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Bibby comes through as Kings hold off Hawks

Mike Bibby scored 31 points, including a clinching jumper with 11.7 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings handed the Hawks their sixth straight loss, 100-97, last night in Atlanta.

The Hawks (5-26) have lost 11 of 12. Only New Orleans has a worse record.

Chris Webber bounced back from a 6-of-21 shooting performance in a loss to Toronto Wednesday night. He made his first six shots and finished 13 of 22 for 28 points.

But it was Bibby who made the biggest basket for the Kings after Tyronn Lue missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have put the Hawks ahead with 35 seconds left. Bibby hit a jumper from the top of the key to push the Kings to a 99-95 lead.

Timberwolves 89, 76ers 84 -- Sam Cassell scored Minnesota's first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 26 as the Timberwolves ended a four-game losing streak with a home victory over Philadelphia, which played without guard Allen Iverson.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, sat out the game with a sprained right ankle sustained Wednesday at Utah.

Wally Szczerbiak added 23 points for Minnesota, and Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Lakers 111, Rockets 104 -- Kobe Bryant had 27 points and 10 assists and host Los Angeles defeated Houston to snap a two-game losing skid. Four other Lakers scored in double figures, including Lamar Odom with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Caron Butler with 21 points.

Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 26 points. Yao Ming scored 25 points before fouling out with 2:18 remaining.

Heat 103, Trail Blazers 92 -- Miami began its longest road trip of the season by getting double-doubles from Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade to defeat injury-depleted Portland.

O'Neal had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Wade had 25 points and 12 assists for the Heat, who led by as many as 22 in winning for the 16th time in 17 games. Miami has won eight straight road games.

Nets 82, Warriors 72 -- Vince Carter scored 22 points, Richard Jefferson added 20, and New Jersey bounced back from two bad road losses to beat Golden State in East Rutherford, N.J. Jason Kidd added 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists as the Nets sent the Warriors to their fourth straight loss.

Magic 111, Bobcats 91 -- Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points and Pat Garrity added 16 as host Orlando rattled Charlotte. Grant Hill scored 16 points and Tony Battie added 13 on 6-for-6 shooting for the Magic, who on Nov. 6 became the first team to lose to the Bobcats.

Steve Francis had 10 points and tied his season high with 13 assists.

Bucks 107, Raptors 105 -- Desmond Mason had 23 points and Michael Redd scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee beat host Toronto in overtime.

Bulls 84, Jazz 78 -- Rookie Luol Deng had 22 points and 7 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 21 points to lead the host Bulls to a victory over the Jazz, Utah's eighth consecutive loss.

Grizzlies 84, Hornets 76 -- Pau Gasol scored 20 points and Shane Battier added 19 to help Memphis extend its winning streak to six games with a victory over visiting New Orleans.

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