NBA: Suns lose to Kings, fall to last in West

2013-03-09T00:00:00Z NBA: Suns lose to Kings, fall to last in WestThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for the Sacramento Kings, who defeated the Phoenix Suns 121-112 on Friday night.

It was a rare win for the Kings (22-42), who had dropped nine of their previous 11 games and escaped the bottom of the Western Conference. Phoenix and New Orleans, both 21-41, now share the worst record in the West.

Michael Beasley scored 24 points for the Suns, who had beaten the Kings in five straight, including twice this season. Wesley Johnson had 19 points and Goran Dragic had 17 points and 16 assists.

• Heat 102, 76ers 93: In Miami, LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points and the Miami stretched its winning streak to 17.

Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Ray Allen added 12 and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Heat, which matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot.

• Trail Blazers 136, Spurs 106: In San Antonio, Damian Lillard had 35 points and nine assists and Portland beat the Spurs to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center.

• Pacers 115, Magic 86: In Orlando, Fla., Paul George had 25 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 as Indiana used a big first half to roll past the Magic.

• Thunder 116, Bobcats 94: In Charlotte, N.C., Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and Oklahoma City won its fourth straight.

• Nets 95, Wizards 78: In New York, Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine three-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead Brooklyn.

• Grizzlies 103, Cavaliers 92: In Cleveland, Marc Gasol scored 22 points and Memphis held off a late run. The Grizzlies, who strengthened their hold on the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, have won 11 of 12.

• Mavericks 102, Pistons 99: In Auburn Hills, Mich., O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and Dallas held on.

• Bulls 89, Jazz 88: In Chicago, Marco Belinelli made a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Bulls.

• Celtics 107, Hawks 102, OT: In Boston, former UA Wildcat Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime and the Celtics won.

• Rockets 94, Warriors 88: In Oakland, Calif., Chandler Parsons had 26 points as Houston won on the road.

• Raptors vs. Lakers: In Los Angeles, late.

Rim shots

DEERFIELD, Ill. - Injured Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is "not quite" ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday. The former MVP point guard continues to practice without restrictions, but his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee remains up in the air.

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