Tuesday , Apr , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Tracy McGrady posted 39 points, 11 rebounds
and nine assists, as the Houston Rockets held off the Phoenix Suns, 120-117,
at the Toyota Center. With the win, Houston earned home-court advantage
against the Northwest Division champion and fourth-seeded Utah Jazz in
the first round of the playoffs. Phoenix won the Pacific Division and
is the second seed in the Western Conference standings, while the
Rockets notched their best record since 1997. Yao Ming notched 34 points
and nine boards for Houston, which has won five in a row and played its final
home game of the campaign. Shane Battier scored 17 points, and Rafer Alston
added 11 points and nine assists. Amare Stoudemire netted 30 points for
Phoenix, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Shawn Marion scored
27 points, and Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists. James Jones also
scored 15 points, and Leandro Barbosa added 14 off the bench.

Final Score: Utah 130, Portland 93

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer scored 26 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a convincing 130-93 win over the
Portland Trail Blazers. Gordan Giricek added 21 points for the Jazz, who
will end the season as the Western Conference’s four seed, but won’t have
home-court advantage in its first-round series against fifth-seeded Houston.
Paul Millsap and Mehmet Okur each had 16 points and Deron Williams and Derek
Fisher each had 13 for the Jazz, who have won two of three. Travis Outlaw
had 26 points to lead Portland, which has lost five of six. Martell Webster
added 14 points and Dan Dickau tallied 13 for the Blazers, who end their
season on Wednesday at home against Golden State.

Final Score: New Jersey 104, New York 95

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Vince Carter recorded his fourth career
triple-double as New Jersey bested New York, 104-95 ,at Madison Square Garden.
Carter scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for
the Nets, who won their third straight contest and moved within one-half
game of idle Washington for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff
race. The Nets will close out the 2006-07 regular-season schedule on
Wednesday versus Chicago at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey. Steve
Francis had 26 points for the Knicks, who dropped their fifth straight game
and lost for the 13th time in 15 contests.

Final Score: Denver 122, Minnesota 107

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Allen Iverson scored 25 points, as the playoff-
bound Denver Nuggets got back on the winning track with a 122-107 victory over
the disappointing Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center. Denver is the
sixth seed in the Western Conference and will face the third-seeded San
Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. Linas Kleiza posted 23
points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won nine of their last 10
games. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points, and Nene added 18 points and 10
boards. Randy Foye had 19 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which is
on a six-game losing streak. Justin Reed also scored 19 points and Mark
Blount added 18. Craig Smith notched 16 points and nine boards, while Bracey
Wright scored 13 points.

Final Score: Memphis 101, San Antonio 91

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Pau Gasol poured in 25 points and grabbed 15
rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 101-91.
Locked into the third seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs rested stars
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and Memphis, the worst team in the
NBA, took advantage. Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and Dahntay Jones had 16
for the Grizzlies, who have won two in a row after a six-game losing streak.
James White and Michael Finley each scored 17 points for the Spurs, who have
dropped two straight after a six-game winning streak.

Final Score: Boston 91, Miami 89

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Al Jefferson drained a turnaround hook shot with
0.1 seconds left on the clock as the Boston Celtics escaped with a 91-89
victory over the Miami Heat. Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds and
Delonte West finished with a game-high 28 points for the Celtics, who will
wrap up their 2006-07 season on Wednesday against the Pistons at home. Jason
Williams and Jason Kapono each scored 16 points and Shaquille O’Neal had
14 points and seven rebounds in limited action for the Heat, who sat most of
their regulars in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Milwaukee 102, Atlanta 96

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Maurice Williams scored 26 points, dished out
seven assists and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the
Atlanta Hawks, 102-96, at the Bradley Center. Reuben Patterson added 23
points for the Bucks, who have won two of three after losing four
straight. Charlie Bell had 14 points for Milwaukee, which ended its home
schedule with an 18-23 mark. Marvin Williams had 21 points and nine
rebounds to lead Atlanta, which has dropped three straight. Josh Smith
added 17 points and 10 boards and Shelden Williams had 16 points and 17
rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped 13 in a row on the road, ending their
road schedule with a 12-29 mark.

Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 125, Sacramento 118

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – David West scored 25 points as New
Orleans/Oklahoma City edged Sacramento, 125-118, at ARCO Arena. Chris Paul
added 23 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who snapped an 11-game skid
in Sacramento and will visit the LA Clippers on Wednesday in their season
finale. Devin Brown and Bobby Jackson added 20 points apiece. Ron Artest
tallied 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Kings, who are now
20-20 at home this season and will finish their campaign against the LA
Lakers on Wednesday. Mike Bibby and Francisco Garcia both netted 17 points
and Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 15.