Thursday , Apr , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups posted 28 points and
eight assists, as the Detroit Pistons got their third straight win,
clinching the Central Division for the third straight year, with a 104-99
triumph over the Orlando Magic. Richard Hamilton scored 21 points for the
Pistons, who are guaranteed of home-court advantage throughout the
Eastern Conference playoffs. Tayshaun Prince netted 17 points and Antonio
McDyess added 14 off the bench for the Pistons, who have won six of their
last seven games. Grant Hill netted 22 points for the Magic, who had a two-
game winning streak snapped and are eighth in the Eastern Conference, just 1
1/2 games behind No. 7 New Jersey and one game ahead of Indiana. Jameer
Nelson and Keyon Dooling both scored 17 points, and Dwight Howard added 12
points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: Miami 85, Washington 82

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Alonzo Mourning, starting in place of Shaquille
O’Neal, jammed for the go-ahead points and then came up with a blocked shot in
the final seconds, helping Miami to its third straight Southeast Division
title with an 85-82 victory over Washington. Mourning ended with nine points
and five blocked shots, and was in the lineup for O’Neal, who was late getting
back to Miami after his grandfather’s funeral on Tuesday. Antoine Walker had
19 points and Dwyane Wade added 16 for the Heat, who won for the fourth
time in six games and prevented Washington of any chance to rally in the
final week-plus to possibly overtake them for the division crown. The Heat,
who were coming off back-to-back losses to Charlotte, also got 10 points from
Eddie Jones.

Final Score: Indiana 104, Milwaukee 98

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Mike Dunleavy poured in 25 points, and the
struggling Indiana Pacers stayed alive in the hunt for the eighth playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference with a 104-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Danny
Granger scored 18 points and tallied 10 assists for the Pacers, who have gone
4-6 in their last 10 games, but pulled to within one game of the Orlando Magic
for the last playoff spot in the East. Orlando fell to Detroit on
Wednesday. Darrell Armstrong and Jermaine O’Neal had 16 points each for the
Pacers, and O’Neal added nine rebounds. Maurice Williams scored 23 points
for the Bucks, who have lost four straight and 11 of 12. Dan Gadzuric had a
season-high 18 points and 13 rebounds, and David Noel had a career-high 18
points as well.

Final Score: Denver 115, Utah 106

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony poured in 32 points as
the red-hot Denver Nuggets topped the Utah Jazz, 115-106, to extend their
season-high winning streak to seven straight games. Allen Iverson scored 22
points and dished out 12 assists for the Nuggets, who tightened their grip on
the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. They are now two games
ahead of the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Nene finished with 19 points
and eight rebounds for Denver, which saw all five of its starters reach
double-figures. Steve Blake donated 16 points, while Marcus Camby chipped in
with 13 points and pulled down 13 boards. Matt Harpring scored a team-high
31 points for the Jazz, who have dropped a season-worst five straight and
11 of their last 16 overall. Utah has already won the Northwest title and is
the fourth seed in the West. Mehmet Okur had 20 points, Carlos Boozer scored
19 points and had 14 rebounds, and Deron Williams finished with 18 points and
14 assists for the Jazz.

Final Score: Phoenix 109, Seattle 91

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion scored 24 points and grabbed 10
rebounds as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 109-91. Leandro
Barbosa scored 20 points off the bench and Amare Stoudemire posted 18 points
and 11 boards for the Suns, who have won three in a row and six of their
last seven overall. Raja Bell added 14 points while Steve Nash had 11 points
and nine assists for Phoenix, which is currently the second seed in the
Western Conference, two games in front of third place San Antonio. Rashard
Lewis poured in a game-high 30 points and Mike Wilks had 20 for the Sonics,
who have lost six of their last seven overall.

Final Score: San Antonio 109, Sacramento 100

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan poured in 26 points, pulled down
13 rebounds and blocked four shots in San Antonio’s 109-100 win over the
Sacramento Kings. Michael Finley added 19 points, while Tony Parker tallied
14 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight
game and beat the Kings for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Manu
Ginobili also scored 14 for the Spurs, who hold the third seed in the
Western Conference. Mike Bibby and Francisco Garcia each had 22 points for the
Kings, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests.

Final Score: Houston 99, Portland 95

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady posted 32 points, eight rebounds
and seven assists, as the Houston Rockets wrapped up a three-game road
trip with a 99-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Yao Ming notched 27
points and 12 boards for the Rockets, who are the fifth seed in the Western
Conference playoff standings. Rafer Alston netted 23 points for Houston,
which went 3-0 on the swing. Brandon Roy scored 20 points for Portland, which
is on a three-game skid. Fred Jones scored 18 points, Travis Outlaw 16, and
Jamaal Magloire added 13 points and 10 boards for Portland, which has lost
seven of its last nine games.

Final Score: Dallas 105, Minnesota 88

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Austin Croshere led a balanced Dallas
scoring attack with 19 points as the Mavericks cruised to a 105-88 victory
over Minnesota. Jason Terry and Josh Howard each scored 16 points and Devean
George had 14 for the Mavericks, who have already clinched the best record
in the league and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. Jerry
Stackhouse (sore knee), Erick Dampier (strained right shoulder) and Dirk
Nowitzki (sore left ankle) each had the night off for Dallas. Center
DeSagana Diop got a rare start and finished with 10 points and 15
rebounds for the Mavs, who won their franchise-record 30th road win of the
season. Justin Reed scored 17 points off the bench and Mike James and Craig
Smith each had 14 for the Timberwolves, who have dropped seven of their last
nine.

Final Score: Philadelphia 102, Boston 94

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Steven Hunter matched a career-high with 20
points and Andre Miller added 19 points as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for
a 102-94 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. Louis Williams
scored 18 points, tying a career-high, and Joe Smith added 16 for
Philadelphia, which has won three in a row and four of its last five
games. Willie Green registered 12 points and Samuel Dalembert 11 for the
76ers, who outscored Boston 55-36 in the second half. Ryan Gomes scored 26
points and Gerald Green added 22 for Boston, which has lost five straight
games. Allan Ray donated 15 points and Rajon Rondo 12 for the Celtics, who
will be without Paul Pierce for the remainder of the season due to a sore
left elbow.