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Grizzlies roar past Raptors 104-74

Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2005


  New Orleans Hornets' Chris Anderson blocks a shot attempt by Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony (15) during the first half in New Orleans Wednesday. Anthony scored 18 points in the Nuggets' 94-83 victory. Andersen had seven blocked shots before injuring his ankle late in the game. AP Photo/Bill Haber

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Anderson blocks a shot attempt by Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony (15) during the first half in New Orleans Wednesday. Anthony scored 18 points in the Nuggets' 94-83 victory. Andersen had seven blocked shots before injuring his ankle late in the game.

AP Photo/Bill Haber

TORONTO — Pau Gasol scored 26 points to lead to the Memphis Grizzlies to 104-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Memphis' 30-point margin of victory was a team record for a road game. The Grizzlies never trailed and led by as many as 37 points, one night after losing to Denver.

The Grizzlies had lost four of their previous six games, and needed the victory with a tough road schedule ahead. Seven of their last eight games are against potential playoff teams — including two games left against both Dallas and San Antonio.

76ers 106, Bobcats 103

PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson scored 48 points and kept Philadelphia in the playoff hunt with a win over Charlotte.

Iverson had 30 in the first half to help the Sixers take a 25-point lead, which was sliced all the way to one late in the fourth quarter. It was the second straight game the Sixers let a huge lead slip away, blowing a 26-point lead against Boston before holding on for a four-point win.

The wins gave Philadelphia a small cushion in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers are 3 1/2 games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division and a game and a half ahead of New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics 103, Bucks 97

BOSTON — Ricky Davis scored 27 points and Boston overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit to beat Milwaukee, which played without top scorer Michael Redd.

Desmond Mason scored Milwaukee's last 14 points, cutting the lead to 99-97 with a three-point play with 18 seconds left. Then Davis hit two free throws with 17 seconds to go and the Bucks' last chance ended when Mason missed a layup and Delonte West made two free throws for Boston with 9 seconds remaining.

Pistons 105, Wizards 93

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ben Wallace had 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Detroit cut its magic number to clinch the Central Division title to four with a victory over Washington.

Detroit has won four straight and leads second-place Chicago by five games. It was Larry Brown's 101st win as Pistons coach, breaking Rick Carlisle's team record of 100 over his first two season with Detroit.

The Wizards have lost three in a row and had a three-game road winning streak snapped. Washington was missing Antwan Jamison (knee), who sat out one day after scoring 30 points in his return from the injured list.

Pacers 98, Cavaliers 77

INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson scored 23 points and Reggie Miller had 17 to lead Indiana to its fifth straight win.

The game was never close after the Pacers held the Cavaliers to 10 points in the second quarter. Cleveland, which has lost nine of 13, made just 3 of 22 shots in the quarter and 36 percent for the game.

LeBron James scored 20 points on 9-for-18 shooting to lead the Cavaliers.

Nuggets 94, Hornets 83

NEW ORLEANS — Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points to lead six Denver players in double figures as Denver won its fifth straight with a victory over New Orleans.

Denver won its second road game in two nights and fourth straight away from home overall. The Nuggets' 11th victory in 12 games also kept them a game ahead of Memphis for the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoffs while pulling them within a half game of Houston for sixth.

Spurs 91, Clippers 82

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Brent Barry added four 3-pointers to lead San Antonio over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers got to within 49-45 on a three-point play by Chris Wilcox midway through the third, but San Antonio made 10 of its final 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, in the quarter to extend its lead to 72-57 heading into the fourth.

The Spurs pushed their lead to 22 points early in the fourth before the teams went to their reserves.

Timberwolves 111, Jazz 86

MINNEAPOLIS — Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points to help Minnesota beat slumping Utah.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which played an almost perfect game and won for the seventh time in eight tries. But with the regular-season schedule quickly shrinking, the Timberwolves failed to make any progress toward the Western Conference playoffs.

Matt Harpring and Gordan Giricek each scored 14 points for the lottery-bound Jazz.

Warriors 104, Trail Blazers 102

PORTLAND, Ore. — Baron Davis had 22 points and 11 assists, and Troy Murphy added 22 points and 10 rebounds to give Golden State its seventh straight win.

While they're not headed for the playoffs, the Warriors are one of the hottest teams in the NBA with 11 victories in 13 games.

Bulls 102, Magic 101, OT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kirk Hinrich scored 25 points, Antonio Davis hit a go-ahead free throw with 1.4 seconds left in overtime and Chicago beat Orlando.

Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 22 rebounds for the Bulls, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in Miami.

Combined with Philadelphia's win over Charlotte, the Magic are 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff berth with seven games remaining.

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