National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 23 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and had four steals to lift Toronto over Philadelphia, 94-85, and the
Raptors captured a division crown for the first time in the team’s 12-year
history. Anthony Parker, T.J. Ford and Juan Dixon each poured in 12 points,
while Ford also had six assists for the Raptors, who have won five of six.
With six games remaining, the Raptors have a eight-game lead over second-
place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. Toronto won the Atlantic Division
with the win, coupled with the Nets’ loss to Chicago on Friday night. Andre
Iguodala had a team-high 20 points, while grabbing seven boards and dishing
out seven assists for Philadelphia. The squad has dropped three of five and
sits in 11th place in the East, four games back of Orlando for the eighth and
final playoff spot. Samuel Dalembert finished with 15 points, Willie Green had
12 and Andre Miller chipped in with 10 points and 11 assists for the Sixers.
Final Score: Indiana 112, Charlotte 102
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Danny Granger scored a career-high 32 points
on 11-of-14 shooting to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 112-102 win over the
Charlotte Bobcats. Darrell Armstrong scored 16 points and Troy Murphy added 13
for the Pacers, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.
Jermaine O’Neal scored 14 points, but shot just 4-of-18 from the field for
Indiana, which is one game behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Gerald Wallace poured in 29 points and
grabbed nine boards for Charlotte, which had won two in a row and four of its
last five games coming in. Walter Herrmann added 15 points and Emeka Okafor
had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who are five games out of the
final spot in the East.
Final Score: Miami 88, Boston 85
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal poured in 22 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds as Miami escaped with an 88-85 victory over Boston at TD
Banknorth Garden. Udonis Haslem had 17 points with nine boards for the Heat,
who have won three straight and five of their last seven games. Miami is 2 1/2
games ahead of the Washington Wizards in the Southeast Division and has
already clinched a playoff spot, remaining the fourth seed. James Posey netted
13 points and Jason Williams added eight points and dished out 13 assists in
the win. Ryan Gomes scored 24 points and Gerald Green had 21 for the Celtics,
who have dropped three of their last four. Allan Ray chipped in 13, Rajon
Rondo 11 and Kevinn Pinkney donated 10 with 11 rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: Minnesota 99, New York 94
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Randy Foye scored 19 points, hitting 5-of-6
three-pointers, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the New York Knicks,
99-94, at Madison Square Garden. Ricky Davis added 17 points and Kevin Garnett
tallied 12 points and 15 boards for Minnesota, which has won two of three to
keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Craig Smith had 15 points and six rebounds
for the Timberwolves, who drew within 5 1/2 games of the idle Clippers for the
final spot in the West. Minnesota has seven games remaining, while the
Clippers play eight more times. Nate Robinson scored 21 points and Eddy Curry
had 20 and six boards for the Knicks, who have dropped four straight to fall
three games behind the idle Orlando Magic for the final spot in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. Mardy Collins added a career-high 16 points and
Channing Frye had 11 points and seven boards for New York, which has lost
eight of nine overall.
Final Score: Atlanta 115, Milwaukee 102
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Josh Smith poured in 28 points and ripped down
a career-high 18 boards, as the Atlanta Hawks outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks,
115-102, at Philips Arena. Salim Stoudamire knocked down 7-of-11 three
pointers and finished with 21 points off the bench for the Hawks, who snapped
a seven-game slide. Tyronn Lue had 16 points and nine assists in the win,
while Anthony Johnson logged 13 points. Shelden Williams posted 12 points and
16 rebounds. Earl Boykins tied a career-high with 36 points and he also doled
out nine assists for the Bucks, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Charlie Bell went off for 28 points and Ruben Patterson ended up with 19
points and 11 rebounds in the setback.
Final Score: Cleveland 99, Washington 94
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – LeBron James scored 25 points, as the
Cleveland Cavaliers held off the battered and bruised Washington Wizards,
99-94, at the Verizon Center. Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 18 points and eight
rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are three games behind Detroit in the Central
Division. Larry Hughes scored 15 points, while Drew Gooden added 12 in the
win. Antawn Jamison scored 27 points for the Wizards, who are 2 1/2 games
behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Southeast Division. Antonio
Daniels notched 18 points and 12 assists, and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 points.
Etan Thomas added 10 points and 14 boards.
