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Wade
May 23, 2006
Winning the first game of any playoff series is huge. It becomes an even bigger deal when it comes on the road. Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat draw first blood in the Eastern Conference Finals opener at Detroit on Tuesday, scoring 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter in a 91-86 victory. Wade came up with a key block on Richard Hamilton with 56.8 seconds left, sank two free throws nine seconds later and assisted on Antoine Walker's basket with 9.2 ticks remaining. Wade shot 9-of-11 from the field, dished out five assists and tallied nine Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/23/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Dwyane Wade (Heat)311010043049
    2. Richard Hamilton (Pistons)610004300 006
    2. James Posey (Heat)200000022046
    4. Tayshaun Prince (Pistons)221001100 005
    5. Gary Payton (Heat)000000000044
    5. Alonzo Mourning (Heat)000000000 044
    5. Shaquille O'Neal (Heat)000000000044
    5. Antoine Walker (Heat)200002100 144
    5. Jason Williams (Heat)000000000044
    5. Udonis Haslem (Heat)000000000 044

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    Nash
    May 24, 2006
    Pulling out a victory didn't seem like a strong possibility for Steve Nash and the Suns late in the fourth quarter. They trailed by nine with just 3:26 remaining before the two-time MVP turned Dallas' home court into his personal playground. Nash scored Phoenix's next 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers, a layup and two foul shots. With the deficit trimmed to one, he went back to his familiar role of passer, finding Shawn Marion for the go-ahead hoop with 43 ticks left as the Suns hung on for a 121-118 road win in Game 1 of the West finals Wednesday. For his efforts, Nash earned 10 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/24/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Steve Nash (Suns)5010022000410
    2. Tim Thomas (Suns)200100022 047
    3. Shawn Marion (Suns)200001100046
    4. Boris Diaw (Suns)200002100 045
    4. Leandro Barbosa (Suns)001000000045

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    Billups
    May 25, 2006
    Heading to Miami faced with a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals was not a prospect the Detroit Pistons wanted to think about. Thanks to some clutch play from guard Chauncey Billups they won't have to. Detroit built an 18-point second-half lead in Game 2 on Thursday, only to watch Miami cut into the lead as the fourth quarter went on. Billups helped the Pistons put the game away, converting a layup with 46.1 seconds remaining and sinking 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 23.8 seconds. The last of his four free throws closed the scoring and gave Detroit a 92-88 victory with the series heading to Miami for Game 3 on Saturday. Billups tallied 18 points, eight assists and nine Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/25/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Chauncey Billups (Pistons)600001144149
    2. Dwyane Wade (Heat)711002222 108
    3. Tayshaun Prince (Pistons)300001121046
    4. Lindsey Hunter (Pistons)000100000 045
    5. Antonio McDyess (Pistons)000000000044
    5. Rasheed Wallace (Pistons)000000000 044
    5. Antoine Walker (Heat)400001122004
    5. Richard Hamilton (Pistons)000000000 044

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    Nowitzki
    May 26, 2006
    The difference between very good players and elite players is how they perform at the most important moments. Dirk Nowitzki's play toward the end of the Mavericks' 105-98 win over the visiting Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday proved he belongs in the latter class. Nowitzki scored 12 of his 30 points in the final 10 minutes, including a reverse layup with 1:36 left that extended his team's lead to 98-91. The 7-footer sank four free throws in the final 77 seconds and grabbed a key rebound with 20.9 ticks to play that assured Dallas would head to Phoenix for Game 3 with the series tied at one game apiece. Nowitzki shot 12-of-21 from the field, corralled 14 boards and earned nine Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/26/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)610001164049
    2. Jerry Stackhouse (Mavericks)320000043 048
    3. Keith Van Horn (Mavericks)000000000044
    3. Adrian Griffin (Mavericks)000000000 044
    3. DeSagana Diop (Mavericks)000000000044
    3. Josh Howard (Mavericks)000000000 044
    3. Devin Harris (Mavericks)000000000044
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    Wade
    May 27, 2006
    Dwyane Wade was on fire from the start of Saturday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and that didn't change at all down the stretch. Wade, who scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the second half, netted five points and assisted on another bucket in the final 1:53 of Miami's 98-83 victory over the visiting Pistons. Detroit cut a 12-point deficit in the final quarter down to one before Wade helped put the game out of reach. He connected on a pair of free throws for a 10-point lead with 1:53 to go and then converted a three-point play with 46 ticks remaining for a 96-83 edge. Wade put the finishing touches on the game as he fed Udonis Haslem for a basket in the closing seconds as the Heat seized a 2-1 series lead. Wade shot 13-of-17 from the field added 10 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/27/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Dwyane Wade (Heat)5010011330410
    2. Udonis Haslem (Heat)221001100 049
    3. Antoine Walker (Heat)020001000045
    4. Shaquille O'Neal (Heat)000000000 044
    4. Jason Williams (Heat)000000000044
    4. James Posey (Heat)000000000 044

