Kings hand Cavs 11th straight loss

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

CLEVELAND - Once the shots started dropping for Chris Webber, they hardly stopped.

Webber scored 28 points - 20 in the second half - Tuesday night as the Sacramento Kings won their sixth straight, 91-85 over the tumbling Cleveland Cavaliers, who have dropped 11 in a row.

After missing six of his first seven shots, Webber made 10 of 12 as the Kings beat the Cavs for the second time this season.

"In the first half, I had open shots and they just didn't go down," said Webber, who wears a protective wrap on his right hand to protect a cracked knuckle. "In the second half, I tried to mix it up, sort of catch and shoot, take my time. I'm glad I put them down."

Bobby Jackson added 19 points and Gerald Wallace 15 for Sacramento, which held the Cavs to one field goal - a 3-pointer by Bimbo Coles - in the fourth quarter.

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The Cavs missed their first 10 shots and went 1-of-14 in the final period while remaining winless since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 5.

Cleveland scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, 13 on free throws.

But it wasn't all bad for Cleveland. The Cavs finally got to use rookie guard Dajuan Wagner, who finished with 17 points before fouling out of his NBA debut. Wagner had been sidelined since training camp, and was hospitalized last month with a bladder infection before undergoing surgery to have a blood clot removed.

Nuggets 85, Spurs 81

At Denver, Junior Harrington hit a 20-foot jump shot with 8.5 seconds left and preserved the win with a steal as the Nuggets ended a six-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Juwan Howard and James Posey had 23 points each for the Nuggets, who hadn't beaten San Antonio since Dec. 14, 2000.

Heat 97, Lakers 85

At Miami, reserves Mike James and LaPhonso Ellis sparked the Heat, who came into the game tied for last place in the Atlantic Division. James scored 14 points and Ellis 13, and both sank key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers fell to 2-1 since Shaquille O'Neal's return. Without him they were 3-9, their worst start in 36 years.

Pacers 88, Wizards 84

At Washington, Michael Jordan scored 28 points, matched his season-high in minutes (34) and led a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Wizards still lost as Jermaine O'Neal had 26 points and 21 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 77, Rockets 71

At Portland, Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points - all in the second half - and Arvydas Sabonis had a strong all-around game with six points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and a career-high six blocked shots.

Scottie Pippen added 14 points and six rebounds. Derek Anderson had 12 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who have won four of five.

Jazz 99, Clippers 94

At Los Angeles, Matt Harpring scored 24 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, including a tie-breaking layup with 41 seconds left.

John Stockton, 0-for-4 from the field in the first half, finished 2-for-9 with nine points - including a driving layup with 2:24 remaining that made him the 38th player in NBA history to reach 19,000 points.

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