Last night in the NBA

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The Sacramento Kingspulled off a shocker Tuesday

night while playingwithout their leading scorer.

The Kings had dropped 11 of their last12 games until Francisco

Garcia and John Salmonseach scored 21 points in a 113-101 win over

the Los Angeles Lakers.Bobby Jackson delivered 15 points for the

Kings, who scored thefirst eight points of the fourth quarter to

take a 97-82 lead.

Sacramento won it while Kevin Martin satout the game with an

ankle injury.

Kobe Bryant paced all scorers with 28points but shot only

9-for-25 as the Lakerslost for only the third time in 20 games.


Also in the NBA, Cleveland made it ninestraight victories and

improved to 12-and-0 athome by dominating the second half of a

114-94 rout of Toronto.LeBron James scored 31 points for the Cavs,

who opened the thirdquarter on a 23-2 run. James also set a team

record for careersteals, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas breakthe Cleveland

mark for all-time rebounds.


Hedo Turkogludrained a three-pointer in

the final second asOrlando knocked off Portland 109-108 after

trailing by eight latein the game. Rashard Lewis dropped in 27

points and hit six ofthe Magic's 14 three-pointers.


Tim Duncan scored eight of his 32 pointsin double-overtime to

push San Antonio pastthe Mavericks 133-126 in Dallas. Tony Parker

added 29 points and 10assists to the Spurs' 10th victory in 13



Houston was a 92-84 winner againstAtlanta behind Yao Ming's 24

points and season-high19 rebounds. Luis Scola added 12 points and

10 boards to the win.


Phoenix got a season-high 35 points fromShaquille O'Neal in a

125-110 win overMilwaukee. A'mare Stoudemire contributed 22 points

to the Suns' 21ststraight win against the Bucks.


Minnesota had a seven-point lead with2:45 remaining before Utah

pulled out a 99-96victory, spoiling Kevin McHale's first game as

the Timberwolves' headcoach. Mehmet Okur (MEH'-met oh-KOOR') hit

the go-ahead shot with1.7 seconds remaining.


Detroit fell to 7-and-9 since puttingAllen Iverson in the

lineup, blowing a 17-pointlead in a 107-94 setback in Washington.

Caron (kah-RAHN') Butlerdropped in 33 points and Juan Dixon added

16 as the Wizards wonfor only the fourth time in 19 games.


Larry Hughes nailed a tiebreakingthree-pointer with 55 seconds

left in Chicago's105-100 verdict over New York. Drew Gooden had a

season-high 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners.

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