Wednesday , Apr , 25 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Anthony Parker scored 26 points and T.J. Ford
hit two free throws with 39.5 seconds remaining to give Toronto the lead, as
the Raptors earned an 89-83 win over New Jersey, tying their Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series after two games. Chris Bosh had 25 points
and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who bounced back from a 96-91 loss on
Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. Ford ended with 13 points. Former Raptor
Vince Carter had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, while teammate
Jason Kidd tallied 14 points, 11 boards and seven assists. Bostjan Nachbar
had 17 points and Richard Jefferson 13 on just 4-of-16 in a losing cause.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Friday at Continental Airlines Arena.

Final Score: Chicago 107, Miami 89

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The defending world champions are in serious
trouble, as Chicago built a large lead, saw it dissipate then surged back en
route to a 107-89 victory over Miami to take its second consecutive game in
their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. In crunch time, it was Luol
Deng playing the role of Miami star Dwyane Wade, carrying the Bulls through a
late Heat flurry. Deng scored 16 of the team’s 18 points during one stretch
— scoring 14 points in the fourth and 12 over the course of the other three
quarters. The Duke product converted eight of his final nine shots. If Deng
was the key late, Ben Gordon was the player in the groove early. Gordon
scored 27 points, including five three-pointers, while Kirk Hinrich added
14 points and eight assists. Ben Wallace scored nine points, grabbed six
rebounds and blocked three shots, but more importantly kept Shaquille
O’Neal from dominating the game. O’Neal had 17 points and eight boards,
while Wade scored a team-high 21 on 9-of-19 shooting. The defending
champions now head home for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday in a
2-0 series hole, and without an answer for Gordon and Deng. The duo combined
for 53 points Tuesday after scoring 24 and 33 points respectively in a 96-91
victory at the United Center last Saturday.

Final Score: Phoenix 126, LA Lakers 98

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Leandro Barbosa poured in 26 point as the
Phoenix Suns embarrassed the Los Angeles Lakers, 126-98, in Game 2 of their
first-round playoff series. The Suns needed a second-half rally in Game 1
to edge the Lakers, 95-87. Tuesday’s contest, however, was over by halftime
as Phoenix won going away. Barbosa, who was awarded his Sixth Man of the
Year Award prior to the game, shot 11-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-8 from
three-point range and Amare Stoudemire had 20 points, nine rebounds and
four blocks for the Suns, who outscored LA, 37-22, in the decisive second
quarter. Reigning two-time MVP Steve Nash had 16 points and 14 assists
while Shawn Marion had 18 points and 10 boards for Phoenix. Kobe Bryant went
just 5-of-13 from the floor and finished with just 15 points for the Lakers,
who have lost five straight to Phoenix in the postseason. To add insult to
injury, Bryant landed hard on his right ankle in the fourth quarter and
left the game. Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday at the Staples Center in LA.