Bibby, Kings top Magic

Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Sacramento Kings' Mike Bibby (10) shoots from the 3-point line over Orlando Magic' Jameer Nelson (14), during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006. Bibby set a new career high in point with 42 on the night.

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Mike Bibby finished his career-high 42 points with two clinching free throws with 0.4 seconds left, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Orlando Magic 104-100 Sunday night in a meeting of seriously short-handed teams.
Bibby and Brad Miller were the Kings' only healthy regular starters, but the point guard and his center still carried Sacramento to its 11th straight home victory over the Magic. Miller had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, scoring nine points in the fourth and hitting a crucial 3-pointer with 2:16 to play.
Bibby, battling through tight defense and visibly favoring his hip after a late-game collision, had another superb shooting performance when the Kings needed it most. He put Sacramento in control with 15 points in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers while the Kings took a 14-point lead.
Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who pulled within 90-86 on Travis Diener's 3-pointer with 3:44 left. Miller beat the shot clock with his 3-pointer to put Sacramento up by eight, but the Magic eventually cut the lead to 96-94 on Diener's next 3-pointer and another by Hedo Turkoglu with 20 seconds left.
But Kevin Martin, Miller and Bibby were perfect on eight free throws in the final 19 seconds, and Nelson's six points in the frantic final moments weren't enough.
RAPTORS 129, KNICKS 103: Jalen Rose and host Toronto ended New York's winning streak with a record game.
Rose had a season-high 31 points and the Raptors reached a franchise-high in points, ending New York's six-game winning streak with a 129-103 rout Sunday.
Morris Peterson added a season-high 28 and Chris Bosh had 23 for the Raptors, who surpassed the previous record of 128 points - done twice. They last did it March 13, 2005, against Philadelphia.
Toronto also scored at least 30 points in all four quarters for the first time in franchise history.
TRAIL BLAZERS 89, CAVALIERS 87: Ruben Patterson and Zach Randolph each had 16 points and seven rebounds and host Portland edged depleted Cleveland.
LeBron James had 29 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their fourth straight.
The Blazers, who have won three straight for just the second time this season, led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but the Cavaliers cut their deficit to 83-81 on Alan Henderson's layup.
And the Raptors shot 59 percent against New York's porous defense.
"It's pretty strange for us to have a big-time blowout like that," said Rose, whose team is 13-24. "When we have a record like we have overall, you don't see too many games like that."
The Knicks entered 2006 in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 7-21 mark. But they have played like a new team recently - enjoying their longest winning streak since a seven-game run from Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 7, 2001.
But the defense hasn't always been there.
"It's fool's gold if you are winning games and are not playing the right way," said Antonio Davis, who had two points and zero rebounds.
Eddy Curry had a team-high 20 points for the Knicks, but just eight after the first quarter. Sixth man Jamal Crawford, averaging 25.8 points in his previous four games, had 12.
The Raptors, one of the worst NBA's worst teams last month, are playing better recently, wining seven of nine.
"Jalen Rose killed us," New York's Stephon Marbury said.
Rose, who lost his starting job earlier this season, also had six assists and finished 10-for-15 from the field. He posted up New York's guards and scored 10 straight points in the second quarter to give Toronto a 16-point lead.
"Somebody put a memo in my locker, saying I was turning 33 this month, so I figured I had to step my game up," Rose said.
Rose had 21 points - 18 in the second quarter - and Peterson had 16 in the first half as Toronto led 66-53 at halftime, the most points Toronto has scored in a half this season.
Peterson and Rose kept it up in the second half. Marbury scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter, but Peterson had 10 in the third and Rose had eight in the fourth.
Rose's 3-pointer, Peterson's layup and Rose's jumper gave Toronto a 25-point lead with 8:51 left. Toronto led by as many as 30 points.
With his team well ahead and more than 6 minutes left, Toronto coach Sam Mitchell removed both players.
"We weren't ready like those guys," Marbury said. "You can't allow a team to have 66 points at halftime."
Toronto won despite missing Mike James, who had back spasms. James has been one of Toronto's better players. Rookie Jose Calderon started in his place and had 13 points and 10 assists.
Notes: Jamal Crawford scored 50 in Toronto on April 11, 2004. ... Toronto won both home matchups with New York last season by a combined 40 points. ... New York's David Lee had 15 points and 12 rebounds. ... Fans laughed in the first quarter when 5-foot-9 Knicks guard Nate Robinson won a jump ball over Toronto's much-maligned center Rafael Araujo.

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