|Monday's NBA Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 14 April 2008 19:30|
The Sixers appeared to have won after Lou Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 5.1 seconds left, his second go-ahead basket in the final minute.
Instead, Brown was fouled by Samuel Dalembert with only a couple of ticks left. The Sixers thought the game was over and ran off the court, while the refs huddled at midcourt to look at the replay. The Cavaliers stayed on the bench, with some peeking over and hoping to hear the decision.
After the play was reviewed for a few minutes, Dalembert was hit with his sixth foul. The Sixers had to come back and watch Brown stun them for the controversial win.
Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks argued with the refs and guard Andre Miller punted the ball in frustration.
LeBron James scored 27 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 22 and the Cavaliers clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against Washington.
Wizards 117, Pacers 110
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Wizards' backups were more than enough to eliminate the very sub-.500 Pacers from the playoff race.
Coach Eddie Jordan went to his bench early and often, getting 31 points from Roger Mason, 14 from rookie Nick Young and little resistance from the Pacers' defense.
The Wizards, who have won five of six, entered the game with a chance to gain home-court advantage in their upcoming first-round playoff series against Cleveland. Even so, Washington gave Gilbert Arenas the night off and gave Caron Butler another night to recover from a bruised knee.
Once the game was under way, the starters frequently gave way to the reserves, creating a remarkably casual feel given its playoff implications. Before a crowd that mostly sat on its hands, the Wizards' reserves outscored the starters 70-47.
Celtics 99, Knicks 93
NEW YORK (AP) - With his three All-Star teammates resting, Rajon Rondo had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Boston in what may have been Isiah Thomas' final home game as Knicks coach.
Boston improved to 65-16 despite giving Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen the night off. Sam Cassell added 22 points for the Celtics, who learned during the game they will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Nate Robinson scored 26 points, and David Lee had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who fell to 23-58 and need a win in their season finale at Indiana to avoid tying the franchise record for losses, last matched two years ago during Larry Brown's lone season.
Donnie Walsh, who replaced Thomas as team president earlier this month, has said Thomas will finish the season as coach before he decides on next season. Walsh said he has no timetable, other than wanting the situation settled before the draft, but realizes the speculation involved means he probably needs to announce his decision much sooner.
Raptors 91, Heat 75
TORONTO (AP) - Rasho Nesterovic scored 20 points, while Chris Bosh had 15 for the Raptors. Anthony Parker had 13 and Jason Kapono scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and a first-round matchup with Orlando.
Nesterovic was 10-for-19 from the field, scoring double figures for the 17th consecutive game, and grabbed seven rebounds.
Daequan Cook had 22 points and Chris Quinn added 14 for the Heat, who lost for the 21st time in their past 24 games. Miami must beat Atlanta at home Wednesday to avoid the worst record in franchise history. The Heat went 15-67 in their inaugural 1988-89 season.
Jazz 105, Rockets 96
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 11 rebounds, pulling the Jazz even with the Rockets in the muddled Western Conference standings with one game to go.
Both teams are 54-27, but by winning two of three against the Rockets, the Jazz would hold home-court advantage if they still have identical records after Wednesday and meet in the opening round of the playoffs.
Mehmet Okur added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Deron Williams finished with 17 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who won for the sixth time in seven games and finished their home schedule 37-4.
Tracy McGrady and Luis Scola scored 22 each for Houston.
Bulls 151, Bucks 135
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Luol Deng scored 32 points on 15-of-20 shooting and Ben Gordon added 29 points. The Bulls fell just short of a franchise record for points and shooting percentage.
The Bulls also got 22 points and 15 assists from Chris Duhon, and three other players finished in double digits as Chicago fell five points short of the franchise record set in 1990.
The Bulls shot 67 percent from the field, just off a franchise high set in 1981, but the highest ever allowed by the Bucks.
Milwaukee lost its seventh straight. The lone bright spot for the Bucks was rookie Ramon Sessions, who set a franchise record with 24 assists, three more than Guy Rodgers had in Milwaukee's sixth game as a franchise on Oct. 31, 1968 against Detroit. Sessions also scored 20 points - the first 20-20 with points and assists in franchise history.
Suns 122, Warriors 116
PHOENIX (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix recovered after blowing a 17-point lead, eliminating the Warriors from playoff contention.
The Warriors' loss clinched the final playoff spot in the West for Denver.
Steve Nash nearly had a triple-double with 13 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Suns remained in the midst of a scramble for playoff positioning and a possible home-court advantage in the first round.
Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his 23 points in the Warriors' third-quarter comeback. Monta Ellis added 20 points, Kelenna Azubuike 17 and Andris Biedrins 16.
Spurs 101, Kings 98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Tony Parker tied his season high with 32 points and added 11 assists for San Antonio.
The victory, coupled with Houston's loss to Utah, put the Spurs in position to clinch third place in the conference for a second straight season. A year ago, they defeated Cleveland in the NBA finals.
Trailing by four points in the closing minute, John Salmons scored inside and was hacked by Tim Duncan, who fouled out. Salmons made the free throw, pulling the Kings to 99-98 with 14.3 seconds left.
Then Michael Finley made two free throws with 11.8 seconds left. Looking to send the game into overtime, both Francisco Garcia and Quincy Douby missed 3-point attempts and San Antonio held on.
Salmons led the Kings with 29 points, Spencer Hawes had 17, Beno Udrih scored 16 and Garcia added 15.