Kings lead from start to finish

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Kings 118, Mavericks 111

Kings 118, Mavericks 111

In Sacramento, California, Chris Webber scored 31 points as Sacramento led from start to finish in a 118-11 victory over Dallas.

The Kings had a 21-point lead at halftime and the margin remained in double figures for much of the game as the Mavericks lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

Dallas cut the lead to six points three times late in the fourth, but the Kings responded with a basket each time.

Michael Finley had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks.


Raptors 98, Cavaliers 95

In Cleveland, Vince Carter scored 36 points, including a decisive 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, to lead Toronto over Cleveland.

Carter broke an 88-88 tie with a 26-foot jump shot from the left wing as the shot clock was about to expire to put Toronto ahead to stay.

Bob Sura and Lamond Murray each scored 20 points to lead Cleveland, which lost its seventh straight.


76ers 92, SuperSonics 86

In Seattle, Allen Iverson scored 34 points to help lead Philadelphia to a victory over Seattle.

The 76ers scored the last eight points of the game, including Iverson's two clinching free throws with nine seconds left, as they swept the season series from the Sonics for the first time since the 1991-92 season.

Philadelphia reserves Larry Hughes and Todd MacCullough scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the 76ers.

Vin Baker's free throw gave the Sonics an 86-84 lead with 1:49 left. But the Sonics missed their final shots, including four 3-pointers.


Suns 108, Warriors 88

In Phoenix, Cliff Robinson scored 25 points in three quarters as Phoenix routed Golden State.

Robinson, counted on heavily for scoring by the short-handed Suns, has averaged 25.6 points in his last nine games.

Jason Kidd added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Phoenix improved to 5-2 under new coach Scott Skiles, even though the team is without starters Tom Gugliotta, Penny Hardaway and Shawn Marion.

The Suns shot 58 percent from the field against the Warriors, who have lost three in a row and five of six to fall to 6-21, the second-worst record in the NBA.


Nets 103, Bulls 76

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, sinking to new depths in its sorry season, Chicago tied an NBA record with just three assists, missed at least a half-dozen layups and even sent Dickey Simpkins out with the name misspelled on his uniform Sunday night in a loss to New Jersey.

Chicago (2-22) remained on pace to eclipse the worst record in NBA history - 9-73 by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

Keith Van Horn scored 17 points - all in the first half - to lead six Nets players in double figures. Kendall Gill added 14, Kerry Kittles had 12 and Stephon Marbury had 12 points and 11 assists.

New Jersey won its seventh straight home game.


Bucks 93, Heat 85

In Milwaukee, Glenn Robinson scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Ray Allen added 22 as Milwaukee beat Miami.

The Bucks blew a big early lead, just as they did earlier this month in home losses to Detroit and Denver. But this time, Robinson wouldn't let Milwaukee lose the game.

Robinson, who was supplanted by Allen as the Bucks' leading scorer last week, hit 5-of-8 shots in the fourth and sealed the win on a 20-footer with 1:15 to play that was the game's final field goal. Miami had cut Milwaukee's 18-point lead to 74-72 with eight minutes to play.

The win was the Bucks' fifth in seven games, while the Heat lost their fifth in seven.


Nuggets 109, Grizzlies 86

In Denver, Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel scored 22 points apiece as Denver matched its victory total from last season.

Raef LaFrentz added 16 points and eight rebounds for Denver (14-12) which won only 14 of 50 games a year ago. McDyess added 10 rebounds and Van Exel had 13 assists for Denver.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Vancouver, losers of 10 of 11 road games.


Pistons 114, Hornets 96

At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Grant Hill scored 30 points and Jerome Williams added a career-high 21 rebounds to help Detroit beat Charlotte.

Jerry Stackhouse added 22 points for Detroit, while Lindsey Hunter had 19. Anthony Mason led Charlotte with 28.

Both teams entered the game having lost two in a row, but the Hornets preceded theirs with an eight-game winning streak, while the Pistons have been struggling to get over .500 for weeks.