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Ginobili
April 1, 2006
With the Spurs clinging to a two-point lead and under three minutes to go, they turned to Manu Ginobili to seal the deal. The guard scored the final 14 points for San Antonio as the Spurs notched an important 106-99 victory over the visiting Wizards. Ginobili hit a 3-pointer to increase the San Antonio lead to seven with 1:45 left to play and added another key jumper with 59 ticks remaining. For his efforts, Ginobili finished with 16 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/1/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Manu Ginobili (Spurs)12000022770416
    2. LeBron James (Cavaliers)621002222 0413
    3. Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)210011100048
    3. Michael Redd (Bucks)410001121 048
    3. Charlie Bell (Bucks)301001100048
    3. Maurice Williams (Bucks)400002200 048
    3. Andres Nocioni (Bulls)400000044048


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    Paul
    April 2, 2006
    Chris Paul notched his first career triple-double on Sunday. The Hornets needed all of his rebounds, assists and points in order to beat the Raptors, 120-113 in double overtime. Paul, who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, was at his best in the extra periods. He scored seven points in the second overtime, including a key 3-pointer that gave the Hornets a 111-103 lead with three minutes left to play. For his efforts, Paul notched 13 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/2/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Speedy Claxton (Hornets)7031021551413
    1. Marcus Banks (Timberwolves)821004322 1413
    1. Chris Paul (Hornets)9200042440413
    4. Rasual Butler (Hornets)630004200 0411
    5. Ricky Davis (Timberwolves)6201011641410
    5. Linton Johnson (Hornets)350002121 0410


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    Gordon
    April 4, 2006
    Whatever the Bulls got Ben Gordon for his 23rd birthday isn't nearly enough. The reserve guard deserves much more following an outstanding clutch performance on his birthday in Tuesday's 102-96 home win over Indiana. Gordon scored 16 of his 23 points in the final period as the Bulls overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull within one-half game of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the East. Gordon's 3-pointer with 1:51 left gave Chicago a 95-94 lead, its first since early in the third quarter. Jeff Foster's basket with 1:22 to play put Indiana back in front, but Gordon responded with a long jumper 10 seconds later to put the Bulls ahead to stay. Big Ben's trey with 16 seconds to go sealed the Bulls' third straight win and gave him 12 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/4/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Ben Gordon (Bulls)8000033000412
    2. Chauncey Billups (Pistons)600000066 0410
    2. Primoz Brezec (Bobcats)6000022220410
    4. Ryan Gomes (Celtics)520002143 049
    5. Paul Pierce (Celtics)320000043048
    5. Manu Ginobili (Spurs)410000044 148
    5. Tony Allen (Celtics)201101100048


    10
    Childress
    April 5, 2006
    Atlanta's Josh Childress made sure the Timberwolves would not have a chance to extend Wednesday's back-and-forth game any longer. Childress finished off a fast break with a layup just before the buzzer in a 101-99 win at home. The second-year swingman did much more than just provide the exclamation point to the thrilling victory. His follow-up dunk with 1:52 to play gave the Hawks a 91-90 lead and he went 1-of-2 from the line to push the edge to 99-97 with six ticks remaining. Minnesota knotted the game on a Ricky Davis bucket with just 2.2 seconds to go, but that left just enough time for Childress. He finished the night with 10 points, eight rebounds and 10 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/5/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Josh Childress (Hawks)5200022210410
    2. Hedo Turkoglu (Magic)400100044 049
    2. Chris Duhon (Bulls)510001055049
    4. Tyronn Lue (Hawks)301001100 048
    4. Gilbert Arenas (Wizards)310001100048
    4. Carlos Arroyo (Magic)500003211 048
    4. Flip Murray (Cavaliers)521002211008
    4. Linton Johnson (Hornets)230002100 048
    4. Chris Paul (Hornets)241002022148


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    Anthony
    April 6, 2006
    Denver's Carmelo Anthony has quickly earned a reputation as one of the league's best players in the clutch and he lived up to that distinction on Thursday night. The Lakers rallied from 18 down behind yet another 40-point game from Kobe Bryant, but Anthony delivered the game-winning jumper with 3.8 seconds to go in overtime. It was his fifth game-winner of the season and provided the final margin in a thrilling 110-108 triumph. 'Melo had helped the Nuggets overcome a pair of deficits in the extra period before providing the dagger. He knotted the game at 101 with two free throws and put Denver up 102-101 with another shot from the stripe with 3:10 left in OT. With the Lakers leading 103-102, Anthony restored the Nuggets' lead on a jumper with 2:26 to go. He finished the night with 33 points and seven Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/6/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Clifford Robinson (Nets)400002200048
    1. Marcus Camby (Nuggets)050000000 148
    1. Chauncey Billups (Pistons)202000022048
    1. Richard Hamilton (Pistons)400002200 048
    5. Ruben Patterson (Nuggets)200010022047
    5. Tayshaun Prince (Pistons)210001100 047
    5. Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets)700004243147


