Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 11
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Sunday, March 7, 2004
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 - A-11 NBA) HEAT 102, KINGS 96 Kings fall to Heat By STEVEN WINE The Associated Press MIAMI — Lamar Odom thinks he could have played better Saturday. After all, he did miss five free throws. The Miami Heat, however, were thrilled with his performance: 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to help beat the Sacramento Kings 102-96 It was the Heat's first triple-double in nine years, the fourth in franchise history and the eighth for Odom. He achieved a season high in points and a career high in rebounds, and he matched his career high in assists. "That's my favorite part of basketball — getting triple- doubles and filling it up a little bit," Odom said. "If there's one stat I could have, that would be it, whether it's 1010-10 or big ones like this. I'll remember this game for a long time." Working mostly against Chris Webber, who returned this week from knee surgery, Odom went 11-for-18 from the field and 7-for-12 from the line. He also had two steals and a block in 45 minutes and was at his best down, the stretch. "It wasn't a complete game," Odom said. "Bad night from the free throw line." Teammate Eddie Jones went just l-for-8 from the field but made three free throws in the final 23 seconds and played smothering defense against Peja Stojakovic. Sacramento!s top offensive threat went 4-for-13 and scored 14 points. Mike Bibby had 24 points and Webber 22 for the Kings, who fell behind by 13 points in the second quarter. "We didn't do a thing in the first half," coach Rick Adelman said. "We were in another place. I don't know what was going on." The Kings, who shot 39 percent, came into the game with the NBA's best record but fell to 20-3 against the Eastern Conference. The other losses were at Boston and at New York in early November. "It seems we beat the best teams, then lose to the lower- caliber teams," Webber said. "We have to remember that now we're not under the radar anymore. And whether they make the playoffs or not, a win over us can make their season." Miami used only seven players to beat the Kings. Rafer Alston had 20 points, seven assists and just two turnovers in 46 minutes. Reserves Rasual Butler and Udonis Haslem added 17 points apiece. And then there was Odom. The 6-foot-10 forward was all over the floor, often running the offense from the point. "That was a phenomenal performance," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "There 'haven't been many better than that in the NBA this year. He had a very favorable matchup, and he made great plays." Webber declined to blame his knee as a hindrance in trying to guard Odom. "He had a great game," Webber said. "They used him like a point forward — put the ball in his hands and let him do what he does. He's so versatile in a lot of different situations." The Heat hung onto a small lead as Odom made several key plays late. First he grabbed a rebound and threw a long pass to Butler, who drove the rest of the way for a layup and an 88-84 lead. Odom then achieved the triple-double when he earned his 10th assist with 2:46 left. He stumbled to the floor on a drive, and two Kings were battling him for the ball when it rolled to Haslem, who sank a layup for 90-86 lead. Another assist by Odom set up Alston's 3-pointer that made it 94-88. Odom said he was unaware of the triple- double until the game ended. "The most important thing is that we won," he said. "If you have a game like that losing, no one cares. No one remembers it." Notes: The Heat's stretch of 739 games without a triple- double was the longest in the NBA. Utah now has the longest at 390. ... The last Heat player to record a triple- double was Billy Owens on Jan. 5, 1995.... The Kings fell to 3-13 in Miami. They last won in Miami on Dec. 9, 2001. UNNER/QUADSPORT Lost Coast Motorcycles of Ukiah L.L.C. (707)462-5160 1125 S. 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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Bryant gets deja-vu shoulder injury Identical injury could keep Laker leading scorer out a month By KEN PETERS The Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant could be sidelined up to a month with a sprained right shoulder, the same injury that kept the Lakers' star guard out for six games two months ago. He also had offseason surgery to repair torn tissue in the same shoulder. "We try to be optimistic, but it looks like he could be out for a while," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said Saturday after practice. Bryant doesn't believe this injury is as bad as the one that kept him out earlier, and he apparently doesn't expect to miss a month. "He was optimistic when he came in this morning, which is a very good sign," Jackson said. "He felt that he would be back in a few games, so he thought it was nothing like the last time when he had to sit out." Jackson said Bryant will be re-evaluated after the Lakers' next road trip, which begins Monday in Utah and ends Saturday in Chicago. If Bryant has to miss a month, he still would be back before the NBA playoffs begin April 17. Leading the Lakers in scoring with a 22.4 average, Bryant reinjured his shoulder trying to fight through a pick. He banged into Reggie Evans 54 seconds after tip-off .in Friday's 99-91 victory over Seattle. Dr. Steve Lombardo diagnosed the injury as a sprained acromio-clavicular joint. Bryant is facing trial in Eagle, Colo., on rape charges and missed a recent game to attend a pretrial hearing. He claims the sex was consensual. His latest injury is still another blow in a tumultuous season for the star-laden Lakers. He goes out just as Karl Malone is close to returning after being sidelined since Dec. 21 with a torn right knee ligament. "We know Kobe wants to be out there," Malone said. "But we also knows he wants to be healthy. 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