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Kings cause Magic to drop 2nd straight

©Associated Press
November 18, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber saved the Kings from a potentially embarrassing loss.

The All-Star forward scored 24 and made a 21-footer with 1.5 seconds remaining as Sacramento stayed unbeaten at home this season with a 101-99 victory Sunday night over the Magic.

Tracy McGrady made two 3-pointers, and Pat Burke tipped in a shot with four seconds left as Orlando rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final minute to tie the game at 99-99.

Following a timeout, Webber took the inbounds pass, and Bobby Jackson went around him to give Webber some room. He quickly put up a shot over Shawn Kemp that went straight in. Darrell Armstrong's desperation shot from near midcourt was not close at the buzzer.

In was only the second game-winning basket in Webber's five seasons with the Kings, who are 5-0 at home.

"I just felt real confident about it before I shot it," said Webber, who had 10 rebounds. "There was a moment of suspense, you're holding your breath until it goes in. I don't care if you've done this a thousand times, it feels good when it happens."

Jackson, who made 10 of 11 shots and had 22 points, said the play was not designed for Webber.

"He was wide open, they (the defenders) followed me," Jackson said. "I thought I was going to get the ball."

McGrady, the NBA's leading scorer, finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. The Magic lost their second straight and eighth overall at Arco Arena.

Bothered by Doug Christie's defense, McGrady shot 13-for-33.

Orlando's Grant Hill dressed for the game but rested his sore left ankle. Hill, who played 18 games the past two seasons, missed his first game this season.

SONICS 84, CLIPPERS 78: Gary Payton had 22 points and 10 assists, and visiting Seattle rallied in the fourth for its fourth consecutive win. Payton and Desmond Mason sparked the Sonics, combining to score all but 10 of the team's 30 in the final 12 minutes. Mason had 10 of his 18 in the quarter when Seattle trailed by 10. After leading most of the game, the Clippers scored just two points in the first six minutes of the fourth. Payton and Mason combined for 11 points, and then Vladimir Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer to give Seattle the lead for good with 5:11 left.

JAZZ 82, RAPTORS 78: Karl Malone scored 11 of his 15 in the fourth for visiting Utah. After combining for just 12 points through three quarters, Malone and John Stockton combined for 18 in the fourth. After Toronto's Morris Peterson made a layup, Stockton hit one of his two free throws with 44 seconds left to give Utah an 82-78 lead. Toronto's Voshon Lenard missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left to seal it.

76ERS 100, WIZARDS 84: Keith Van Horn scored 23 and converted a three-point play with 5:41 left to begin a clinching 10-0 run for host Philadelphia. Jerry Stackhouse scored 29 and Michael Jordan 19, but no other Wizards player reached double figures. Jordan and Stackhouse each committed five of Washington's 23 turnovers.

ROCKETS 93, LAKERS 89: Steve Francis scored 11 of his 27 in the fourth, and rookie Yao Ming shot 9-for-9 in scoring a career-high 20 points for visiting Houston. The loss was the fifth in six games for the three-time defending champion Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 46 but missed a wide-open shot with about 10 seconds left that could have given the Lakers the lead.

76ERS: Derrick Coleman sat out a one-game suspension for an offseason driving while intoxicated arrest. He is expected to play Tuesday.

Late Saturday

WARRIORS 135, MAGIC 92: Troy Murphy had a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas scored 23 as the host Warriors got their biggest victory in nearly nine years.

Jason Richardson had several spectacular dunks among his 18 points as the young Warriors reached a highlight of their rebuilding project with a blowout victory over the NBA's highest-scoring team.

The Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak against the Magic, who lost for the third time in four games. It was Golden State's biggest victory since a 141-95 win over the Clippers on Dec. 23, 1993 -- also the last season Golden State made the playoffs.

McGrady had 33 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. He made 16 of his 20 free throws, one shy of the league high this season.

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