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Thursday, April 14, 2005

NBA Roundup: Pacers, Wizards, Celtics reach playoffs




JAZZ 93, SPURS 91

Mehmet Okur scored 25 points to power Utah Jazz, 93-91, over San Antonio, spoiling Tim Duncan's return from injury and denting his team's hopes of finishing the season with NBA's best record.

Duncan, who had missed nearly a month with a badly sprained ankle, made a solid return for the Spurs, scoring 17 points and snaring seven rounds.

Okur, who scored the winning bucket with two seconds to play, also had 16 boards while Matt Harpring added 17 points.

Manu Ginobili had 21 points for the Spurs (58-21) who lost ground to Phoenix Suns (59-19) for top spot in the overall standings.

PACERS 90, NETS 86

In Indianapolis, Reggie Miller poured in 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 17 as the Indiana Pacers rallied past the New Jersey Nets 90-86 to clinch their eighth straight playoff berth.

The Nets remain in the chase for final Eastern conference playoff spot despite the loss.

WIZARDS 93, BULLS 82

In Washington, Larry Hughes scored 23 points, Gilbert Arenas added 21 and Antawn Jamison had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 93-82 to secure their first playoff spot since 1997.

CELTICS 111, BUCKS 108

In Milwaukee, Paul Pierce scored 32 points, including a game-winning jumper with 19 seconds left, to give Boston an 111-108 win over the Bucks and send the Celtics into the playoffs.

Antoine Walker and Ricky Davis each scored 17 points for the Celtics while Michael Redd had 28 for the Bucks, who lost their third straight game.

TIMBERWOLVES 116, WARRIORS 100

In Minneapolis, NBA MVP Kevin Garnett recorded his first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past Golden State 116-100 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

If the Timberwolves are to have any hope of returning to the postseason they must close out the regular season on a winning run and get some help%2

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