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    Artest
    April 7, 2006
    Sacramento's Ron Artest is known for his defense, but it was his offense that lifted the Kings down the stretch on Friday. With Sacto trailing the Clippers (the No. 5 team in the West) by three, Artest brought the ball up court and stuck a trifecta to tie the game at 92 with 1:10 remaining. The ball went back to him in the Kings' next trip up the court and this time he bodied his way into the lane and hit a fadeaway over Cuttino Mobley to give Sacramento a 94-92 lead with 34 ticks to go. The Kings left L.A. with a 96-93 win and moved into the No. 7 spot in the West with five games left. Artest finished with 10 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/7/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Pau Gasol (Grizzlies)4301011220412
    2. Paul Pierce (Celtics)231100022 0411
    2. Joe Johnson (Hawks)4111000440411
    4. Ray Allen (SuperSonics)420000044 0410
    4. Ron Artest (Kings)5100022000410


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    James
    April 8, 2006
    With the Nets currently owning the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed and the Cavaliers firmly entrenched in the fourth spot, Saturday's matinee matchup did not serve as a first-round playoff preview, but it still had a lot riding on it. LeBron James scored 18 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter - the ninth straight game he has had at least 35 - as Cleveland roared back to snap New Jersey's 14-game winning tear, 108-102. James capped the comeback by coming up with a loose ball and driving all the way downcourt for a layup with Jason Kidd draped all over him and just 50.8 seconds left on the clock. He converted the ensuing free throw for a 101-101 tie and the Cavs never again trailed, thanks to three more LeBron foul shots. "King James" earned nine Nestlé Crunch Time Points for his efforts.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/8/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)6100000660411
    2. LeBron James (Cavaliers)600102154 049
    3. Larry Hughes (Cavaliers)220000022048
    3. Mehmet Okur (Jazz)230000022 148
    3. Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets)400001122048


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    Knight
    April 9, 2006
    While the matinee matchup between the Raptors and Bobcats on Sunday didn't have any playoff implications, Charlotte's Brevin Knight played like an NBA Finals MVP in the clutch. Knight set up teammate Jumaine Jones with an assist on a jumper that put the Bobcats up 86-84 with 1:24 remaining. After Toronto tied it back up, Knight scored a driving layup with 42.4 ticks left to put Charlotte up two again. The veteran point guard stole the ball from Toronto with 24 seconds left and tacked on a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line down the stretch to assure Charlotte the 94-88 road win. Knight finished with 19 points - six in the final minute - and 10 assists as he earned 12 Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/9/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Kobe Bryant (Lakers)8101022220414
    2. Brevin Knight (Bobcats)601101144 0412
    3. Jumaine Jones (Bobcats)4300022000411
    4. Ray Allen (SuperSonics)300001100 047
    4. Mike Bibby (Kings)012000000047
    4. Brad Miller (Kings)300001100 047
    4. Trenton Hassell (Timberwolves)210001100047


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    Marshall
    April 10, 2006
    Cleveland's Donyell Marshall is known as a 3-point specialist and he lived up to his reputation on Monday night. The 6-foot-9 forward was 4-of-5 from behind the arc and delivered a crucial trey down the stretch in a 103-101 win over the Hornets. Marshall knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:26 to go, pushing a one-point lead to four. He also grabbed an offensive rebound with 51 seconds to play, extending the possession before Anderson Varejao went 1-of-2 from the line for a 101-98 edge. New Orleans/Oklahoma City rallied to tie the game, but LeBron James hit a jumper with 0.5 ticks left for a Cavs win. Marshall finished 6-of-7 from the floor en route to 16 points and he added seven rebounds and 12 Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/10/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. DerMarr Johnson (Nuggets)5100011220410
    2. Donyell Marshall (Cavaliers)310001100 048
    2. Willie Green (76ers)310001100048
    4. Marcus Camby (Nuggets)211002100 047
    4. Samuel Dalembert (76ers)200010022047
    4. Carlos Boozer (Jazz)310000043 047


