Mike Bibby and Brad Miller made the wait for Ron Artest a little easier for the Sacramento Kings.
Bibby scored 8 of his 35 points in overtime and added 10 assists, and Miller had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the short-handed Kings past the Knicks, 106-102, last night in New York.
Sacramento acquired the volatile Artest from the Indiana Pacers for Peja Stojakovic in a trade shortly before the game. The Kings hope Artest, a superb all-around player who is one of the league's best defenders, will join them in time for their game at Boston tomorrow night.
Cavaliers 106, Hawks 97 -- LeBron James had 38 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists as Cleveland won its third straight game with a victory in Atlanta.
The Cavaliers were winning, 94-93, with 3:17 left before closing the game on a 12-4 run. Donyell Marshall, who finished with 19 points, started the run with a 3-pointer and then put the game away hitting another 3 with 58.1 seconds left that made the score 104-95.
Pistons 106, Bucks 102 -- Chauncey Billups scored 11 points in overtime to help Detroit win its ninth straight game, beating Milwaukee in overtime in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Pistons had to overcome 41 points from Michael Redd, including 31 in the second half. It matched his career high.
Spurs 84, Hornets 68 -- Tim Duncan scored 17 points and San Antonio handed New Orleans its worst defeat in Oklahoma City.
Tony Parker had 14 points for the Spurs and Nick Van Exel added 13, including a season-high four 3-pointers, as the Spurs pulled away to a 15-point first-half lead.
Grizzlies 107, Timberwolves 87 -- Pau Gasol broke out of an offensive slump and scored 30 points to help host Memphis beat Minnesota.
Gasol connected on 9 of 14 shots and all 12 of his free throws to lead five Grizzlies in double figures.
Rockets 102, Bobcats 78 -- Tracy McGrady scored 29 points in three quarters as Houston snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a win over Charlotte.
SuperSonics 113, Jazz 94 -- Ray Allen had 22 points and six assists and Seattle won consecutive games for the first time under coach Bob Hill, beating Utah in Salt Lake City.
Mavericks 102, Warriors 93 -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and visiting Dallas roared past Golden State for its sixth straight victory.
Clippers 90, Nets 77 -- Elton Brand scored 10 of his 19 points in the first five minutes, Sam Cassell and Chris
Nuggets 97, Trail Blazers 94 -- Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points to help Denver win its seventh straight game, rallying to beat host Portland.
Bulls 104, Raptors 88 -- Chris Duhon scored 26 points and Chicago routed host Toronto.