Francis comes through in OT
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ORLANDO - Even though he was only 4-for-20 from the field, Steve Francis made the shots that counted.
Francis had 18 points and nine rebounds, and made four free throws in overtime to give the Orlando Magic an 83-78 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
The All-Star guard also made the basket that forced overtime on a layup with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Mike Bibby then dribbled to the baseline and kicked it out to Brad Miller, who missed a long jumper that would've given the Kings the win.
The Kings didn't make a field goal in the overtime period, and the Magic only had one.
"If we go out there and play defense, we can win games," DeShawn Stevenson said.
Stevenson's 20-foot jumper with 2:40 left in overtime gave the Magic their first lead since early in the second quarter. Orlando extended it to 78-76 on Hedo Turkoglu's free throw after Kenny Thomas was called for a foul with 2:02 left, then a technical for throwing the ball toward the scorer's table.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim tied it at 78 with two free throws with 42 seconds remaining, but Francis gave Orlando an 80-78 lead with two free throws with 23 seconds left. He sealed the win with two more with 5.2 seconds to go.
"They outscored us by 16 at the free throw line - that's what did it," Bibby said. "That was big. We had more field goals than them, more 3s. They got us at the free throw line."
Bibby had 17 points and five assists, Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 14 points and eight boards for Sacramento in his second game back after missing three with a protruding disc in his lower back.
"You can't say they did anything defensively on us," Stojakovic said. "We had a lot of open shots. I know I did - especially in the fourth quarter."
Andres Nocioni scored 20 points and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 14 rebounds to help visiting Chicago beat Indiana.
Kirk Hinrich added 16 points and seven rebounds as the Bulls handed the Pacers their worst home loss of the season.
Stephen Jackson scored 21 points and reserve Austin Croshere added 16 for the Pacers, who lost for the second straight night and the third time in four games.
Vince Carter scored 25 points and Jacque Vaughn had a season-high 13 off the bench to help host New Jersey beat Boston.
Nenad Krstic added 16 points and Scott Padgett scored 13 for New Jersey (22-16), which has won 13 of its last 17 games. Boston (16-24) lost for the sixth time in nine games.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 20 points.
Chris Paul had 27 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds to lead visiting New Orleans.
David West scored 19 points and Desmond Mason added 16 for the Hornets (20-20), who have won five of their last six games.
New York (13-26) has lost five straight games. It's the third time this season the Knicks, who were playing their fifth game in seven days, have lost five or more games in a row.
LeBron James scored 51 points, becoming the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 in his career, and visiting Cleveland snapped a six-game losing streak.
James wasn't even sure he'd play because of a sore right knee he had X-rayed earlier in the day, but decided shortly before the game to see how it held up.
Meanwhile, James' mother was arrested for driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct and other charges.
Michael Redd scored 23 of his 35 points in the second half as host Milwaukee improved to 6-0 against Charlotte.
Redd, who has scored 30 points or more 15 times this season, scored 15 points in the Bucks' 34-point third quarter.
The injury-depleted Bobcats were without leading scorer Gerald Wallace, who didn't travel with the team after spraining his left knee Friday against Orlando.
Charlotte fell to 4-18 on the road.
Gloria James was pulled over by two off-duty officers, who were working security for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
The officers said Gloria James almost hit their unmarked car with her 2004 Cadillac Escalade, Edwards said. The officers said the 37-year-old James smelled of alcohol and she appeared to be disoriented.
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