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    Gordon
    April 11, 2006
    The Bulls were in a must-win situation Tuesday night and Ben Gordon did his best to make to keep them in the mix for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. Vince Carter scored 17 points in the final two minutes as the Nets tried to catch Chicago, but Gordon nearly matched him as the Bulls pulled back into a tie for eighth place with a 104-101 win. The second-year guard banked in a 3-pointer with 1:36 to go for a 90-84 lead and then answered a Carter layup with a three-point play for a 93-86 advantage with 1:22 remaining. Gordon had eight more chances from the line the rest of the way and converted them all to seal the victory. He finished with a team-high 36 points and 18 Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/11/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Ben Gordon (Bulls)14000022990418
    2. Vince Carter (Nets)1710007555 0016
    3. Steve Nash (Suns)300001100047
    3. Malik Allen (Bulls)310001121 047
    5. Tim Thomas (Suns)020000000046
    5. Derek Anderson (Heat)200000022 046
    5. Shawn Marion (Suns)200000022046
    5. Boris Diaw (Suns)210001100 146


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    Battier
    April 12, 2006
    The Grizzlies, gearing up for the Western Conference playoffs, headed to Charlotte on Wednesday to face a Bobcats team with less than half of Memphis' win total. Judging by the effort the Bobcats gave, you would have thought they were headed to the playoffs as well. Memphis led by just one point with 1:39 remaining when Shane Battier stuck a jumper to give the Grizzlies an 89-86 edge. The former Dukie corralled two defensive rebounds down the stretch to assure Memphis the 96-88 win. Memphis maintained its West No. 5 standing thanks in part to Battier's eight Nestle Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/12/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Mike Miller (Grizzlies)211000022048
    1. Shane Battier (Grizzlies)220001100 048
    1. Trenton Hassell (Timberwolves)220000022048
    1. Chris Kaman (Clippers)210010022 048
    1. Marquis Daniels (Mavericks)611003300008


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    Murray
    April 13, 2006
    The Cavaliers, playing without superstar LeBron James (sprained ankle), trailed the Knicks by nine late in the fourth quarter before they "flipped" the momentum. After spurring an 11-0 run, Ronald "Flip" Murray nailed a 3-point dagger with 41.8 seconds remaining to put the Cavs ahead by a deuce. Then, with only 9.7 ticks left on the clock, Murray was fouled and sent to the line. He calmly drilled both free throws to ice the 91-87 home victory. Murray scored 12 of his 13 points in the fourth period to go along with nine Nestle Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/13/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Flip Murray (Cavaliers)500001122049
    1. Boris Diaw (Suns)500002211 049
    3. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cavaliers)201010022048
    3. Larry Hughes (Cavaliers)220001100 048
    5. Donyell Marshall (Cavaliers)200000022046
    5. Darko Milicic (Magic)200011022 046


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    James
    April 14, 2006
    Mike James added more evidence to his case as the Most Improved Player of the NBA this season. The guard scored the Raptors' final 12 points in the last 76 seconds of an impressive 108-103 triumph over Detroit. James' driving finger roll with 55.4 seconds left put Toronto up 103-100, and his free throws kept the Pistons at bay the rest of the way. James finished with a career-high 39 points and 16 Nestle Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/14/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Mike James (Raptors)1200001110100416
    2. Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)220011100 049
    3. Clifford Robinson (Nets)400101121048
    3. Lamar Odom (Lakers)211001100 048
    5. Lindsey Hunter (Pistons)511002200007
    5. Tyson Chandler (Bulls)210001100 047
    5. Jason Richardson (Warriors)201000022047
    5. Chris Kaman (Clippers)210000022 047
    5. Ben Gordon (Bulls)310002100047
    5. Sasha Vujacic (Lakers)310002100 047
    5. Deron Williams (Jazz)210000022047


    10
    Ely
    April 15, 2006
    Melvin Ely was quiet for the first 48 minutes Saturday, but he made some noise in overtime. The Charlotte big man scored five points in the extra session and also grabbed a key rebound in a 92-91 victory over the visiting Pacers. The 6-foot-10 forward started strong in the extra period by hitting a hook shot to tie the game at 86-86 with 4:14 left. With Charlotte trailing by two, he grabbed an offensive rebound, was fouled and hit 1-of-2 from the line with 2:53 left. He delivered another hook shot with 1:15 left on the clock, knotting the game at 91-91. Indiana didn't score again and Alan Anderson hit a free throw to provide the final margin. Ely finished with 14 points, nine boards and 10 Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/15/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Melvin Ely (Bobcats)5200022210410
    2. Josh Smith (Hawks)211000022 048
    3. Tyronn Lue (Hawks)210001100047
    3. Hedo Turkoglu (Magic)210000022 047
    3. Primoz Brezec (Bobcats)420005200047
    3. Alan Anderson (Bobcats)140001021 047


