|The Lakers' Vladimir Radmanovic (left) and Sacramento's Bobby Jackson battle for the ball in the Kings' win over Los Angeles. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)|
Kings surprise Bryant, Lakers
Cavaliers claim a milestone win
Francisco Garcia and John Salmons scored 21 points apiece, and the Sacramento Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak with a surprising 113-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night.
Bobby Jackson added 15 points for the Kings, whose first victory in nine home games was one of the NBA's most improbable results of the young season.
Sacramento, which had lost 11 of its last 12 games overall, steadily increased a fourth-quarter lead against the Lakers, who couldn't rally while Kobe Bryant struggled with 9-of-25 shooting.
Cavaliers 114, Raptors 94 - LeBron James scored 31 points and set the team record for steals, Zydrunas Ilgauskas became the Cavaliers' career leader in rebounds, and Cleveland moved to 12-0 at home.
In winning their ninth straight by at least 12 points, the Cavaliers, now 17-1 since Nov. 3, are the first team in league history to win nine consecutive games in a season so handily. Cleveland came in tied with Portland (1990-91), Chicago (1996-97), Detroit (2003-04), and Houston (2007-08).
"Knowing the history of some of the great teams, it's unbelievable for our franchise to accomplish something like that," James said.
James passed Mark Price (734) for the club's steals mark, and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists in just 30 minutes. Ilgauskas surpassed Brad Daugherty (5,227) as Cleveland's career rebound leader.
Wizards 107, Pistons 94 - Caron Butler scored his expected 33 points, Juan Dixon added an unexpected 16, Darius Songaila had 15, and host Washington overcame a miserable start.
After a lifeless 1 1/2 quarters in which the Wizards dug themselves a 17-point hole, they suddenly came to life to outscore the Pistons by 28 over the final 29 minutes.
Jazz 99, Timberwolves 96 - Kevin McHale instilled some energy into his team in his first game as coach after the firing of Randy Wittman but host Minnesota's poor free throw shooting cost it.
Mehmet Okur hit the go-ahead shot with 1.7 seconds to play and Utah capitalized on 16 missed free throws by the Timberwolves to rally for the victory.
Rockets 92, Hawks 84 - Yao Ming scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, and host Houston rallied in the fourth quarter.
Luis Scola had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 19, and the Rockets outrebounded Atlanta, 57-40, to hand the Hawks their 10th straight loss in Houston.
Bulls 105, Knicks 100 - Larry Hughes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 55 seconds to go and Chicago rallied in the fourth quarter to beat visiting New York.Bulls rookie Derrick Rose, who needed 10 stitches to close a cut on his left forearm from a freak accident at home Monday morning, scored 15 points. He said he suffered the cut in his bed when he rolled on a knife that he'd been using to peel an apple.
Spurs 133, Mavericks 126 - Tim Duncan scored 8 of his 32 points in the decisive second overtime, Tony Parker added 29 points and 10 assists, and visiting San Antonio beat Dallas.
Magic 109, Trail Blazers 108 - Hedo Turkoglu banked in a 3-pointer from 25 feet with less than one second remaining, and visiting Orlando rallied from a late 8-point deficit to beat Portland.
Suns 125, Bucks 110 - Shaquille O'Neal scored a season-high 35 points to lead host Phoenix over Milwaukee.