Sunday, April 6, 2003

Suns stop T-Wolves in playoff run



By The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Bo Outlaw had season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns improve their playoff chances with a 111-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

The Suns, who beat the Timberwolves for the first time in four tries this season, have won four of five overall to boost their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with seven to play.

The Timberwolves have lost four of five to fall a game behind Portland for the No. 4 spot in the West and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Minnesota plays at Portland Sunday night.

Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Hawks 97, Grizzlies 91

ATLANTA - Jason Terry scored 23 points and Dion Glover added 20 as the Atlanta Hawks sent the Memphis Grizzlies to their seventh straight loss.

The Hawks, eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs following Milwaukee's two-point victory Friday over Cleveland, never trailed after Terry hit two free throws with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter.

Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead Memphis, which has lost 10 of 12 after a 7-1 stretch last month.

Cavaliers 79, Hornets 76

CLEVELAND - Ricky Davis scored 17 points, and Cleveland blocked 13 shots in a victory over the New Orleans Hornets that assured the Cavaliers they won't set a new mark for the worst record in franchise history.

It was the 15th win of the season for Cleveland, which has six games remaining. The Cavaliers went 15-67 in their inaugural season of 1970-71 and in 1981-82.

Davis had three of the Cavaliers' season-high 13 blocks, and rookie Carlos Boozer had 15 rebounds and 13 points to help Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points, but made a critical turnover with 11.7 seconds to play and missed a 28-foot attempt with less than a second left that could have tied it. The Hornets lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Mavericks 108, Magic 90

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and Steve Nash added 28 as Dallas retained its lead in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks (57-19) hold a one-game advantage over San Antonio in the race for the top record in the Midwest Division - and the Western Conference.

With the Magic's Tracy McGrady out of the starting lineup, the Mavericks took advantage by jumping out to a 28-9 lead 81/2 minutes in. McGrady didn't start because of a strained rib muscle on his right side, but checked in with 3:55 left in the first quarter.

McGrady, who scored 30 or more points in 14 consecutive games, was 3-of-14 for 12 points in 25 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter. McGrady also had his franchise-record streak of 45 straight games of scoring 20 points or more snapped.

Gordon Giricek led Orlando with 18 points, Jacque Vaughn added a season-high 16, and Darrell Armstrong had 15.

Bulls 117, Bucks 115, OT

CHICAGO - Jalen Rose scored 31 points and Donyell Marshall had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Chicago erased a 19-point deficit in regulation and beat Milwaukee.

Jamal Crawford and Jay Williams each added 19 points for the Bulls, who ended a four-game losing streak and won in overtime for the first time in a franchise-record eight tries this season.

Gary Payton had 24 points and 10 assists, and reserve Michael Redd added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who hold a 21/2-game lead over Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.




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Reds Q&A

OTHER BASEBALL
Sosa put 500 behind, thinks bigger numbers
NL: Phils thump Pirates
AL: Royals are 5-0

BENGALS
Bengals Q&A

FINAL FOUR
Syracuse 95, Texas 84
Kansas 94, Marquette 61
Daugherty: Souped-up Jayhawks
Kansas vs. Syracuse for NCAA championship
Texas couldn't break the Syracuse zone
Williams gets another shot
Wade's world comes crashing down
Final Four notebook
Final Four week tarnished by coaching speculation
NCAA aggregate leaders

WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR
This is no ordinary trip for Lady Vols
Texas' goal: Stop Taurasi
Auriemma, Taurasi pick up top honors

XAVIER
West wins 4th player of year award

OTHER COLLEGE HOOPS
Loyola pioneered integrated basketball
Cronin gets top job at Murray State

PREP SPORTS
Groeschen: Prep insider
Prep results

SUNDAY SPOTLITE
Baseball movies, fair and foul
UC's cricket club gearing up for season
Enquirer Page Two power rankings

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
QB Krenzel sharpens focus

GOLF
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Tiger Woods focused on unprecedented three-peat

HORSE RACING
Buddy Gil punches ticket to Kentucky
Elloluv impressive in Ashland win

AUTO RACING
Earnhardt Jr. wins Busch race
Little E chasing history at Talladega
Rubinho on pole for home F1 race

HOCKEY
Samsonov return bodes well for B's in playoffs
Ducks LW Severson recalled to Anaheim

NBA
Suns stop T-Wolves in playoff run
Adelman has no mercy for upstarts in playoffs

TENNIS
Spain vs. Argentina in semis

PLAN YOUR DAY
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