NBA ROUNDUP Saturday's playoff games
Kings 90, Jazz 87
SALT LAKE CITY -- For the second time, a Utah mistake in the closing seconds cost the Jazz a chance at a playoff victory over Sacramento. Mike Bibby scored 26 points and Peja Stojakovic had 21 as the Kings escaped with a victory over the Jazz, giving Sacramento a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Kings can wrap up the series in Game 4 on Monday night. In both of their playoff losses, the Jazz made a late gaffe. In Game 1, Scott Padgett tried to tip in a 3-pointer when Utah trailed by three. This time, Bryon Russell missed a layup attempt that would have closed the Jazz to 88-87 in the final minute. But Russell put too much spin on the ball, and it went straight up and down in front of the hoop. Hedo Turkoglu went up and grabbed it, and Doug Christie shot 2-for-4 from the foul line in the final 17.3 seconds as the Kings barely hung on. The Kings played another ugly game, shooting 35 percent and committing 20 turnovers, but it didn't matter when Rusty LaRue's two 3-pointers in the final 8 seconds failed to drop for Utah. Karl Malone scored 23 points, Donyell Marshall had 16 and John Stockton added 15 for the Jazz.
Hornets 110, Magic 100, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Baron Davis refused to be stopped by having a game-winning basket taken away in the last second of regulation. Instead, he finished with a triple-double and scored eight of his 33 points in overtime, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic for a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Davis appeared to have won the game won in regulation on a buzzer-beating, banked 3-pointer following an in-bounds pass with 0.7 seconds remaining. However, official Bernie Fryer waved off the score and refused to be swayed by the Hornets' vehement protests. Television replays were conclusive that Davis got the shot off before time expired. But Fryer explained after the game that the officiating crew conferred before the in-bounds pass and agreed that a catch, turn and shot by a player would not be allowed in the allotted time. Davis also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists as Charlotte got within one victory of winning the best-of-five series. The Hornets can advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a victory in Game 4 Tuesday night in Orlando. P.J. Brown added 17 points for Charlotte.
Spurs 102, SuperSonics 75
SEATTLE -- With David Robinson in San Antonio resting his injured back, Tim Duncan got all the help he needed from rookie Tony Parker. Duncan had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Parker, a 19-year-old lightning quick guard from the French A League, added 23 points as the Spurs beat the Seattle SuperSonics to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Game 4 of the best-of-five series will be played in Seattle on Wednesday night. If a Game 5 is necessary, it will be played Friday night in San Antonio. Gary Payton, Seattle's eight-time All-Star point guard, couldn't handle Parker on defense, but led the Sonics with 20 points. Parker, the son of former Loyola of Chicago player Tony Parker Sr. and a native of Belgium, showed he was on the verge of becoming a star in the NBA with his career playoff high. He was 10-for-15 from the field and had five rebounds and four assists. He had 21 and 13 points in each of the first two playoff games. The Sonics beat the Spurs 98-90 in Game 2 in San Antonio on Monday night, but it was all Spurs after a close first quarter Saturday. The Spurs shot 53.3 percent (40-for-75) to Seattle's 36 percent (31-for-86). The Sonics outrebounded San Antonio 41-39.
Raptors 94, Pistons 84
TORONTO -- Antonio Davis was all but unstoppable, while Jerry Stackhouse was practically invisible. Davis was 14-of-19 from the field and scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors avoided being eliminated from the playoffs with a victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of their first-round series. Playing under control and with a sense of desperation, the Raptors found a way to shut down Stackhouse and capitalize on their height advantage. Keon Clark added 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, Alvin Williams scored 17 and Chris Childs had 12 points and 10 assists in his second consecutive start. The Raptors led by as many as 20 points and withstood a 10-0 run by the Pistons in the fourth quarter to force Game 4 Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. Stackhouse missed his first seven shots, was scoreless in the first half and finished with 11 points on 2-for-10 shooting. In addition, he was taunted by a sellout crowd that chanted his name as he struggled. Chucky Atkins scored 13 of Detroit's first 16 points and led the Pistons with 21.
-- Associated Press