Sunday, April 25, 2004

Davis leads Hornets to take series lead


Pistons shut down Bucks in final four minutes for the win

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets used defense and inspired play by their injured All-Star guard to get back into their opening-round playoff series.

Baron Davis, nursing a sprained left ankle, had a team-high 21 points and the Hornets held Miami to 32.9 percent shooting in a 77-71 victory Saturday.

The Heat now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night in New Orleans.

David Wesley shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range for 18 points, while the struggling Jamaal Magloire fought through constant double-teams for 12 points, including two free throws in the final minute that gave New Orleans a much-needed four-point cushion.

New Orleans led 59-50 early in the final period after George Lynch's baseline jump shot. Then Lamar Odom and Caron Butler combined to help Miami chip away.

Odom had a putback, a pair of free throws and jumper before being hit in the head and needing six stitches, which kept him out of the game for about half the period.

Butler finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Odom had 18.

MIAMI (71)-C.Butler 8-18 8-10 24, Odom 5-18 7-10 18, Grant 4-7 0-0 8, Wade 1-8 0-0 2, Jones 2-13 1-1 5, Alston 3-8 2-2 10, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Allen 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-76 18-23 71.

NEW ORLEANS (77)-Lynch 4-12 1-2 9, P.Brown 3-10 0-0 6, Magloire 3-6 6-6 12, Davis 8-20 3-3 21, Wesley 6-13 3-5 18, Armstrong 0-6 0-0 0, Augmon 2-8 3-4 7, West 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 27-76 18-22 77.

Miami14152121-71
New Orleans19221620-77

3-Point Goals-Miami 3-15 (Alston 2-5, Odom 1-3, C.Butler 0-1, Wade 0-1, Jones 0-5), New Orleans 5-17 (Wesley 3-4, Davis 2-8, Lynch 0-1, Armstrong 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Miami 61 (C.Butler 15), New Orleans 48 (P.Brown, Lynch 11). Assists-Miami 12 (C.Butler 4), New Orleans 19 (Davis 5). Total fouls-Miami 23, New Orleans 18. Technicals-Miami Defensive Three Second, Grant, Davis, Magloire. A-14,251 (17,200).

Pistons 95, Bucks 85

MILWAUKEE - The Detroit Pistons took back control of their playoff series with Milwaukee the way they know best - with defense.

Detroit shut down the Bucks over the final four minutes Saturday for a 95-85 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Pistons were expected to come out swinging after losing to Milwaukee on Wednesday. But they gave up 30 points in the first period and needed a 23-4 run at the start of the third period to take their first lead of the game.

Then the defense took over, holding Milwaukee to just a free throw over the final four minutes.

Ben Wallace, limited by foul trouble in the first half, had 13 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit. Chauncey Billups added 21 points.

Desmond Mason and Michael Redd each scored 19 points to lead Milwaukee. Game 4 is Monday in Milwaukee.

DETROIT (95)-Prince 6-11 3-3 16, R.Wallace 4-14 1-2 10, B.Wallace 5-8 3-9 13, Billups 5-14 9-9 21, R.Hamilton 5-10 7-8 17, Okur 3-4 1-2 7, James 1-4 0-0 3, Hunter 3-4 0-0 6, Ham 0-0 0-0 0, Williamson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 33-72 24-33 95.

MILWAUKEE (85)-D.Mason 5-15 9-12 19, Smith 6-11 4-4 16, Skinner 2-5 0-0 4, Jones 5-11 0-0 14, Redd 8-20 2-3 19, Knight 1-6 1-1 3, Van Horn 2-6 3-4 8, Kukoc 1-7 0-2 2. Totals 30-81 19-26 85.

