Basketball News and Notes April 8

Basketball News and Notes April 8

NBA Today - April 8
Sun, Apr 8, 2007
By Associated Press

Chicago at Toronto (6 p.m. EDT). The Raptors clinched their first division title on Friday night. Oddsmakers have listed Toronto as 2-point favorites and the total is set at 193.

STARS Friday

-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 46 points and Los Angeles beat Seattle 112-109.

-Danny Granger, Pacers, scored a career-high 32 points to lead Indiana's 112-102 win over Charlotte.

-Baron Davis, Warriors, had 31 points and nine assists to lead Golden State to a 116-104 victory over Memphis.

UGLY

Dallas shot just 36 percent in Friday night's 75-71 loss to Denver. Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 22 points, was 9-of-23 from the floor and Jason Terry was 6-of-20 for 13 points for the Mavericks. The Nuggets were even worse, shooting 35.5 percent. Allen Iverson was 9-for-23 for 22 points, and Carmelo Anthony was 7-for-21 for 23 points.

UNSTOPPA-BULLS

Chicago beat New Jersey 105-74 Friday night for its seventh win in eight games and moved within 2 1/2 games of Detroit for first-place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. Chicago holds the tiebreaker over Cleveland and both are 46-31.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack combined for 47 points to lead Portland over Houston 85-78 Friday night. Roy, a rookie, scored 24 points and the second-year Jack had 23 for the Trail Blazers, who were missing star Zach Randolph.
TWIN BILLS

Steve Nash had 15 points and 12 assists in Phoenix's 103-95 win over New Orleans on Friday night, matching a career best with his 49th double-double of the season.

KEEPING PACE

Indiana kept its playoff hopes alive by beating Charlotte 112-102 Friday night and drawing within a game of idle Orlando for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

SO CLOSE

Dallas lost its chance of joining the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to win 70 games, after Friday night's 75-71 loss to Denver. The best the Mavericks (62-13) can do is 69 wins.

SPEAKING

''We have a tape that we can show them that they can be a great defensive team. We play defense and we're going to find answers offensively. I've said that since the day we made the (Allen Iverson) trade. I think we're a dangerous basketball team.'' - Denver coach George Karl after Denver's 75-71 win over Dallas on Friday night. The Nuggets held the Mavericks to just 36 percent shooting.

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Sunday: Rockets Tracy McGrady (back) is questionable

Rockets Yao Ming (back) is doubtful.

Hawks Zaza Pachulia (ankle) is doubtful

Kings Brad Miller (foot) is questionable

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Jazz Andre Kirilenko has a left thumb fracture and will be out the next week or two according to the Deseret News.

Bulls Andres Nocioni (foot) joined practice and should make his return today according the Chicago Daily Herald.

Bulls Ben Wallace (infection) hasn't practiced, but is expected to play today according to the Chicago Daily Herald.

Lakers center Kwame Brown (ankle), out the past two games, will be a game-time decision against Phoenix Sunday.

Rockets Tracy McGrady said his back is feeling better, and hopes to play tonight.

Rockets Yao Ming says his back has improved and will try to play tonight.

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Heating up: Wade returns
April 8th, 2007

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Miami guard Dwyane Wade returned to game action Sunday, less than two months after suffering a dislocated left shoulder.

While Wade was not in the starting lineup for tonight's game against Charlotte, he did enter the contest with 3:58 left in the opening quarter.

Wade originally suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a 112-102 loss at Houston on February 21.

The star guard is averaging 28.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists this season for the Heat, who are three games ahead of Washington for the lead in the Southeast Division.

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