New Jersey's Jason Kidd is one of the players featured in the weekend photo galleries: Saturday | Sunday
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Cassell is Colossal
Kevin Garnett is liking his new teammates more than ever. Sam Cassell, who won two rings with the Houston Rockets in the mid-'90s, scored a playoff career-high 40 points in Minnesota's Game 1 victory over Denver. The 33-year-old point guard played 42 minutes, knocked down 16 of his 24 shots -- including 5-of-6 from long-distance -- and added three assists and three boards.

X-Factor: Wade Wins It
The Miami Heat's rookie guard didn't play like a youngster against New Orleans in the closing seconds of his first playoff game. With 11 ticks on the clock and the contest tied at 79, Wade blazed past Baron Davis and into the lane, where he hit a runner over Jamaal Magloire to give Miami the two-point victory. Wade finished with 21 points, five boards and five assists.
Watch Wade's shot: 56k | 300k

Saturday, April 17
Sunday, April 18
Indiana 104, Boston 88 Detroit 108, Milwaukee 82
New Jersey 107, New York 83 Sacramento 116, Dallas 105
San Antonio 98, Memphis 74 Miami 91, New Orleans 79
L.A. Lakers 72, Houston 71 Minnesota 106, Denver 92

April 17-18, 2004


VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Dirk Nowitzki, Dal.
VGM value: 23.8
Sunday: The Dallas star turned in the weekend's most efficient performance, registering a plus-48 in a 116-105 loss at Sacramento on Sunday.

VIRTUAL GM BEST BUY
Anthony Peeler, Sac.
VGM value: 6.7
Sunday: The veteran scored 11 points in just 20 minutes and made all three of his 3-point attempts, including a crucial trey in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 116-105 win over the Mavericks.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Monday on TNT
Grizzlies at Spurs, 8 p.m. ET
T. Duncan: 32.0 efficiency rating
Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 ET
S. O'Neal: 18.0 efficiency rating

SPEAK IT, MAN
"I call him The Blanket. He was a blanket on him, all over him. He made every shot tough."
-- Indiana's Al Harrington, after teammate Ron Artest helped limit Paul Pierce to 5-for-18 shooting.

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))