|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:29|
Although their meeting Sunday had little bearing on the playoff picture, the Western Conference powers played a tense, emotional game that saw bodies flying, emotions overheating, Tim Duncan getting ejected and the Mavericks beating the Spurs 91-86 Sunday to end San Antonio's six-game winning streak.
The loss - only the second in the Spurs' past 14 games - locks them into the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. They have only themselves to blame, going without a field goal the last 6:32, missing nine straight shots, and not scoring any points over the last 4:17.
Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris each scored 21 points in a game the Mavericks may have used as their dress rehearsal for the playoffs. They won for the 66th time this season, tying the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for ninth-best in league history, and finished 36-5 at home.
Warriors 121, Timberwolves 108
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Richardson had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and surging Golden State took sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference standings with a victory.
The Warriors (40-40) did it with one eye on the out-of-town scoreboard, where they watched the Clippers (39-41) fall out of their eighth-place tie with Golden State in a 105-100 loss to Sacramento. The Warriors, who got back to .500 for the first time since mid-January, briefly moved into a seventh-place tie with the Lakers, who played later Sunday.
Al Harrington scored 18 points and Baron Davis had 17 for Golden State, which took a 20-point lead on the undermanned Timberwolves in the first half, then poured it with 20 consecutive points in the third quarter of its seventh victory in eight games.
Kings 105, Clippers 100
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Reserve swingman Francisco Garcia scored 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, and Ron Artest had a career-high 10 assists to lead Sacramento.
Mike Bibby, one of six Sacramento players in double digits, scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half as the Kings dealt a severe blow to the Clippers' playoff hopes. Artest had 15 points, including an 18-footer jumper with 36 seconds remaining after the Clippers had closed to 96-92 with a pair of 3-pointers by Tim Thomas 26 seconds apart.
Playing in front of their 13th sellout crowd of the season, the Clippers fell flat on their faces in the first half against the last-place team in the Pacific Division and fell behind by 23 points midway through the second quarter before making it close at the end.
Nets 111, Pacers 107
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Vince Carter scored 35 points to help New Jersey and put Indiana on the brink of elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Bostjan Nachbar scored 25 points and shot 6-for-6 from 3-point range and Jason Kidd had 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Nets.
Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 20 points and Troy Murphy and Danny Granger each scored 17.
Indiana entered the game trailing the Orlando Magic by two games for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with three games to play. Any combination of a win by Orlando or a loss by the Pacers the rest of the way will eliminate the Pacers.
The Nets shot 51 percent from the field and made 13 of 23 3-pointers to sweep the season series 4-0. The Pacers shot 12-for-20 from 3-point range and had seven players score in double figures.
Bulls 101, Wizards 68
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gilbert Arenas limped into the locker room for a pregame visit, catching up with other Wizards in his first appearance at the team's arena since he had season-ending knee surgery.
Arenas left the premises before tipoff, which might have been for the better. He didn't have to watch the Chicago Bulls' typically stifling defense limit Washington to a season-low point total.
Ben Gordon scored 30 points, Chicago held Washington to 34 percent shooting, and the Bulls beat the depleted Wizards for their third consecutive victory.