Webber, Bibby lead Sacramento to win

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Webber had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Mike Bibby added 21 points to help the Sacramento Kings hold off the Indiana Pacers 97-92 in overtime Saturday night.

Indiana had six players reach double figures, but Reggie Miller missed his last eight shots and the Pacers lost their seventh straight.

Sacramento's Brad Miller, an All-Star with Indiana, sealed the win with four free throws in the final 9 seconds of overtime.

Sacramento has won six of its last seven games.

Austin Croshere led the Pacers with 21 points — 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Jeff Foster added 11 points and 18 rebounds.

Lakers 89, Clippers 87

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The game was close most of the way, with Bryant helping pull it out by scoring nine points in a late 4:39 span.

The Clippers had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Corey Maggette's running jumper went in and out of the basket.

Bryant missed making it three triple-doubles in a row, finishing with five assists. Lamar Odom added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bryant made all 10 of his free throws and the Lakers finished 20-of-20 from the line. The Clippers were 18-of-22.

The win continued the Lakers' domination in the series. They've beaten the Clippers five straight, including a 103-86 decision last month, and 28 of 31 dating to 1997.

Maggette led the Clippers with 27 points. Mikki Moore, getting his first start for the Clippers, added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers were without leading rebounder Elton Brand, serving a one-game suspension for shoving Charlotte's Emeka Okafor in Monday's game. Moore started in place of Brand.

Kerry Kittles, playing only his second game for the Clippers, scored 15 points in 31 minutes. Obtained from New Jersey in an offseason trade, Kittles has been sidelined by a knee problem.

A Bryant jumper gave the Lakers a 61-51 lead 3 minutes into the third quarter, but the Clippers chipped the difference down to 73-70 heading into the fourth.

Mavericks 102, Rockets 78

HOUSTON — Michael Finley scored a season-high 26 points and led a huge third-quarter charge as Dallas handed Houston its biggest loss of the season.

Finley, recovering from a sprained right ankle, hit five of his eight 3-point attempts. He made four straight 3-pointers in a 23-8 run in the third quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and 14 rebounds for Dallas, and Tracy McGrady led Houston with 15 points.

Grizzlies 72, Pistons 68

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol scored 20 points and Shane Battier hit four free throws in the final 20 seconds to lead the Grizzlies.

Battier broke a 68-68 tie with two free throws with 19.4 seconds remaining, and added two more with 12 seconds left to complete the scoring. Detroit's Rasheed Wallace missed a pair of 3-pointers and had another shot blocked by Gasol in the final seconds.

Wallace had 22 points for the Pistons, and Richard Hamilton scored 18.

Bulls 99, Timberwolves 88

CHICAGO — Rookie Ben Gordon scored a career-high 31 points, 16 in the fourth quarter to help Chicago hold off a furious Minnesota comeback.

Minnesota trailed by 24 in the second quarter and rallied within one in the final period but couldn't get the lead because Gordon scored 10 straight points for the Bulls at one juncture, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Kirk Hinrich added 19 points for the Bulls. Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 21 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Spurs 116, Cavaliers 97

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan scored 34 points, and San Antonio had its best shooting night of the season.

The Spurs shot 84 percent from the floor in the first half to take a 69-45 lead, and finished the night at 66 percent.

Cleveland's Drew Gooden scored a season-high 28, and LeBron James added 23 points and 10 assists.

Nets 95, Hawks 90

ATLANTA — Richard Jefferson scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Travis Best, starting in place of Jason Kidd, had a season-high 21 for New Jersey.

Kidd, who played 17 minutes as he continues to recover from a knee injury, hit five of six free throws in the final 33.4 seconds and finished with nine points.

Antoine Walker led the Hawks with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Celtics 98, SuperSonics 84

SEATTLE — Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Gary Payton had 21 against his former team to help Boston snap a three-game losing streak.

Payton set the tempo against the club he led for 13 seasons, outdueling second-year point guard Luke Ridnour, and the Celtics held Seattle to a season-low 32.6 percent from the floor and kept the Sonics scoreless in the final 3 minutes.

Mark Blount added 11 points for Boston, and Tony Allen had 12 to help the Celtics hand Seattle its first homecourt loss in 10 games this season.

Rashard Lewis scored 19 points to lead the Sonics and Ray Allen had 16.

The Sonics had won eight of nine after losing in Boston on Nov. 21, but now the Celtics are responsible for two of Seattle's four losses on the season.

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