Odom's triple-double helps Heat beat Kings

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2004

MIAMI Lamar Odom earned the first triple-double by a Miami Heat player in nine years with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to help beat the Sacramento Kings 102-96 Saturday.

It was Odom's eighth triple-double, and the fourth in Heat history. He achieved a season high in points and a career high in rebounds, and matched his career high in assists.

Rafer Alston scored 20 points for Miami. Reserves Rasual Butler and Udonis Haslem added 17 apiece.

Mike Bibby scored 24 points and Chris Webber 22 for the Kings. Peja Stojakovic went 4-for-13 and scored just 14 points.

Grizzlies 98, Clippers 92

LOS ANGELES James Posey had 15 points and reserve Charles Outlaw added 13 points and 11 rebounds to help Memphis win its fourth straight.

The Grizzlies improved to a franchise-record 14 games over .500 (38-24) with their 13th win in 16 games. Memphis is four victories short of clinching a winning record for the first time in the franchise's nine-year history.

The win was the Grizzlies' fourth straight against the Clippers, and improved Memphis' record to 18-17 against them. The Grizzlies do not have a winning record against any other team.

Elton Brand and Corey Maggette each scored 18 points for the Clippers, who have lost four straight and 11 of 14. Maggette also had six rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

Cavaliers 106, Bucks 97

CLEVELAND LeBron James had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 29 points to lead Cleveland over Milwaukee.

Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Jeff McInnis had a season-high 12 assists for the Cavaliers, who won their third straight. James also had four steals to go with another array of jaw-dropping dunks.

The Bucks were led by Michael Redd with 18 points and Brian Skinner with 15. Damon Jones had 13 points and 10 assists.

76ers 97, Bulls 88

PHILADELPHIA Kenny Thomas had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, leading Philadelphia to a victory over Chicago.

Allen Iverson had 20 points and 11 assists and reserve Zendon Hamilton added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who had lost 18 of 24.

Eddy Curry scored 24 and Jamal Crawford and Antonio Davis each had 16 for Chicago, the second-worst team in the NBA.

Spurs 107, Suns 86

PHOENIX Rasho Nesterovic scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Malik Rose had 19 points and Tony Parker got 17, leading San Antonio over Phoenix.

Amare Stoudemire topped the Suns with 23 points, the 11th straight game he has been the team's top scorer. It also was the 11th consecutive game in which he has scored 20 points or more the longest such streak for a Phoenix player since Charles Barkley did it during the 1994-95 season.

The Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter in winning their fourth game in five tries without Duncan.

Pistons 97, Nuggets 66

DENVER Rasheed Wallace had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Corliss Williamson added 14 points, leading Detroit over the reeling Nuggets.

The Pistons had 22 offensive rebounds and held Denver without a field goal for 12:28 during a stunning 40-5 run spanning the second and third quarters to win for the sixth time in seven games.

Denver shot 32 percent and became the first team since the shot clock was implemented in 1954-55 without a player scoring in double figures.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony finished the first half 3-for-16 and took one shot the rest of the way to finish with eight points.

Blazers 91, Jazz 70

PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph scored 23 points and the Trail Blazers beat Utah in a game marred by a fourth-quarter scuffle between the teams.

The conflict broke out with about five minutes left when Shareef Abdur-Rahim stole the ball from Raja Bell and charged down the court. Bell, in pursuit, appeared to try to pull Abdur-Rahim to the ground, then the Blazers' Ruben Patterson jumped into the fray and knocked Bell to the ground.

After all the players were separated, Bell, Abdur-Rahim and Patterson were charged with technical fouls. Bell was ejected for a flagrant foul.

Bell led the Jazz with 21 points. Andrei Kirilenko finished just 2-for-19 from the floor and had 10 points.

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