Monday , Apr , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored six of his 14
points in the final three minutes as Detroit held off Cleveland, 87-82, at The
Palace of Auburn Hills. Billups also dished out 12 assists for the
Pistons, who remain comfortably atop both the Central Division and the
Eastern Conference. Richard Hamilton added 21 points, while Antonio McDyess
chipped in with 18 points and a season- high 13 rebounds for Detroit. LeBron
James finished with 20 points after going scoreless in the first quarter
for the Cavaliers, who fell four games behind Detroit in the Central. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas tallied 15 points and Sasha Pavlovic chipped in with 14 points.

Final Score: Phoenix 115, LA Lakers 107

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Steve Nash scored 25 points and dished out
11 assists as the Phoenix Suns held off the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-107.
Leandro Barbosa scored 23 points off the bench and Raja Bell went a perfect 6-
for-6 from three-point range and finished with 22 points for the Suns, who
moved 2 1/2 games in front of idle San Antonio for the second seed in the
Western Conference. Kobe Bryant poured in 34 points and had seven
assists, while Smush Parker scored 25 points for the Lakers, who moved a
half game behind Denver for the sixth spot in the West. Los Angeles
squares off the with the Nuggets on Monday.

Final Score: Toronto 103, Chicago 89

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Anthony Parker hit six three-pointers and
finished with a career-high 27 points as the surging Toronto Raptors crushed
the Chicago Bulls, 103-89. Chris Bosh went 12-of-14 from the free throw line
and ended with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Atlantic Division champion
Raptors, who won for the sixth time in seven contests and moved within 1
1/2 games of Chicago for second place in the Eastern Conference. Parker
went 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, as Toronto also moved two games in front of
Miami for the third spot. Joey Graham tied a career-high with 19 points
and nine rebounds and Juan Dixon scored 17 points off the bench for
Toronto, which set a new franchise record with 28 home wins. Ben Gordon had
27 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Bulls, who saw their three-
game winning streak come to an end. Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng each had 13
points for Chicago, which is tied with Cleveland in the standings, but owns
the tiebreaker, leaving the Cavaliers in the fifth spot in the East.

Final Score: Charlotte 111, Miami 103 (OT)

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Gerald Wallace scored 30 points and Walter
Herrmann hit two big threes in the final minute of overtime, as the Charlotte
Bobcats spoiled Dwyane Wade’s return to the Heat with a 111-103 triumph. Wade
returned to game action, less than two months after suffering a
dislocated left shoulder. He didn’t start, but finished with 12 points,
shooting just 3-of-9 from the field and 6-of-12 from the charity stripe while
dishing out eight assists and committing six turnovers. Alonzo Mourning
scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Jason Kapono added 19, shooting 7-
for-9 from the field for the Heat, who had a three-game winning streak
snapped. Shaquille O’Neal had 15 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which
fell two games behind Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern
Conference. The Heat are also 2 1/2 games ahead of Washington for the lead in
the Southeast Division. Raymond Felton had 16 points and Herrmann added 15
for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games. Emeka Okafor
and Brevin Knight scored 13 apiece for Charlotte, which matched a franchise-
high with 20 steals.

Final Score: Philadelphia 109, Atlanta 104 (OT)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and dished
out eight assists, as the Sixers rallied from a big deficit to beat Atlanta,
109-104, in overtime. Joe Smith had 18 points and Samuel Dalembert
contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Philadelphia,
which won for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings against the Hawks. The
Sixers went 35-of-42 at the foul line, with Iguodala’s 13-of-14 effort
leading the way. Tyronn Lue had 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists
for the Hawks, who led by as many as 17, but faltered in the final two
minutes of regulation. Marvin Williams ended with 21 points and nine boards,
as Atlanta lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Final Score: Houston 112, Sacramento 106

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady didn’t seem slowed by an
ailing back Sunday night, as he poured in 40 points, pulled down eight
rebounds and dished out 10 assists, leading Houston to a 112-106 win over the
Kings. McGrady, who didn’t start the previous game due to a back
injury, shot 14-of-28 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line, as the
Rockets snapped a three-game skid and moved within a half-game of Utah for
the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Yao Ming and Luther Head
each added 18 points for Houston, which swept all three games from Sacramento
this season. Kevin Martin had 24 points and Francisco Garcia 16 for the Kings,
who lost for the 13th time in 16 games.