Friday , May , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and
pulled down nine rebounds, as the Utah Jazz beat Houston, 94-82, forcing a
deciding Game 7 in their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Mehmet Okur
tallied 19 points and nine boards, and Andrei Kirilenko came up big with 14
points and five blocked shots for the Jazz, who have recorded all three of
their wins at home in this series. However, they will have to win on Saturday
in Houston if they are to advance out of the opening round for the first
time since 2000. Deron Williams had 15 points and eight assists, and Okur
nailed 4-of-7 shots from three-point range for Utah, which is in the
playoffs for the first time since 2003, but has lost three consecutive
times in the conference quarterfinals. Tracy McGrady ended with 26 points
and 10 assists, but struggled by shooting 1-for-8 from the field in the
second half for the Rockets, who also haven’t been past the first round in a
long time. They’ve lost four straight times in the opening round, previously
advancing in 1997, when Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler
were on the team. Yao Ming contributed 25 points, but had eight of Houston’s
19 turnovers. Rafer Alston scored 13 in a losing cause.

Final Score: Golden State 111, Dallas 86

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – A gutsy performance from Baron Davis and sharp
shooting from Stephen Jackson helped the Warriors make NBA history, sending
Dallas and the league’s probable MVP home early from the playoffs. Jackson
scored 33 points, going 7-of-8 from three-point range, and Davis, hobbling
most of the night after straining his hamstring in the first quarter, added
20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, as Golden State used a huge third
quarter to beat the Mavericks, 111-86, clinching their Western
Conference quarterfinal series in six games. Golden State scored 18 straight
points in the third, a period in which the Warriors outscored Mavericks,
36-15. The Warriors, who surrendered the final 15 points in losing Game 5
Tuesday, became the first eight seed to knock off a top seed in a best-of-
seven series. Don Nelson, who was at the helm of the Mavericks from
1997-2005, saw the Warriors move out of the first round of the playoffs for
the first time since 1991. Nelson was also the coach of the team then, when
the Warriors beat San Antonio in the opening round. Dirk Nowitzki was limited
to eight points on 2-of-13 shooting as the Mavericks failed to corral the
fast-paced Warriors, who were energized by a crowd of 20,677, the largest
crowd to see a basketball game in California. Golden State, in the
postseason for the first time since 1994, will play either Utah or
Houston in the conference semifinal. That series is headed to a deciding Game
7 on Saturday.