Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Pistons, Spurs grab No. 1 seeds
Jordan loses final game in Washington
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY - The San Antonio Spurs clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating the Utah Jazz 91-83 Monday night.
Michael Jordan recieves a U.S. flag from U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld during the opening ceremonies of Jordan's last home game (see game story below) at the MCI Center, Monday.
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Winning for the 12th time in 13 games, the Spurs clinched the Midwest Division title for the third straight season. Dallas can still tie the Spurs by winning at San Antonio on Wednesday, but the Spurs hold the tiebreaker with a better conference record.
Pistons 89, Cavaliers 88
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs when Smush Parker's dunk attempt bounced off the back rim as time expired.
Hornets 87, Nets 74
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Baron Davis scored 19 points and New Orleans limited New Jersey to 11 fourth-quarter points in keeping the Nets from clinching a second straight Atlantic Division title.
Hawks 100, Magic 84
ATLANTA - Jason Terry, playing perhaps his final game in Atlanta, scored 23 points as the Hawks extended their winning streak to a season-high four games. The loss ensured that Orlando will be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Knicks 93, Wizards 79
WASHINGTON - Michael Jordan received a mild pre-game ovation and a larger one afterward in his home finale as he scored 21 points with eight rebounds in a loss to New York.
Mavericks 109, SuperSonics 106
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki had 39 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but Dallas' chance to win the Midwest Division ended when San Antonio defeated Utah.
BULLS: Former player John Paxson was introduced as Chicago's executive vice president of basketball operations. He replaces Jerry Krause.
TEAM USA: Utah's Karl Malone and Sacramento's Mike Bibby were added to the national team that will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament in August.
They are the fifth and sixth members of the team, coached by Philadelphia's Larry Brown. They join Seattle's Ray Allen, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, New Jersey's Jason Kidd and Orlando's Tracy McGrady.
Malone, 39, played on gold-medal winning Olympic teams in 1992 and 1996 and was chosen as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
"He stands for everything that's important about our sport," Brown said. "He's been a star for a long time and a great example for young players."
Bibby led Arizona to the NCAA championship in 1997 and is completing his fifth NBA season. He starred for the Kings during last season's playoffs.
"He's a young, up-and-coming star," Brown said. "He's very team conscious and should fit in extremely well."
USA Basketball will select the rest of the 12-man team this spring, adding two or three more NBA players and three or four role players from other pro leagues or college.
The qualifying tournament involves 10 teams from North, South and Central America and is set for Aug. 20-31 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A team of NBA players finished in sixth place at last year's world championships in Indianapolis, forcing the United States to play in a qualifying tournament.
Reds 11, Cubs 3
Larkin joins Griffey on DL
Reds notebook: Boone eases Larson's mind
Tigers awful top to bottom
Kent doesn't want to dwell on past
NL: Expos sweep Mets
AL: Godzilla powers Yanks over Jays
Notes from Monday's games
Phillies outfielder Byrd put on disabled list
Newman's agent says cornerback is healthy
Time for Bengals to decide on pick
Successful run in Florida leads Dodds to Princeton
Determined Johnson starts over in the NBA
Koester gets new start at UC
Tar Heels get their man in Williams
Look at the photos - Jordan isn't the only one in them
Pistons, Spurs grab No. 1 seeds
Masters scorecard: winners, whiners and losers
Teacher says Mattiace is not give-up guy
PGA rookie plays with his idols
34.5 million tune in to Masters, third-most ever
Senators edge Isles in double OT
Cyclones can oust Toledo tonight
Rising jockey McKee rides winner in RD homecoming
Walton's Green moves up to Craftsman series
The Kid vs. Junior: a dream NASCAR matchup
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