Sunday , Apr , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 31
points and 11 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, as Orlando kept
its eye toward the playoffs with a 116-89 pounding of Memphis at Amway Arena.
Howard was 10-of-13 from the floor, Grant Hill finished with 15 points on 7-
of-8 shooting and Hedo Turkoglu netted 15 points as well on 5-of-6 from the
floor. Orlando shot a scorching 58.2 percent as a team, staying a game ahead
of Indiana for the last spot and a game behind New Jersey for the seventh
position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Orlando got set to embark on
a three-game road trip by snapping a brief two- game skid. Chucky Atkins led
Memphis with 18 points and Tarance Kinsey added 15 points. Hakim Warrick and
Pau Gasol donated 14 points apiece for Memphis, which has lost five straight
games.

Final Score: Indiana 105, Boston 98

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Mike Dunleavy finished with 22 points,
eight rebounds and seven assists as the Indiana Pacers downed the short-handed
Boston Celtics, 105-98, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Keith McLeod added 17 points
and Jermaine O’Neal had 14 points and 14 boards for the Pacers, who have won
three of their last four games. Troy Murphy donated 16 points and Danny
Granger 15 for Indiana, which remains one game behind Orlando for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Allen Ray scored 22 points
and Sebastian Telfair 21 for Boston, which has lost four of its last five
games. Rajon Rondo had 14 points and eight assists and Leon Powe registered a
career-high 15 points for the Celtics, who were without Paul Pierce who missed
the game with a sore left elbow.

Final Score: New Jersey 120, Washington 114 (OT)

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter recorded a triple-double
with 46 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, as New Jersey collected a
thrilling, 120-114, overtime victory over Washington at the Continental
Airlines Arena. Jason Kidd also posted a triple-double for the Nets. He
finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds and 18 assists for New Jersey, which has
won three of its last four contests. It was the 11th triple- double for Kidd
this season and the 86th of his career. Richard Jefferson added 27 points for
the Nets, who have defeated Washington in six of the last seven meetings.
Mikki Moore tallied 17 points in the win, while Clifford Robinson posted 10
points off the bench. The victory moved New Jersey to within three games of
Washington in the race for the sixth spot in the East. Antawn Jamison posted a
season-high 37 points for Washington, which has dropped four consecutive
contests. Jarvis Hayes added 29 points for the Wizards, while DeShawn
Stevenson posted 13 points and Darius Songaila chipped in 12.

Final Score: San Antonio 112, Golden State 99

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan posted 28 points and 15
rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs resumed their five-game homestand with a
112-99 win over the Golden State Warriors at the AT&T Center. Manu Ginobili
scored 25 points off the bench for the playoff-bound Spurs, who are 3-0 so far
on the stand and posted a 92-85 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Tony
parker scored 18 points and Michael Finley added 15 for San Antonio, which is
seeded third in the Western Conference. Jason Richardson netted 23 points and
Al Harrington 22 for the Warriors, who are just 1 1/2 games behind the Los
Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western
Conference. Golden State has not seen postseason action since 1994. Baron
Davis scored 17 points, Stephen Jackson 14, and Monta Ellis added 13 in the
loss.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 96, Minnesota 94

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Chris Paul finished with 18 points and 10
assists as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets edged the Minnesota
Timberwolves, 96-94, at the Target Center. Marc Jackson added 15 points and 11
rebounds and Rasual Butler donated 17 points but shot just 5-of-19 for the
Hornets, who have won four of their last five games. David West chipped in
with 15 points and nine boards for New Orleans/Oklahoma City, which entered
the night three games behind the L.A. Clippers for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Western Conference. Rashad McCants scored 17 points and
Mike James 15 for Minnesota, which had won two of three coming in. Kevin
Garnett shot just 5-of-14 for 13 points but did pull down 12 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who entered the night 5 1/2 games behind the Clippers.

Final Score: New York 118, Milwaukee 113 (OT)

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry poured in a career-high 43 points
and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead New York past Milwaukee, 118-113, in overtime
at the Bradley Center. Nate Robinson had 34 points for the Knicks, who snapped
a four-game skid and remain three games behind Orlando with six to play for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Mardy Collins notched a career-
high with 19 points and 12 boards, while Renaldo Balkman donated 10 points off
the bench. Ruben Patterson posted 27 points and Michael Redd chipped in 25 for
the Bucks, who have dropped nine of their last 10 games. Maurice Williams
scored 15 with 10 assists and Ersan Ilyasova and Charlie Bell each added 14
points in defeat.

Final Score: Dallas 86, Portland 74

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Terry scored 29 points, as the Southwest
Division-champion Dallas Mavericks righted the ship after having hit a slight
snag with an 86-74 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opener of a
short two-game homestand at American Airlines Center. Devin Harris scored 18
points for Dallas, which has split its last four games after ripping off nine
straight wins. Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points, and DeSagana Diop and Austin
Croshere both grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose next win or Phoenix
loss will clinch the top seed in the Western Conference. Jarrett Jack scored
18 points for the Blazers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Travis
Outlaw netted 16 points as the only other player in double figures for the
Blazers.

Final Score: Seattle 106, Utah 103

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Rashard Lewis registered 35 points as he
helped lead Seattle to an improbable come from behind 106-103 victory over
Utah from the EnergySolutions Arena. Lewis also collected a team-high eight
rebounds for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing skid. Earl Watson added
15 points and nine assists for the Sonics, while Nick Collison chipped in 14
points in the win. As for the Jazz, they were paced by Deron Williams, as the
guard scored 24 points and dished out a team-best 13 assists. Carlos Boozer
also added a double-double, netting 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
Ronnie Brewer and Paul Millsap both tallied 12 points apiece in the
heartbreaking loss, while Mehmet Okur, Gordan Giricek and Matt Harpring all
chipped in 10 points apiece. It was the third consecutive setback for Utah,
which is now 29-8 on its home floor. The Jazz now leads Houston by one game
for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

Final Score: Denver 96, LA Clippers 93

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 34 points and came up
with a big play in the closing moments as Denver edged the Clippers, 96-93, at
the Staples Center. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, six rebounds and five
assists for the Nuggets, who have won five straight and are tied with the
Lakers for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Nene posted 11 points and
grabbed seven boards, while Steve Blake poured in 10 and dished out nine
assists. Corey Maggette netted 24 points and Elton Brand added 22 with 13
rebounds for the Clippers, who are currently the eighth seed in the West.
Cuttino Mobley chipped in 13, Chris Kaman 12 and Jason Hart 10 in defeat.