Detroit22203221-95
Milwaukee30191917-85

3-Point Goals-Detroit 5-12 (Billups 2-4, James 1-1, Prince 1-3, R.Wallace 1-3, Hunter 0-1), Milwaukee 6-21 (Jones 4-8, Van Horn 1-2, Redd 1-5, Smith 0-1, Kukoc 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Detroit 63 (B.Wallace 21), Milwaukee 43 (D.Mason 9). Assists-Detroit 14 (Billups 7), Milwaukee 22 (Jones 7). Total fouls-Detroit 24, Milwaukee 28. Technicals-Williamson, Milwaukee Defensive Three Second. A-18,717 (18,717).

Mavericks 104, Kings 79

DALLAS - Playing with the desperation of a team facing elimination, even though they weren't, the Dallas Mavericks began climbing back into their first-round series against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

And it took an undrafted rookie to get them going.

Marquis Daniels shook, spun and shot his way to 11 of his 22 points during a third-quarter spurt that deflated the Kings and sent the Mavericks to a 104-79 victory in Game 3.

Dallas, down 2-1 in the series, has a chance to even it in Game 4 Monday night. Game 5 in Sacramento is on Thursday night.

Sacramento took itself out by making just 4-of-16 shots in the third, missing its last seven.

SACRAMENTO (79)-Webber 9-17 4-8 22, Stojakovic 2-9 2-2 7, Divac 1-5 2-2 4, Bibby 8-16 6-7 22, Christie 2-10 0-0 5, Miller 1-4 3-6 5, Peeler 1-5 0-0 2, Songaila 1-5 2-2 4, Wallace 2-3 1-2 5, Smith 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 28-75 21-31 79.

DALLAS (104)-Finley 6-15 5-7 18, Nowitzki 7-14 6-8 21, Walker 4-11 0-0 8, Daniels 10-20 2-5 22, Nash 3-6 0-0 7, Jamison 8-22 4-4 20, Howard 2-9 2-2 6, Najera 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Delk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-100 21-28 104.

Sacramento25171720-79
Dallas33163421-104

3-Point Goals-Sacramento 2-12 (Christie 1-2, Stojakovic 1-5, Miller 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Bibby 0-3), Dallas 3-10 (Nash 1-1, Nowitzki 1-1, Finley 1-2, Howard 0-1, Walker 0-1, Daniels 0-2, Jamison 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Sacramento 58 (Stojakovic 8), Dallas 66 (Howard 14). Assists-Sacramento 11 (Christie 4), Dallas 20 (Nash 5). Total fouls-Sacramento 22, Dallas 27. Technicals-Sacramento Defensive Three Second. A-20,580 (19,200).

Nuggets 107, Timberwolves 86

DENVER - Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Nuggets in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series.

Playing at home in the postseason for the first time in nine years, the Nuggets earned their first home playoff victory in a decade and avoided going down 3-0 in the series.

They can even the series Tuesday in Denver.

Latrell Sprewell scored 25 points and Kevin Garnett added 24 for the Timberwolves, who fell behind by 17 points early in the game and only mounted one serious threat after that.

Marcus Camby had 16 rebounds and Denver had a 53-36 edge on the boards.

NBA playoffs

FIRST ROUND

(Best-of-7 series)

Wednesday's games

Milwaukee 92, Detroit 88

Miami 93, New Orleans 63

Minnesota 95, Denver 81; Minnesota leads series 2-0

Thursday's games

New Jersey 81, New York 78; New Jersey leads series 3-0

San Antonio 95, Memphis 93; San Antonio leads series 3-0

Friday's games

Indiana 108, Boston 85; Indiana leads series 3-0

Houston 102, L.A. Lakers 91; L.A. Lakers lead series 2-1

Saturday's games

New Orleans 77, Miami 71; Miami leads series 2-1

Detroit 95, Milwaukee 85 Detroit leads series 2-1

Dallas 104, Sacramento 79 Sacramento leads series 2-1

Denver 107, Minnesota 86

Today's games

Indiana at Boston, 1 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Houston, 3:30 p.m.

New Jersey at New York, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m.

Monday's games

Detroit at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

Sacramento at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday's games

Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver, 10:30 p.m.




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