Monday, April 12, 2004

After five years, Sixers' playoff run is finished

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The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With Allen Iverson conspicuously absent again, the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday with an 89-75 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

The loss ended Philadelphia's five-year run of postseason appearances, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001. The 76ers will soon begin an offseason of uncertainty, with no guarantees that Iverson, interim coach Chris Ford or general manager Billy King will return.

"It should be frustrating for everyone associated with the Sixers," guard Eric Snow said. "So many things went on, injuries, a change of coaches and everything else that makes for a long season.

"Hopefully this team can make a change, and this will be a one-year situation where we don't play in the postseason."

Philadelphia team policy does not require injured players to travel, and Iverson has not been on the road with the team since March 20 in Miami. Iverson, who has missed 32 games this season, also has declined to join his teammates on the bench during home games.

The Nets are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and will open the playoffs at home next weekend.

Kings 102, Lakers 85

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Chris Webber had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Doug Christie added 21 points to his superb defense and the Kings halted their late-season skid.

Mike Bibby had 15 points and eight assists for Sacramento (55-25), which took a one-game lead over the Lakers (54-26) in the Pacific Division with two to play by winning for just the fourth time in 10 games.

Bulls 114, Raptors 108

TORONTO - Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 50 points to lift Chicago in overtime.

Crawford became the fourth person to score at least 50 points this season, joining Tracy McGrady, Iverson and Rashard Lewis. McGrady did it twice with 51 points against Denver in November and 62 points on March 10 against Washington - the highest total this season.

Lewis had 50 against the Los Angeles Clippers in October, and Iverson had 50 against Atlanta in November.

Crawford had 24 points in the fourth quarter, including 16 straight as Chicago rallied to take the lead.

His previous best was 42 points Dec. 27 against Washington.

Crawford went 18-for-34 from the field, and 8-for-11 from the line. He also had seven rebounds.

Spurs 88, Clippers 79

LOS ANGELES - Tim Duncan scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed nine rebounds to lead San Antonio over the Los Angeles Clippers for their season-high ninth straight victory.

The Spurs are tied with Sacramento for second place in the Western Conference, one game behind Midwest Division rival Minnesota and a game ahead of the Lakers with two games left in the regular season. Tony Parker added 14 points and eight assists for the defending NBA champions.

Elton Brand scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and had 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost their 13th straight game.

Suns 89, Grizzlies 83

PHOENIX - Amare Stoudemire scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half and Phoenix handed Memphis its fourth loss in five games.

The victory marked the first time this season that the Suns have beaten two over-.500 teams in a row. Phoenix defeated Sacramento on Friday night.

Leandro Barbosa added 17 points for the Suns. Joe Johnson scored 15, and Shawn Marion had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Antonio McDyess contributed 13 rebounds.

Shane Battier led the Grizzlies with 18 points, James Posey had 16 and Stromile Swift scored 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Warriors 108, Mavericks 107

OAKLAND, Calif. - Jason Richardson had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Golden State rallied in the final five minutes to end a 20-game losing streak to Dallas.

Cliff Robinson scored five straight points to give Golden State its first lead of the game, 103-101 with 3:46 to play, then Speedy Claxton made a lay-in. Brian Cardinal grabbed several key rebounds during the late series, secured a jump ball and had an assist.

Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the playoff-bound Mavs, who remained tied with Memphis for the fifth seed in the West.

Marquis Daniels had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Dallas, which hadn't lost to Golden State since April 10, 1999.

NETS: Richard Jefferson is on the verge of being selected to the U.S. Olympic team.

Jefferson, a member of the U.S. team that qualified for the Olympics at a tournament in Puerto Rico last summer, said Sunday he has been given every indication that he has been chosen to fill the slot originally slated for Vince Carter.

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