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    Robinson
    April 16, 2006
    Having already locked up the Atlantic Division title and Eastern Conference's third seed, Clifford Robinson and the Nets entered play Sunday gearing up for the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics, however, came ready for a battle. After the Nets built an early 14-point lead, Boston rallied late after New Jersey pulled its starters for the majority of the fourth quarter. But the Nets were able to fend of the young Celtics and old-man Robinson, a 17-year veteran, iced it with a layup in the final two-minutes. His basket pushed the lead to six, as the Nets held on for a 95-93 home win. In addition to his 11 points and six rebounds, he finished with eight Nestlé Crunch Time Points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/16/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Rasho Nesterovic (Spurs)210011100048
    2. Clifford Robinson (Nets)320002121 047
    2. Brent Barry (Spurs)201001100047
    2. Fabricio Oberto (Spurs)210001100 047
    5. Antonio Daniels (Wizards)200001100046
    5. Jared Jeffries (Wizards)020000000 046


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    Gordon
    April 17, 2006
    The Bulls had plenty to play for Monday in Orlando, despite having wrapped up a playoff berth with Sunday's win in Miami. Chicago entered action locked into a three-way tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. With the Bucks and Pacers on their ways to easy victories, the Bulls trailed by as many as 16 in the third quarter before kicking it into gear and forcing overtime behind big efforts from Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich forced the extra frame with a jumper, allowing Gordon to pump in six of his 18 points, two of which came on a layup with 2:21 left in OT that put Chicago up five. He added a pair of steals and seven free throws to ice a 116-112 win. He finished with 15 Nestlé Crunch Time points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/17/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Ben Gordon (Bulls)9112021870415
    2. Kirk Hinrich (Bulls)11110021129 1412
    3. Hedo Turkoglu (Magic)830002243109
    3. Keith Bogans (Rockets)202101100 049
    3. Luol Deng (Bulls)420003200049
    3. Raymond Felton (Bobcats)400102200 049


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    Thomas
    April 18, 2006
    The playoff-bound Kings concluded their regular season Tuesday night, and Kenny Thomas made sure it ended on a winning note. The power forward put up huge numbers -- 17 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists -- in Sacramento's 111-105 win over Seattle, capping his night on a dunk with 3:16 to go that gave the Kings a three-point lead, and another slam with 1:59 to go that made it a six-point game. He finished with 10 Nestlé Crunch Time points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/18/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Kenny Thomas (Kings)4101011220410
    2. Gilbert Arenas (Wizards)400100044 049
    3. Tyronn Lue (Hawks)500003200048
    3. Mike Miller (Grizzlies)301001100 048
    5. Eddie Jones (Grizzlies)300001100047
    5. Andre Iguodala (76ers)400002122 047


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    Roberts
    April 19, 2006
    You could say that Memphis' Lawrence Roberts was just saving his best for last. In the Grizzlies' regular-season finale, the rookie forward put up career numbers in a 102-92 double-OT win over Minnesota. Roberts' dunk with 1:37 left in the fourth brought the Grizz to within three. He got the assist on Brian Cardinal's 3-pointer with 18.5 ticks to go that sent the game to overtime knotted at 80. In the extra session, Roberts' tip-in tied the game at 82-82 with 3:13 remaining. The contest continued on to a second OT where Roberts grabbed four more rebounds and scored six more points, including two on a fadeaway that put Memphis up handily, 94-87, with 2:33 left. He finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a whopping 25 Nestlé Crunch Time points.
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  • Nestle Crunch Time Points For The Day 4/19/06
    Player Pt RB Ats Stl Bk FGA FGM FTA FTM TO W/L* Nestle
    1. Lawrence Roberts (Grizzlies)101011065000425
    2. Brian Cardinal (Grizzlies)1232006400 1418
    3. Luke Ridnour (SuperSonics)4111011220411
    4. Walter McCarty (Clippers)600003200 049
    4. Carlos Boozer (Jazz)410002200049
    4. CJ Miles (Jazz)401000044 049