Final Score: Golden State 116, Memphis 104
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Baron Davis poured in 31 points, grabbed eight
rebounds, dished out nine assists and had four steals to power Golden State to
a 116-104 win over Memphis at FedExForum. Monta Ellis had 20 points, seven
boards and eight assists and Jason Richardson added 19 points for the
Warriors, who are just one game behind the Clippers for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Western Conference. Golden State has not seen postseason
action since 1994. Stephen Jackson scored 12 points and Matt Barnes
contributed 10 in the victory. The Warriors, which shot 50 percent from the
field, have won eight of 11. Tarance Kinsey netted 28 points and Pau Gasol
chipped in 21 with 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost four straight
and eight of their last 10 overall. Rudy Gay had 15 points and pulled down 10
rebounds, while Chucky Atkins donated 15 off the bench in defeat.
Final Score: Phoenix 103, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 95
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to
score 26 points and dish out five assists as Phoenix dumped a short-handed New
Orleans/Oklahoma City team, 103-95, at the Ford Center. Shawn Marion added 20
points and 11 rebounds for the Pacific Division- champion Suns, who remain the
No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoff race, 2 1/2 games ahead of San
Antonio. Steve Nash chipped in with 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.
David West tallied 17 points for the Hornets, who fell a full three games
behind the idle LA Clippers for the eighth and final playoff berth in the
Western Conference. Marc Jackson had 16 points, while Devin Brown and Jannero
Pargo each had 13 points in the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 105, New Jersey 74
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ben Gordon scored 27 points, as the Chicago
Bulls routed the New Jersey Nets, 105-74, at the United Center. New Jersey is
the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while the playoff-
bound Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are both three games behind the Detroit
Pistons for the top spot in the Central Division and the conference. Luol Deng
posted 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their third straight.
Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points and Chris Duhon added 12 points for the short-
handed Bulls, who were without Ben Wallace (sinus inflammation), Tyrus Thomas
(flu), Andres Nocioni (foot plantar fasciitis) and Adrian Griffin (back
spasms). Vince Carter scored 21 points for New Jersey, which had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Richard Jefferson netted 11 points as the only other
Net in double figures.
Final Score: Portland 85, Houston 78
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy tallied a game-best 24 points, as
the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Houston Rockets for an 85-78 victory
at the Toyota Center. Jarrett Jack added 23 points on 7-of-9 field goals for
Portland, which won its second straight outing following a four-game slide.
Jamaal Magloire turned in 12 points and 14 rebounds, as the Blazers kicked off
their three-game road trip on a high note. Luther Head paced the depleted
Rockets in defeat with 19 points. Juwan Howard contributed 14 points and 11
rebounds, and Shane Battier finished with 12 points. Kirk Snyder chipped in
with 10 points for Houston, which dropped its third game in a row.
Final Score: Sacramento 107, Utah 103
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin scored 21 points as Sacramento
used a late surge to top Utah, 107-103, at ARCO Arena. John Salmons came off
the bench to add 17 points for the Kings, who snapped a four-game slide. Ron
Artest and Ronnie Price chipped in with 13 points each, and Artest pulled down
a game-high 10 boards. Mehmet Okur recorded a game-best 24 points with eight
rebounds for the Jazz, who have dropped three of four. Carlos Boozer had 17
points and six rebounds, Gordan Giricek contributed 16, and both Derek Fisher
and Matt Harpring had 14 points in defeat.
Final Score: Denver 75, Dallas 71
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and dominated
the final minutes as Denver came back to edge Dallas, 75-71, at the Pepsi
Center. Allen Iverson added 22 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth
straight game and are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the LA Clippers for the seventh
spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Denver remains just one-half game
behind the LA Lakers for the sixth spot. Nene chipped in with 16 points for
the Nuggets. Dirk Nowitzki returned from a bout of food poisoning to score 22
points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who remain on top of the Western
Conference with a comfortable lead. Jason Terry chipped in with 13 points,
while Erick Dampier had 11.
Final Score: LA Lakers 112, Seattle 109
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 46 points, as
the LA Lakers slipped past the Seattle SuperSonics, 112-109, at KeyArena.
Bryant made 13-of-27 shots from the floor and 19-of-24 at the foul line, as he
topped the 40-point plateau for the 16th time this season. Lamar Odom posted
20 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who remained a half game ahead of
the Denver Nuggets for the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
Brian Cook chipped in 11 points in the win, while Luke Walton and Ronny Turiaf
each finished with 10 points. Chris Wilcox turned in 32 points and 18 rebounds
to lead the Sonics, who dropped their fourth consecutive outing. Damien
Wilkins added 25 points in the setback, while Earl Watson logged 16 points and
eight assists. Nick Collison put forth 14 points and the same amount of
rebounds in the losing cause. To make matters worse for Seattle, guard Luke
Ridnour was carried off the court after injuring his left ankle in the first
quarter. He did not return.