|Friday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 04 April 2008 17:12|
San Antonio matched its lowest point total in franchise history, set in a loss to Cleveland in March 1997. The Jazz held the defending NBA champion Spurs without a point for almost the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter.
Deron Williams had his 50th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists, opening the fourth quarter with a high alley-oop to Andrei Kirilenko to start a 13-0 run for the Jazz. Kirilenko finished with 10 points and six assists, and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and flustered Spurs star Tim Duncan all night.
Wizards 109, Heat 95
WASHINGTON (AP) - Caron Butler scored 29 points and Washington beat Miami to clinch a playoff spot for the fourth straight season.
The woeful Heat set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers and still couldn't beat the Wizards, who were without Antawn Jamison for the first time this season. Jamison, who averages 21.5 points and a team-leading 10.2 rebounds, was sidelined with a sprained right shoulder.
Ricky Davis had a season-high 33 points and Chris Quinn finished with 24 for the Heat, who must win two of their final six games to avoid tying the worst record in their 20-year history. Miami, an NBA-worst 13-63, went 15-67 in 1988-89, its first season.
76ers 109, Hawks 104
ATLANTA (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 30 points and Andre Miller had 23 to help Philadelphia wrap up its first playoff spot in three years.
Philadelphia stopped the Hawks' five-game winning streak and has won two straight and 21 of 28.
Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 32 points. The teams will play again Saturday in Philadelphia, where the Sixers are 13-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.
Warriors 117, Grizzlies 86
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Andris Biedrins had 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Golden State climbed within a half-game of eighth-place Denver in the Western Conference.
Golden State, which snapped a two-game losing streak, had six players in double figures. Biedrins shot 8-of-11 from the field and grabbed five offensive rebounds.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 23 points, while Hakim Warrick finished with 13 and Kyle Lowry had 12.
Pistons 106, Nets 87
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Antonio McDyess scored 19 points, Rasheed Wallace added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Detroit beat New Jersey for their fourth straight victory.
The victory moved Detroit to the verge of clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons will lock up the No. 2 spot with one win or an Orlando loss.
New Jersey trails Atlanta by four games with six games left in the race for the East's last playoff spot.