downed a short-
handed Washington club, 108-100, in the back end of a home-and-home series
at the Verizon Center. The Wizards were already without forward Caron Butler,
who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken hand, and they
quickly lost the services of Gilbert Arenas due to a sprained left knee. The
All-Star did not start for the first time this season after being late to the
team’s shootaround and when he finally took the floor, Arenas played less than
two minutes when he collided with Wallace. After being helped to his feet,
Arenas immediately left for the locker room with the sprained knee and did
not return. Walter Herrmann added 20 points and nine boards for the Bobcats,
who have won four of five games. Raymond Felton chipped in with 19
points and seven assists. Antawn Jamison dropped in 25 points and had 11
rebounds for the reeling Wizards, who also dropped a 122-102 decision to
the Bobcats on Tuesday and fell one full game behind idle Miami in the
Southeast Division. Etan Thomas tallied 19 points and 10 boards, while
Antonio Daniels had 18 points and a career-high 17 assists.

Final Score: Toronto 111, Orlando 108

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 28 points and nine
rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic, 111-108, at Amway
Arena. Orlando currently owns the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference, just 1 1/2 games behind No. 7 New Jersey and 1 1/2 games
ahead of Indiana. Anthony Parker scored 20 points for the Atlantic Division-
leading Raptors, who have won three of four. Joey Graham netted 19 points,
while T.J. Ford added 16 points and eight assists. Hedo Turkoglu had a
career-high 37 points for the Magic, who have lost three of four. Grant Hill
netted 19 points and Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: New Jersey 101, Atlanta 86

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Bostjan Nachbar scored 26 points off
the bench, as the New Jersey Nets closed out a brief two-game homestand with a
101-86 rout of the Atlanta Hawks. Vince Carter posted 24 points and eight
assists for New Jersey, which has won four of its last five games and is
seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Mikki Moore had 14 points
and nine boards, Josh Boone posted 13 points and eight boards, and Jason Kidd
added nine points and 10 assists in the win. Salim Stoudamire scored 19
points for the Hawks, who have dropped seven in a row and nine of their last
10 games. Zaza Pachulia scored 18 points and Josh Smith added 15 points and
eight boards. Shelden Williams contributed nine points and 14 boards for
Atlanta, which has also lost 10 straight on the road and is 12-26 away from
Philips Arena this season.

Final Score: Philadelphia 92, New York 90

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Kyle
Korver tallied 17 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the New York Knicks,
92-90, at Madison Square Garden. Andre Miller added 14 points and seven
assists and Willie Green had 13 points for the Sixers, who have won two of
three. Stephon Marbury provided just about all the offense for the Knicks,
scoring 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists,
but it wasn’t enough to stop his team’s losing streak that has now reached
three games. Renaldo Balkman added 17 points and 16 boards and Eddy Curry had
14 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which remains 2 1/2 games behind the
Orlando Magic for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite
suffering its seventh loss in eight games.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 101, Seattle 92 (OT)

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Bobby Jackson scored seven of his 18
points in overtime, boosting the playoff-hopeful Hornets to a 101-92 victory
over Seattle. David West had 18 points and 14 rebounds for New
Orleans/Oklahoma City, which scored a franchise-low six points in the fourth
quarter, but still managed to win its third straight contest. Rasual Butler
tallied 16 points and Marc Jackson contributed 13 points and 12 boards
for the Hornets, who are 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the eighth and
final spot in the Western Conference. Chris Paul narrowly missed a triple-
double with 11 points, 11 boards and nine assists for the Hornets, who
outrebounded the SuperSonics, 55-38. Rashard Lewis had 27 points and 10
rebounds for Seattle, which has lost three straight.

Final Score: Golden State 110, Houston 99

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson finished with 27 points and
nine rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets,
110-99, at the Toyota Center. Baron Davis posted a double-double with 25
points and 10 assists while Stephen Jackson netted 17 for the Warriors, who
remained 1 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Western Conference. The Rockets played most of the game without
their main scoring weapon, as Tracy McGrady left midway through the first
quarter with back stiffness and did not register a point. Luther Head carried
the load, setting career highs with seven three-pointers made and 30 points
overall for Houston, which currently holds the No. 5 seed.

Final Score: Denver 120, Sacramento 115

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead a potent Denver attack in a 120-115 win over Sacramento
at the Pepsi Center. Nene added a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds for
the Nuggets, who nearly blew a 21-point halftime lead but still held on to
win their third straight contest. Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith tallied 16
points each and Marcus Camby had 15 points and 11 boards for Denver, which
will remain in the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Denver
pulled within one-half game of the Lakers for the sixth spot and remain one
game ahead of the Clippers. The Lakers lost the Clippers, 90-82, on
Wednesday night. Ron Artest had 32 points and Kevin Martin tallied 26 points
to lead the Kings, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight.

Final Score: LA Clippers 90, LA Lakers 82

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored 22 points to lead the
playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Clippers to a big 90-82 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers. Cuttino Mobley added 18 points and seven assists for the Clippers, who
won for the seventh time in eight games. They remain 1 1/2-games ahead of
Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot. Denver is one game ahead
of the Clippers for seventh. Kobe Bryant had 29 points and seven assists for
the Lakers, who hold a precarious half-game lead over the Nuggets for the
sixth spot. Lamar Odom tallied 21 points and Luke Walton 13 for the Lakers,
who have lost four of five.

Final Score: Portland 94, Utah 89

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy scored a career-high 29 points to
lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-89 victory over the Utah Jazz at the
Rose Garden. Travis Outlaw added 22 points for Portland, which halted a
four-game skid. Jarrett Jack pitched in 14 points for the Trail Blazers,
who got 11 points from Fred Jones. Portland played without rookie LaMarcus
Aldridge, who will be sidelined indefinitely because of a rapid
heartbeat and dizziness. Largely because of the situation with Aldridge, the
Blazers have signed center Luke Schencher for the rest of the season. Carlos
Boozer scored 21 points and tied his career-high with 21 rebounds for Utah,
which had won four of its last five games. Deron Williams had 14 points and 13
assists for the Jazz, which also got double-digit scoring contributions from
Gordan Giricek (13), Matt Harpring (12) and Mehmet Okur (11).

Final Score: Milwaukee 98, Boston 89

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins scored 32 points on 13-of-19
shooting from the floor to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-89 victory over
the Boston Celtics at the Bradley Center. Charlie Bell added 25 points for
Milwaukee, which got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Ruben Patterson.
Dan Gadzuric ripped down 15 boards for the Bucks, who snapped a seven-game
skid. Michael Redd missed the game for Milwaukee, as he is nursing a sore left
knee. Mo Williams also sat out with a knee injury for the Bucks. Boston was
also shorthanded, as leading scorer Paul Pierce remained sidelined with
inflammation in his left elbow and a sore left foot. Al Jefferson also missed
the contest for the Celtics. Jefferson collided with teammate Ryan Gomes at
practice on Tuesday, aggravating a left knee injury he originally suffered
two weeks ago. The standout forward is listed as day-to- day. Five Boston
players reached double figures in scoring in the loss, and Rajon Rondo led
the way with 16 points.