DALLAS -- Despite their league-best record, the Dallas Mavericks have been saying all season that the Sacramento Kings are the team to beat in the NBA. The Kings again showed why Tuesday night.
Although Sacramento had lost two straight and five of six, Keon Clark's high-flying dunk off a missed 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left gave the Kings a 110-109 victory over the Mavericks in a thrilling showdown of Western Conference division leaders.
Sacramento beat Dallas by 29 three weeks ago, leading the entire game. This one was impressive in its own way considering the Kings had been playing so poorly and were without Chris Webber, who had a triple-double in the previous meeting.
''We didn't want to go into the All-Star break like we've been playing the last couple of games,'' said Mike Bibby, who led the Kings with 27 points. ''Everyone stepped up for us tonight. We came out with energy and everything turned out great.''
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki recovered from missing his first eight shots to have 28 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. He missed his last one, though, a 10-footer in the lane after spinning away from Peja Stojakovic and getting a good look at the basket.
Doug Christie grabbed the rebound with about 3 seconds left and dribbled away in celebration. Sacramento coach Rick Adelman turned to his bench and threw a victory punch, while Vlade Divac smiled and rode away on the back of assistant coach Terry Porter.
Wizards 93, Cavaliers 84
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 27 points in 43 minutes as the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the absence of leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse.
Facing constant double-teams, Jordan made 13 of 26 shots and had eight assists as the Wizards held off a stubborn challenge by the NBA's worst team.
Lakers 97, Pacers 94
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant scored 35 points, Shaquille O'Neal fought off foul trouble for 19 points and 12 rebounds and Devean George hit a key 3-pointer for the Los Angeles Lakers.
It was the first game between the teams since Reggie Miller and Bryant fought after a Los Angeles win last March at the Staples Center.
Knicks 105, Clippers 92
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell broke the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game without a miss, going 9-for-9 from behind the arc. Sprewell broke the record of 8-for-8 held by Jeff Hornacek, Sam Perkins and Steve Smith, making consecutive 3s midway through the fourth quarter to break the record after a 19-point lead had shrunk to nine.
Trail Blazers 96, Magic 89
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scottie Pippen had his first double-double of the year with 25 points and 17 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Orlando Magic for the eighth consecutive time.
Rasheed Wallace added 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots for Portland. Bonzi Wells and Ruben Patterson had 12 points each for the Blazers.
Timberwolves 103, Rockets 89
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and Rasho Nesterovic added 19 and played tough defense against Yao Ming.
Garnett grabbed 11 boards and added nine assists for the Timberwolves, who lost by 20 at Houston on Friday.
Raptors 98, Bucks 95
MILWAUKEE -- All-Star Vince Carter scored 25 points, two shy of his season high, and blocked the potential tying shot by Ray Allen just ahead of the final buzzer.
Antonio Davis added 16 points, Morris Peterson 14, Voshon Lenard and Jerome Williams 13 each and Alvin Williams 11 for Toronto, which has won four of five since Carter's return from a knee injury.
Nuggets 102, Bulls 100, OT
DENVER -- Juwan Howard scored 30 points and Chris Whitney hit five free throws in the final 20.6 seconds of overtime as the Denver Nuggets won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 8-10.
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