Latest 2003–04 NBA season Stories
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Cleveland's LeBron James was a unanimous choice for the All-NBA First Team, which included Los Angeles's Kobe Bryant for the seventh time in eight seasons. Along with James and Bryant, Orlando's Dwight Howard, Dallas's Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade were voted to the first team. James, who was also selected as the NBA's most valuable player this season, was the only unanimous choice.
Denver, led by Nene with 24 points and Carmelo Anthony with 23, went on a 19-4 fourth-quarter run Sunday en route to a 109-95 playoff win over Dallas. The Nuggets took a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Leading by just 82-80, Denver began the game-winning spurt early in the final quarter. The Nuggets hit 54.8 percent of their field goals and forced the Mavs into 20 turnovers. J.R.
Joe Johnson led the Atlanta Hawks into the next round of the playoffs Sunday, scoring 27 points in a 91-78 romp over the Miami Heat. The first-round Game 7 victory sends Atlanta against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Johnson connected on six of eight shots from 3-point range and contributed five steals.
Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard both scored 25 points Friday, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a critical 100-92 victory over New Orleans. The Mavericks led by as many as 23 points in the second period and survived a shooting slump late in the first half to improve their playoff position in the Western Conference.
Dwyane Wade had 33 points, eight assists and five rebounds Saturday to lead the Miami Heat to a 118-104 win over the Washington Wizards. Jermaine O'Neal and Yakhouba Diawara each had 16 points and Michael Beasley and James Jones scored 13 points each for the Heat, who are close behind Philadelphia for
Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday and the Dallas Mavericks coasted to a 108-88 victory over the toothless Minnesota Timberwolves. Jason Terry scored 21 points and Jason Kidd had 13 assists for Dallas. The Mavericks were helped by Josh Howard, who had missed the past 12 games with an ankle injury.
Orlando's Dwight Howard and San Antonio's Tony Parker were selected the NBA players of the week, the league said Monday. Howard took the honor for Eastern Conference teams and Parker for teams from the Western Conference for games played March 23-29. Howard helped the Magic to a 3-0 record on the week as he averaged 23.7 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks a game.
Dwyane Wade had 27 points, seven assists and three steals Saturday to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-85 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Udonis Haslem had his 100th NBA career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who only have three victories in their last eight games. Miami is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a game ahead of Philadelphia. Richard Jefferson scored 32 points for the Bucks, who lost their seventh consecutive road game.
Dwyane Wade had 27 points Monday to break his own franchise season scoring mark and lead the Miami Heat to a 94-82 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Wade surpassed his 2005-06 mark of 2,040 points, which he accomplished in 75 games in the Heat's NBA championship season.
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