Hawks stall Celtics' playoff drive

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2004

ATLANTA Bob Sura had his second straight triple-double and the Atlanta Hawks prevented the Boston Celtics from clinching a playoff spot with a 110-99 victory Saturday night.

Sura had 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first Atlanta player to have a consecutive triple-doubles. The 6-foot-3 guard had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds Friday night in a 116-101 win at Chicago for the first triple-double of his career.

Knicks 102, Wizards 98, OT

WASHINGTON Tim Thomas and DeMarr Johnson each scored 22 points, and Frank Williams hit four free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to lift New York.

With Boston losing to Atlanta, the Knicks can finish as no worse than the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cavaliers 91, Heat 80

CLEVELAND Jeff McInnis scored 16 points, LeBron James added 11 assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers won for just the second time in 13 games, a slide that began when McInnis injured his right shoulder on March 16 and resulted in Cleveland dropping from NBA playoff contention.

Pistons 101, Magic 89

ORLANDO, Fla. Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 25 points, and the Detroit Pistons won their seventh straight game.

SuperSonics 119, Mavericks 99

SEATTLE Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and the Seattle SuperSonics avoided being swept by the Dallas Mavericks this season.

Hornets 92, Bucks 87

MILWAUKEE Jamaal Magloire scored 26 points and the New Orleans Hornets prevented Milwaukee from clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Nuggets 110, Trail Blazers 100

DENVER Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including six in overtime, and Denver Nuggets took a major step toward their first playoff appearance in nine years.

With two games remaining, Denver took a one-game lead over Portland and remained tied with Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Utah beat Houston 82-69 Saturday night. Denver owns the tiebreakers over both Utah and Portland.

Jazz 82, Rockets 69

SALT LAKE CITY Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points and eight rebounds and Gordan Giricek scored 23 points, keeping the Utah Jazz tied for the final playoff spot in the West.

Utah entered the game tied with Denver and Portland in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

The Jazz got Houston center Yao Ming in foul trouble early and took advantage with a 41-28 rebounding edge.

Jarron Collins had nine rebounds, Tom Gugliotta pulled down eight more and Carlos Arroyo scored 13 points for Utah, which guaranteed a winning season with its 42nd win.

Maurice Taylor led Houston with 16 points and Yao and Cuttino Mobley scored 15 apiece.

Utah plays Monday at Minnesota and closes the season Wednesday at home against Phoenix. The Jazz are going for their 21st straight playoff appearance.



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