Sunday , Apr , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Dwight Howard poured in 35 points, grabbed
11 rebounds and dished out five assists as Orlando cruised past Philadelphia,
104-87, at the Wachovia Center. Darko Milicic scored 14 points with seven
boards and Hedo Turkoglu added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, who
have won three of their last four games. The Magic hold the eighth playoff
spot in the Eastern Conference and can earn the playoff berth by winning
out. Orlando extended its lead to two games over the ninth-place Pacers. Grant
Hill had 11 points and Jameer Nelson finished with 10 for the Magic, who
finished 53 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller netted 18 points and
pulled down eight boards for the Sixers, who had a three-game winning
streak halted and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Louis Williams each chipped in 14 points in
defeat.

Final Score: Cleveland 110, Atlanta 76

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James had 23 points, six assists and
five rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 110-76 rout of the Atlanta
Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena. Sasha Pavlovic added 15 points and six assists
and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 11 boards for the Cavs, who
moved into a tie with the idle Chicago Bulls for the second spot in the
Eastern Conference playoff race with two games to play for both teams. The
Bulls, though, own the tiebreaker and will secure the second seed if the two
teams finish the regular season tied. Larry Hughes tallied 13 points for
Cleveland, which has won two straight after alternating wins and loses the
previous 10 contests. Josh Smith returned from his two-game team imposed
suspension to score a team- high 23 points and grab seven rebounds for the
Hawks, who have lost two straight after winning two of three. Smith was
forced to sit the last two games after a on-court argument with head coach
Mike Woodson last Sunday.

Final Score: Memphis 133, Denver 118

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Chucky Atkins posted 28 points and 12 assists,
as the NBA-worst Memphis Grizzlies surprised the red-hot Denver Nuggets with a
133-118 win at the FedExForum. Denver is the sixth seed in the Western
Conference playoff race and will play Phoenix or San Antonio in the opening
round of the postseason. Tarence Kinsey also netted a career-high 28 points
for Memphis, which snapped a six-game losing streak. Hakim Warrick notched 20
points and 11 rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 10 boards.
Dahntay Jones also scored 15, and Stromile Swift added 12 points off the
bench. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points for the Nuggets, who had their
season-high eight-game winning streak ended. Nene posted 22 points and 10
boards, while J.R. Smith scored 19. Allen Iverson scored 16 points and Marcus
Camby added 14 points and 11 boards.

Final Score: Houston 123, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 112

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Yao Ming scored 30 points, and Tracy McGrady
had 25 points and 10 assists as the Houston Rockets topped the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 123-112. Rafer Alston had 21 points and 13
assists for Houston, which won its fourth straight to move a step closer to
clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Luther
Head scored 15 points, and Shane Battier added 14 points. David West tied a
season-high with 33 points, and Chris Paul scored 20 points and doled out 15
assists for the Hornets, who have lost two straight to move to the brink of
elimination from postseason contention. The Hornets are now 2 1/2 games
behind the Clippers and Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Western Conference, with only two games to play. Golden State and Los Angeles
each have three games left. The Hornets played without center Tyson
Chandler, who missed his fifth straight game with an injured left big toe.

Final Score: Phoenix 126, Utah 98

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa came off the bench and
poured in 28 points as the Phoenix Suns routed the Utah Jazz, 126-98, at
EnergySolutions Arena. Raja Bell added 18 points for the Pacific Division
champion Suns, who have won five straight and remain the second seed in
the Western Conference playoff race. Steve Nash netted 13 points and dished
out 18 assists while Amare Stoudemire added 14 points and 11 rebounds in
the victory for Phoenix, which converted 30-of-31 free throws. Mehmet Okur
had 20 points and 10 boards for the Northwest Division champion Jazz, who
remain the fourth-seed in the West. Carlos Boozer donated 18 points and pulled
down 10 boards in the loss. Utah, which has dropped six of its last seven
games, is now two games behind Houston in the battle for home-court
advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Final Score: Charlotte 113, Milwaukee 92

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Walter Herrmann scored a career-high 30
points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace Charlotte to a 113-92 rout of the
Milwaukee Bucks. Alan Anderson posted a career-best 24 points and Derek
Anderson 21 for the Bobcats, who won for the third time in four contests.
They have one game remaining in the season, home against New York on
Wednesday. That will mark the final game for Bobcats coach Bernie
Bickerstaff. Michael Jordan, managing member of basketball operations,
announced last month that Bickerstaff will not return as the team’s head coach
next year. As for Herrmann, he finished the night 12-of-15 from the
field, including 6-of-8 from three-point range. Charlotte had great
distribution by tying a season-high with 39 assists, led by 11 from Jeff
McInnis. The Bobcats shot 60 percent from the field. Maurice Williams had 16
points for Milwaukee, which had dropped 12 of its last 14 games. Dan
Gadzuric added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, while Lynn Greer also
scored 14.

Final Score: Portland 108, Seattle 102

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Jarrett Jack scored 25 points and Travis
Outlaw tied a career-high with 22 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers
over the Seattle SuperSonics, 108-102, at the Rose Garden. Martell Webster
added 17 points and six rebounds for the Blazers, who ended a four-game
slide. Jamaal Magloire had nine points and 15 boards for Portland, which won
for the third time in 11 outings. Rashard Lewis had 29 points and Chris
Wilcox tallied 20 points and 11 boards for the Sonics, who have dropped three
straight. Mike Wilks tallied 17 points and a career-high 11 assists for
Seattle, which has dropped seven of eight.