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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kings top Warriors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Marcus Thornton and Samuel Dalembert did their best to deny the Golden State Warriors another memorable fourth-quarter comeback in what might have been their last game in Sacramento.

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Offensive uprising: Sacramento's Marcus Thornton is defended by Golden State's Monta Ellis in the second half on Monday night. The Kings beat the Warriors 129-119. AP PHOTO

Thornton and Dalembert had career scoring nights with 42 and 27 points and the Kings jumped out to a big, early lead and held on to beat the Warriors 129-119 Monday night.

"It's nice to get outscored 35-22 in the fourth and get a win," Sacramento coach Paul Westphal said.

The Kings had blown big leads in the fourth in their first two meetings with the Warriors, losing both in overtime. They scored 19 straight points early in this game to take control and expanded the lead to 25 points. Golden State's reserves got it down to single digits in the fourth quarter but never really threatened.

DeMarcus Cousins added 15 as the Kings had their second-highest scoring game of the season and shot 57 percent to win for just the second time in their past nine home games.

Al Thornton scored 23 points and Stephen Curry added 19 to lead the Warriors.

With the Kings contemplating a move to Anaheim after the season, this could have been the final meeting between the teams in Sacramento. The teams will play once more in Oakland this season on April 10.

Heat 110, Spurs 80

In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade scored 29 as the Heat avenged their worst loss of the season by rolling past NBA-leading San Antonio.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Miami, which has won three straight and moved within two games of Eastern Conference front-runners Boston and Chicago.

Lakers 97, Magic 84

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol scored 23 points and Kobe Bryant added 16 while playing on a sprained left ankle as the Lakers scored their 10th win in 11 games over Orlando.

The Magic's Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, but had nine turnovers.

Rockets 95, Suns 93

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 23 points, Chuck Hayes had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds as the Rockets snapped a seven-game losing streak to Phoenix.

Nets 88, Celtics 79

In Newark, N.J., Brook Lopez scored 20 points, and Deron Williams added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer, as New Jersey extended its longest winning streak in three years to five games.

Thunder 116, Wizards 89

In Washington, Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 18 points and 12 assists as Oklahoma City downed the hosts.

Nuggets 114, Hornets 103

In New Orleans, Ty Lawson scored 23 points as Denver combined for 17 3-pointers in a victory over the hosts.

Grizzlies 105, Clippers 82

In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the Grizzlies snap a two-game losing streak.

Jazz 112, Sixers 107 (OT)

In Salt Lake City, Andrei Kirilenko scored seven of his 16 points in overtime as short-handed Utah beat Philadelphia.

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