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KINGS 100, HAWKS 97



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Kings 100, Hawks 97

ATLANTA -- Mike Bibby scored 31 points, including a clinching jumper with 11.7 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings handed Atlanta its sixth straight loss, 100-97 Friday night. The Hawks (5-26) have lost 11 of 12. Only New Orleans has a worse record. Chris Webber bounced back from a 6-of-21 shooting performance in a loss to Toronto. He made his first six shots and finished 13-of-22 from the field for 28 points. Al Harrington led the Hawks with 22 points. Walker added 21 but he had another dismal night at the foul line, missing all five of his attempts to drop his season percentage below 52 percent.

Grizzlies 84, Hornets 76

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pau Gasol scored 20 points and Shane Battier added 19 to help the Memphis Grizzlies extend their winning streak to six games with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Memphis outscored New Orleans 8-1 in the final 2:23 to improve to 18-17, the first time the Grizzlies have been above .500 this season. The Hornets dropped to an NBA-worst 2-29 with their 10th straight loss. Gasol added 11 rebounds, and Battier had 10 rebounds and five blocks. The Hornets closed within a point twice in the fourth quarter, the final time at 76-75 on Rodney Rogers' two free throws with 2:23 left.

Pistons 110, Celtics 104

BOSTON -- Richard Hamilton scored 25 points, recovering from a dubious record-setting night by making two key baskets down the stretch to help Detroit beat the Celtics. Chauncey Billups scored 22 for the defending NBA champions, who lost to Memphis 101-79 on Thursday night as Hamilton went 0-for-10 from the field and 14-for-14 from the line to become the first player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring without making a single basket.

Nets 82, Warriors 72

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter scored 22 points, Richard Jefferson added 20 and New Jersey bounced back from two bad road losses to beat Golden State. Jason Kidd added 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the Nets sent the Warriors to their fourth straight loss. Mike Dunleavy, Calbert Cheaney and Mickael Pietrus scored 12 points apiece for the Warriors, who played their fourth straight game without starting shooting guard Jason Richardson (sprained left ankle). Cliff Robinson added 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Magic 111, Bobcats 91

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points, fellow reserve Pat Garrity added 16 in a victory over Charlotte. Grant Hill scored 16 points and Tony Battie added 13 on 6-for-6 shooting for the Magic, who on Nov. 6 became the first team to lose to the Bobcats. Steve Francis had 10 points and tied his season high with 13 assists.

Bucks 107, Raptors 105, OT

TORONTO -- Desmond Mason had 23 points and Michael Redd scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee beat Toronto in overtime. Jalen Rose sent the game overtime with a driving layup at the buzzer, but Mason had five points in the extra period and Toronto's Morris Peterson missed a potential tying jumper with one second left.

Timberwolves 89, 76ers 84

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Cassell scored Minnesota's first 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 26 as the Timberwolves ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Philadelphia, which played without guard Allen Iverson. Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, sat out the game with a sprained right ankle sustained Wednesday at Utah.

Bulls 84, Jazz 78

CHICAGO -- Rookie Luol Deng had 22 points and had seven rebounds and Eddy Curry added 21 points to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Jazz for Utah's eighth consecutive loss. Matt Harpring and Gordan Giricek both had 13 points for Utah, which hasn't won since beating the Philadelphia 76ers 103-101 on Dec. 20.

Associated Press




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