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NBA Today - April 4

NBA Today - April 4

NBA Today - April 4
Wed, Apr 4, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 4

L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. EDT). The Clippers lead Golden State by 1 1-2 games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

STARS Tuesday

-LeBron James, Cavaliers, returned from a one-game absence with 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in Cleveland's 101-88 win against Minnesota.

-Marcus Camby, Nuggets, had 21 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks as Denver beat the Lakers 111-105 to move within 1 1/2 games of sixth-place Los Angeles in the Western Conference.

-Gerald Wallace, Bobcats, had 34 points and 14 rebounds, leading Charlotte to a 122-102 victory over Washington.

-Tyson Chandler, Hornets, had 20 rebounds and 18 points as New Orleans handed Milwaukee its seventh straight loss, 119-101.

SURGING

Detroit won for the fifth time in six games Tuesday night, 100-85 over Indiana to move closer to the Central Division title. ... Miami moved back into first in the Southeast Division, one-half game ahead of Washington following a 92-89 victory over Toronto.

SLUMPING

Indiana's 100-85 loss to Detroit on Tuesday night guaranteed the Pacers their first losing season in a decade, also the last time they missed the playoffs. ... Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games, 122-102 to Charlotte, leaving the Wizards a half-game behind Miami for first place in the Southeast Division. ... Sacramento has lost four straight and 11 of 13 following a 97-93 loss to Dallas, which played without leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki.

SCORING

Kobe Bryant scored 39 points in the Lakers' 111-105 loss to Denver on Tuesday night, becoming the youngest NBA player to reach 19,000 career points, ahead of Michael Jordan.

SWEEPS

San Antonio swept the four-game series with Seattle, winning 110-91 Tuesday night. The Spurs are 29-4 when scoring at least 100 points.

BOARDS

Tyson Chandler had 20 rebounds to set the Hornets' single-season rebounding mark Tuesday with 901, while Milwaukee's 25 rebounds and only four offensive rebounds were season lows as New Orleans defeated the Bucks 119-101.

NOT ENOUGH

Lamar Odom had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Lakers' first triple-double this season, but Los Angeles lost to Denver 111-105 Tuesday night. The win was just the Nuggets' second in their last 20 games against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

HOW'S THAT?

Miami's Shaquille O'Neal was 5-for-5 from the field in the first half, but 0-for-6 from the foul line in Tuesday night's 92-89 victory over Toronto.

SIDELINED

Atlanta guard Josh Childress will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot. Childress averaged 13 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals, leading the team with a .504 field-goal percentage.

FINED

New York coach Isiah Thomas was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for questioning the treatment Stephon Marbury is getting from referees after the Knicks' 103-94 loss to New Orleans on Saturday night.

SPEAKING

''They seemed like they were the team fighting for playoff position and we were the team that was going home in the next nine or 10 days.'' - Washington forward Antawn Jamison after a 122-102 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday night.

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Hawks guard Josh Childress out for season with foot fracture
Tue, Apr 3, 2007
By Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Hawks guard Josh Childress will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot.

The team announced the injury Tuesday and said Childress, a first-round draft pick from Stanford in 2004, is expected to recover in four to six weeks.

Childress is averaging 13 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals, mostly coming off the bench, this season. He is the team leader in field goal percentage at .504.

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers pretty much ruled out Paul Pierce (elbow) for tonight, saying he might return Friday.

Rockets Luther Head (shoulder) practiced Tuesday and is expected to play tonight.

Coach Mike Dunleavy said that the MRI on Sam Cassell's back did not reveal damage, but said he's still considered out indefinitely because of back spasms.

76ers Andre Iguodala (sore back) and and Kyle Korver (sore right wrist) sat out practice on Tuesday, but are each expected to suit up tonight.

Warriors Baron Davis is questionable (disciplinary)

Warriors Monta Ellis is probable (back).

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Knicks Steve Francis (ankle) is not expected to play tonight.

Bulls Ben Wallace will miss tonight's game due to a sinus infection according to the Detroit News.

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Rookie Aldridge out indefinitely
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Trail Blazers rookie LaMarcus Aldridge is out indefinitely after experiencing dizziness and a rapid heartbeat.

He played seven minutes in Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers before he was taken to the hospital. After he wore a heart monitor for 24 hours, the team asked for additional tests on Aldridge, initially diagnosed with dehydration.
The nature of the tests was not revealed.

"We are going to run more tests and get a more accurate diagnosis so we can treat it," Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said. "That's the biggest thing right now. We're in a ruling-out process."

Travis Outlaw was expected to start in Aldridge's place Wednesday night for Portland's game against the Utah Jazz. Aldridge had taken over the starter's job when Joel Przybilla had season-ending knee surgery.

The Blazers also signed center Luke Schenscher for the remainder of the season.

Portland signed the 7-foot-1 Schenscher to a 10-day contract from the development league's Fort Worth Flyers on March 15, and re-signed him to another 10-day contract March 25.

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