Dallas at Houston (7:30 p.m. MDT). The Mavericks try to end Houston’s season, and the Rockets attempt to force a seventh game in their first-round playoff series.
– Richard Hamilton, Pistons, scored 10 of his 23 points in the final quarter to help Detroit beat Philadelphia 88-78.
– Ray Allen, SuperSonics, scored 30 points to lead Seattle to a 122-118 win over Sacramento.
Indiana had 16 steals and forced Boston into 22 total team turnovers in Tuesday night’s 90-85 win over the Celtics. The Celtics had eight steals in the game. In the night’s other Eastern Conference playoff game, the Pistons (5) and 76ers (3) combined for only eight steals. In the Western Conference, Seattle (4) and Sacramento (8) combined for 12 steals. The Pacers lead their series 3-2.
Allen Iverson, who led the NBA in the regular season by averaging 30.7 points a game, scored 34 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia’s 88-78 loss to Detroit. The Pistons won the series 4-1. … Peja Stojakovic had 38 points and Mike Bibby had 35 for Sacramento, but the rest of the Kings only scored 45 in a series-ending 122-118 loss to Seattle in Game 5.
Chicago’s Ben Gordon won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award on Tuesday. Gordon, the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft, is the first rookie to win the award. Gordon averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season and helped the Bulls make their first playoff appearance since 1998, when Michael Jordan led them to their sixth title.
Washington suspended Kwame Brown for the remainder of the postseason on Tuesday. The Wizards left him behind as they flew to Chicago for Wednesday’s Game 5 of their first-round series. Brown, who is in the final year of his contract, played just four minutes in Saturday night’s Game 3, then didn’t attend Sunday’s practice or Monday’s Game 4 victory. The team had said he was absent because of a stomach virus.
“He hurt us. He wasn’t trying to score. He just ran the team.” ” Boston coach Doc Rivers on Indiana’s Jamaal Tinsley, who played for the first time in 2 1/2 months and helped the Pacers beat the Celtics 90-85 Tuesday night. Tinsley, out since Feb. 24 with a foot injury, had seven assists in 28 minutes.
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