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    Terry
    May 28, 2006
    After Josh Howard pushed the Mavericks' lead over the Suns to six points with 2:13 to go in Sunday night's pivotal Game 3, the Dallas lead stayed at that tenuous margin for the next 100 seconds. That's when Jason Terry stepped up and put the game out of reach. Terry delivered a clutch jumper in the lane for a 92-84 lead with 33 ticks left on the clock. The Mavs held on the rest of the way for a
    95-88 victory and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Terry finished with 19 points on the night and five Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/28/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Jerry Stackhouse (Mavericks)120000021046
    1. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)210001022 046
    3. Jason Terry (Mavericks)200002100045
    3. Josh Howard (Mavericks)010000000 045
    5. DeSagana Diop (Mavericks)000000000044
    5. Devin Harris (Mavericks)000000000 044

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    Wade
    May 29, 2006
    Although the term "closer" is associated mostly with baseball, Dwyane Wade has turned into the NBA's version of a stopper. Wade scored 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat moved within one win of the franchise's first Finals appearance with an 89-78 Game 4 win over visiting Detroit on Monday. Wade has scored at least 10 points in each fourth quarter of the Eastern Conference Finals. The speedy guard broke free for a dunk with 1:26 left and added a pair of free throws 34 seconds later to seal Miami's second straight win in the series. Wade shot 8-of-11 from the field and collected six rebounds, five assists and eight Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 5/29/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Dwyane Wade (Heat)400001122048
    2. Antoine Walker (Heat)011000000 145
    3. Gary Payton (Heat)010001000044
    3. Shaquille O'Neal (Heat)000000000 044
    3. Jason Williams (Heat)000000000044

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    Nowitzki
    June 1, 2006
    Dirk Nowitzki scored just 11 points in Dallas' Game 4 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday. Thursday, he made up for his below-average performance and then some. Nowitzki saved his best for last, scoring 22 of his franchise playoff-record 50 in the fourth quarter to carry the Mavs to a 117-101 win over the Suns on Thursday and a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Thanks to his last-period heroics, Dallas opened up a 14-point lead before he nailed the final of his five 3-pointers with 1:44 left. For his efforts, Nowitzki finished with nine Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 6/1/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)310101100049
    2. Jason Terry (Mavericks)201001100 146
    3. Adrian Griffin (Mavericks)001000000045
    4. Jerry Stackhouse (Mavericks)000000000 044
    4. Keith Van Horn (Mavericks)010001000044
    4. DeSagana Diop (Mavericks)000000000 044
    4. Josh Howard (Mavericks)000000000044
    4. Devin Harris (Mavericks)000000000 044


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    Howard
    June 3, 2006
    Dallas' Josh Howard was a major thorn in the side of Phoenix all series, so it was fitting that Howard stepped up in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Howard drained a 3-pointer with 1:29 seconds remaining to provide the final nail in the coffin as the Mavericks sealed a 102-93 road win on Saturday. The long-range bomb extended the lead to 10, capped off a nine-point fourth quarter for Howard, and helped propel Dallas to its first NBA Finals. The Maverick forward finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and seven Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 6/3/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Jerry Stackhouse (Mavericks)6000000660410
    2. Josh Howard (Mavericks)300001100 047
    3. Adrian Griffin (Mavericks)200001100046
    3. Jason Terry (Mavericks)211000042 046
    3. Raja Bell (Suns)600002200006