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Reserves rally Heat past Kings

©Associated Press
November 4, 2002

MIAMI -- With his team winless and in danger of blowing a lead for the third straight game, coach Pat Riley turned to the bench and found help.

Reserves Mike James and Vladimir Stepania sparked a 12-0 run in the fourth that helped the Heat hand the Kings their first loss Sunday 88-78.

Riley avoided the first 0-3 start of his career.

"It was a great effort," he said. "A lot of NBA teams don't bring it every night. They bring their talent, and maybe they get by with it, but we can't."

Keon Clark scored 19 for the Kings, who again were without three regulars (Chris Webber, Scot Pollard, Mike Bibby) and shot 36 percent. Starters Bobby Jackson and Predrag Stojakovic were a combined 6-for-30, and Sacramento went 2-for-14 on 3s.

Reserves scored all points during Miami's 12-0 run midway through the fourth.

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LAKERS 98, BLAZERS 95 (OT): Kobe Bryant had his second straight triple-double, and Devean George scored six of his career-high 25 in overtime as host Los Angeles rallied. Bryant had 33 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first Laker with consecutive triple-doubles since Magic Johnson in March 1991. Portland's Derek Anderson made a 22-foot jumper as time expired to tie it at 85 and force overtime. Scottie Pippen missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 5 seconds left in OT.

CLIPPERS 74, PISTONS 72: Michael Olowokandi scored 19 and tied a career high with 20 rebounds as host Los Angeles got its first victory. Detroit's Clifford Robinson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

SONICS 91, JAZZ 77: Gary Payton scored 18, helping host Seattle to a 3-0 start. Karl Malone got into early foul trouble and was scoreless for the first time in his 18 seasons. Malone's career low was two points on Dec. 18, 1985, at New Jersey. "I don't know if I've ever played in a game where I didn't score, high school or junior high, whatever," he said.

MAGIC USES CARE WITH HILL: Orlando wants to be cautious with Grant Hill's sore ankle and insists the forward could play if this were the playoffs. Hill, who had three operations on his left ankle in the past 21/2 years, was sidelined for the second half of a win over the Bucks on Saturday. Hill's status for Tuesday against Sacramento will be determined by his response to treatment.

RAPTORS: Vince Carter was listed as day to day after an MRI showed no structural damage to the surgically repaired left knee he reinjured in Saturday's loss to Houston. Forward Antonio Davis (strained muscle in rib cage) likely will miss 1-2 weeks.

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