|Saturday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 15 March 2008 20:04|
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.
Celtics 99, Bucks 77
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Boston managed an easy victory without one of its three stars, beating Milwaukee as injured guard Ray Allen sat in a suit at the end of the bench.
Even with Allen out of action because of a bruised left heel, the Celtics had no problem rebounding from their home loss to Utah on Friday. Kevin Garnett scored 19 to lead Boston, and Eddie House added 17 - all but two of which came in the second half as the Celtics emptied their bench.
Charlie Bell scored 16 to lead Milwaukee, which has lost five straight and eight of its last nine. Boston held Milwaukee to 34.1 percent shooting from the floor, just above its season low of 32.9 percent set in a Nov. 3 victory over Chicago.
Suns 127, Kings 99
PHOENIX (AP) - Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Phoenix won its fourth in a row with a rout of Sacramento.
Gordan Giricek scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the first half for Phoenix. Shaquille O'Neal added 17 points and eight boards, Steve Nash 18 points and eight assists, and Leandro Barbosa 17 points.
The Suns, who shot 61 percent, improved to 7-6 with O'Neal in the lineup with their second straight blowout victory. They used a 28-2 outburst to build a 31-point halftime lead and were up by 33 early in the third.
Ron Artest scored 26 for Sacramento.
Warriors 110, Grizzlies 107
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Baron Davis scored all of his 19 points in the second half, including a key jumper in the final minutes that helped Golden State Warriors slog its way to its eighth win in 10 games.
Stephen Jackson led the way with 21 points and Monta Ellis added 17 for the Warriors, who beat the Grizzlies for the sixth straight time. Matt Barnes scored 11 points off the bench, reaching double figures for the first time since Feb. 13.
Hakim Warrick scored 23 points to lead Memphis. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Gay added 20 points apiece.
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.
Trail Blazers 107, Timberwolves 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, Brandon Roy had 25 points and eight assists, and Portland beat Minnesota to sweep the season series.
Travis Outlaw broke out of four-game slump with 17 points and James Jones added 13 for the Blazers, who hung on to their dwindling playoff hopes, winning the first game on a three-game homestand.
Marko Jaric scored 19, Al Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Ryan Gomes had 16 points for the Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference but had won three of four entering the game.