|Saturday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 15 March 2008 16:50|
The Sixers already knocked off Detroit and Chicago on the road this week and returned home to another suddenly supportive crowd. Philly (33-34) gave the faithful a reason to cheer from the opening tip, pressuring the Spurs into turnovers and turning back a late run by the champs.
The Sixers are on track for their first playoff berth since 2005 and moved within a game of .500 for the first time since they were 2-3 on Nov. 9. That spiraled into a 5-13 start, but Philadelphia is 17-6 since Jan. 26 and has won nine of its last 10 at home.
Tony Parker scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili had 22 and Tim Duncan 16 for the Spurs, who were coming off a loss a night earlier at Detroit. San Antonio lost its third straight game overall and fifth in a row on the road.
Magic 122, Pacers 111
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Hedo Turkoglu scored 27 points, including nine in the final five minutes to help Orlando pull away from Indiana and clinch a playoff berth.
Rashard Lewis added 22 points for Orlando, which has won seven of eight. Dwight Howard, who was in foul trouble much of the fourth quarter, added 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 43 seconds to play. Maurice Evans scored a season-high 19 points.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 27 points and Mike Dunleavy had 16. Six Pacers scored in double figures, but Indiana lost for the fifth time in its last six games.
Nets 117, Jazz 115
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Richard Jefferson made a running jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to give New Jersey a victory over Utah.
Jefferson led the Nets with 27 points and Vince Carter scored 25. Josh Boone had 21 points and 13 rebounds as New Jersey posted its fifth straight home win over Utah. Devin Harris add 19 points and 12 assists.
Carlos Boozer equaled his career high with 41 points for Utah. He had a remarkably precise game, shooting 15-of-19 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Reserve Kyle Korver added 18 points for the Jazz.
Wizards 119, Clippers 109, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Antawn Jamison scored 36 points, including three key free throws to send the game into overtime, and Washington beat Los Angeles.
Caron Butler had 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Corey Maggette scored 34 points, one shy of his season high. The injury-riddled Clippers, who have lost 233 games to injury - most in the NBA this season - started their 29th different lineup.