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Kings Pour It On Against Weary Cavs

Associated Press
Saturday, April 2, 2005; Page D11

Peja Stojakovic, Cuttino Mobley and Mike Bibby each scored 22 points and the Sacramento Kings held off a late run, beating the Cavaliers, 128-109, last night in Cleveland.

The Kings set a season high in points and beat the Cavaliers for the ninth straight time.


Mavericks guard Devin Harris is bowled over by the 76ers' Allen Iverson, who scored 22 points but sat out the fourth quarter with a strained groin. (George Widman -- AP)

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Sacramento scored 104 points through three quarters and took advantage of a Cavaliers team that seemed tired and out of sync while playing its second set of back-to-back games in five days.

"We wanted to come out and run and we jumped on them in the second quarter," Bibby said.

The sellout crowd booed as the Kings made eight straight shots to open a 31-point lead with 6 minutes 18 seconds left in the third quarter.

Cleveland cut the deficit to 22 points by the end of the quarter and pulled within 115-106 in the fourth behind LeBron James and Drew Gooden.

But Bibby hit a three-pointer with 3:33 left and had a three-point play less then a minute later to extend the lead.

The loss dropped Cleveland (37-34) into a tie with Indiana for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

James finished with 35 points, and Gooden had 21 for the Cavaliers.

CELTICS 116, HAWKS 100: In Atlanta, Ricky Davis and Boston raced to a 30-point lead in the first half and then held on to end to its four-game losing streak. The Hawks suffered their 11th straight loss, including nine straight at home. They have lost 24 of 25 games.

MAVERICKS 100, 76ERS 83: Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, going 14 for 14 from the foul line, and former 76ers player Keith Van Horn added 15 points to help Dallas win in Philadelphia.

The Mavericks won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-1 since Avery Johnson replaced Don Nelson as head coach on March 19.

Allen Iverson scored 22 points for the 76ers before sitting out the fourth quarter because of a strained groin. Marc Jackson also had 22 points for Philadelphia.

RAPTORS 119, BOBCATS 107: Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Jalen Rose had 23 to lead Toronto in Charlotte.


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