Tuesday , Apr , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points as the Dallas
Mavericks clinched home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs with a
96-86 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Jerry
Stackhouse added 18 points for Southwest Division champion Dallas, which
clinched the top mark in the Western Conference. The Mavs, winners in 12 of
their last 14, lead second place Phoenix by six games with five to play.
Josh Howard tallied 16 points and Devin Harris had 14 for the Mavs, who gave
the Clippers a taste of what the postseason will be like if they qualify.
The Clippers fell into a tie for the final playoff spot with Golden State.
The Warriors beat the Utah Jazz, 126-102, on Monday night. Los Angeles,
though, has six games remaining compared to just four for the Warriors.
Corey Maggette scored 24 points to lead Los Angeles, which has dropped two in
a row after a three-game win streak. Elton Brand added 20 points for the
Clippers.

Final Score: Detroit 91, New York 83

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 22 points and dished
out six assists to lead the Detroit Pistons over the New York Knicks, 91-83,
at Madison Square Garden. Richard Hamilton added 19 points and seven rebounds
for the Pistons, who have won five of six and increased their Eastern
Conference lead over Chicago and Cleveland to 4 1/2 games. The Bulls and
Cavaliers were both off on Monday. Tayshaun Prince had 12 points and eight
rebounds and Antonio McDyess tallied 11 points with 13 boards for Detroit,
which used seven straight points down the stretch to pull away. Nate Robinson
and Eddy Curry each scored 24 points to lead the Knicks, whose playoff life
is fading. Channing Frye had 11 points and Mardy Collins 10 for New York,
which has lost 11 of 14 and fell four games behind Orlando for the final
playoff spot with just five games to play. The Magic won at Milwaukee Monday
night.

Final Score: Orlando 117, Milwaukee 94

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 25 points, as the Magic
continued their push for a playoff spot with a 117-94 pounding of the
Milwaukee Bucks. Dwight Howard was a force with 15 points and 11 rebounds
for Orlando, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of idle Indiana for the eighth and
final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Magic, winners of two
straight, are also just a half-game behind New Jersey, which didn’t play
Monday. Orlando, which shot 62.5 percent from the field, has five games
remaining, including the next two on the road, against Detroit on
Wednesday and Philadelphia on Saturday. Turkoglu led the way for the Magic by
going 10-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Ersan Ilyasova had 18 points for Milwaukee, which has lost 10 of its last 11
games. The Bucks, who are 17-21 at the Bradley Center, are assured their first
home losing season since the 1996-97 campaign. Earlier Monday, the Bucks
announced Michael Redd will miss the remainder of the season after
aggravating his left knee injury in Saturday’s loss to the New York Knicks.
Redd played in 53 games this season and averaged a career- high 26.7
points, which is the highest scoring average for a Bucks player since
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged 30 during the 1974-75 campaign.

Final Score: San Antonio 112, Portland 96

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker poured in a game-high 30
points and Tim Duncan added 15, as San Antonio continued to ride momentum
toward the playoffs with a convincing 112-96 victory over Portland at the AT&T
Center. The Spurs continued their domination of the Trail Blazers, winning
their ninth straight in the series. San Antonio has now won four straight
and 23 of 26 overall. Manu Ginobili donated 12 points and Bruce Bowen
collected 10 points for San Antonio, which shot 59 percent from the floor
and pulled away in the final stanza. Portland continued its struggles
without star forward Zach Randolph, dropping its second straight after
consecutive victories over Utah and Houston. Jarrett Jack led the Trail
Blazers with 19 points and eight assists, while Jamaal Magloire also scored
19 points. Brandon Roy recorded 15 points with five rebounds and four
assists.

Final Score: Toronto 111, Minnesota 100

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Anthony Parker drained five three-pointers
and finished with 24 points, as the Toronto Raptors downed the Minnesota
Timberwolves, 111-100, at the Target Center. T.J. Ford added 17 points and
10 assists for the playoff-bound Raptors, who have won four straight and seven
of their last eight games. Chris Bosh contributed 16 points and a game-high
13 rebounds in the victory, while Juan Dixon came off the bench to score 13
points. Bosh has recorded a double-double in nine straight games. Toronto,
which is currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference, now trails
idle Chicago by one game for the second spot. Ricky Davis poured in 28
points and donated eight assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost
six of their last eight games. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 10 rebounds and
six assists, and Craig Smith also had 17 points.

Final Score: Houston 95, Seattle 90

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Yao Ming scored 31 points and grabbed seven
rebounds and Tracy McGrady scored 27 points to lead the Houston Rockets over
the Seattle SuperSonics, 95-90, at KeyArena. Rafer Alston was the only other
Houston player in double figures, scoring 16 points. The Rockets have won
two straight and remain firmly entrenched in the fifth spot in the Western
Conference playoff race. McGrady and Yao combined to hit 20-of-43 shots from
the floor for the Rockets, who are perfect on their current three-game road
trip that ends in Portland on Wednesday. Rashard Lewis scored 20 points for
the Sonics, who have lost five of six. Lewis ended the game with 10,154
career points, moving into sole possession of fourth place on the team’s
all-time scoring list. He passed Shawn Kemp’s 10,148. Mikael Gelabale had
13 points and Damien Wilkins tallied 13 points for Seattle.

Final Score: Denver 115, LA Lakers 111

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony came through in the clutch with
three free throws, and Kobe Bryant didn’t by missing an off-balance three
to tie in the final seconds, as Denver outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers,
115-111, in a pivotal game for Western Conference playoff position. The
Nuggets staved off a spirited Lakers comeback to win their sixth straight
contest and over 1 1/2 games in front of Los Angeles for sixth place in the
Western Conference. Denver has five games remaining, while the Lakers have
four left on the slate. Anthony scored 33 points and finished 14-of-16 from
the charity stripe while Allen Iverson had 24 points for the Nuggets. Brian
Cook was one of five Lakers in double figures with 10 points. Bryant scored a
team-high 23 points, but needed 30 shots with only nine conversions. Luke
Walton added 19 points, Lamar Odom battled foul trouble for 18 points and
Andrew Bynum recorded 16 points for the Lakers, who have dropped four of five
and six of eight.

Final Score: Golden State 126, Utah 102

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, and Golden
State continued its push for the playoffs with a 126-102 rout of the Utah
Jazz. Baron Davis had 19 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who moved
into a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final
postseason spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers lost at Dallas
Monday night. Golden State has just four games left in the regular season,
while LA has six. Monta Ellis and Matt Barnes each added 16 points,
while Al Harrington contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the
Warriors, who at 38-40 are trying to end 12 straight years of a losing
record. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1994. Golden State won for
the fifth time in six games. Ronnie Brewer had 21 points for the Jazz, who
have lost four in a row, but remain entrenched in the fourth position in the
West as the Northwest Division champions. However, the Jazz are now a
half-game behind Houston for the fourth-best record in the conference.