Chris Webber headed to the visitors' locker room before the final seconds ticked off the clock. Webber got nothing but love in his return to Sacramento, but he couldn't get a win.
Webber had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back at Arco Arena since the Kings traded him last month, but Cuttino Mobley scored 30 points in the Kings' 118-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night.
Webber's homecoming was more bitter than sweet in his first trip back since he was sent to Philadelphia in a six-player trade last month. The sellout crowd showered Webber with constant cheers, including a lengthy standing ovation during pregame introductions -- but the Kings controlled the game with the up-tempo offense Webber so loved to play.
Mobley hit six 3-pointers in his best game since joining the Kings, and fellow newcomer Kenny Thomas had 20 points and 15 rebounds against his former team.
After hitting four of his first five shots, Webber never got in a rhythm. The five-time All-Star went 8 for 26, missing nine of his 12 shots after halftime. He also sat on the bench for a long stretch of the fourth quarter.
Nets 95, Bobcats 91 -- Vince Carter scored 39 points and visiting New Jersey hung on to beat Charlotte and move within 2 1/2 games of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carter, who scored 15 of the Nets' 19 points in the first quarter, helped the Nets snap a two-game losing streak.
The Nets have won six of their last eight. Bobcats leading scorer and rebounder Emeka Okafor, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Saturday's win over Miami, was not expected to be in the lineup 45 minutes before tipoff, but started and had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his 37th double-double.
Cavaliers 109, Hornets 108 -- LeBron James scored 44 points, igniting visiting Cleveland's comeback from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit in an overtime defeat of New Orleans.
Drew Gooden, who hadn't scored since the first quarter, clinched the victory with a 3-point play after he rebounded James's miss and scored as he was fouled with 6.4 seconds left in the extra period.
Dan Dickau's driving floater that could have won the game for New Orleans in the final seconds bounced wide off the glass, and Gooden grabbed the rebound and hurled it as the buzzer sounded, ending Cleveland's two-game losing streak.
Pacers 90, Bucks 76 -- Reggie Miller scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter to lead visiting Indiana over Milwaukee. Miller, who was ejected in the second quarter of a 4-point loss Saturday at Chicago, made 5 of 7 3-pointers and sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Pacers held a comfortable lead.
Michael Redd had 14 points to lead the Bucks, who matched their season-high with a sixth straight loss.
Wizards 114, Trail Blazers 106 -- Gilbert Arenas scored 28 points and Larry Hughes added 25 to lead visiting Washington over Portland.
Etan Thomas, starting in place of the injured Brendan Haywood, had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who maintained a one-game lead over Chicago in the race for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Mavericks 95, Pistons 88 -- Josh Howard scored 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 as visiting Dallas beat slumping Detroit. The Mavericks have won six of seven, while the defending champions lost for the fourth time in five games.
Bulls 94, Grizzlies 86 -- Eddy Curry scored 25 points and host Chicago nearly blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead before beating Memphis for its sixth straight victory.
Ben Gordon added 17 points for the Bulls, while Tyson Chandler had 14 rebounds and scored 13 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds left to put Chicago up by 6.
Suns 123, Nuggets 114 -- Joe Johnson had 8 points and Steve Nash 5 during a fourth-quarter run that carried host Phoenix over Denver.
The Suns snapped a Denver winning streak for the second time this month. The Nuggets had won eight straight when Phoenix beat them, 106-101, in Denver March 13, and they won their next six before visiting Phoenix.
Rockets 99, Jazz 85 -- Tracy McGrady scored 44 points, and Mike James had 14 of his 16 in the second half to lead visiting Houston past Utah. Yao Ming finished with 15 points for Houston.
Warriors 108, Knicks 100 -- Baron Davis had 33 points and Troy Murphy added 19 points and 19 rebounds to lead host Golden State to its fifth win in its last six games.
Magic 109, Hawks 102 -- Steve Francis had 30 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds, and Grant Hill and Dwight Howard each had a double-double to lead host Orlando to its second win in 12 games.