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
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.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times