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Lamar Odom heats up in Miami with a triple-double game

AP , MIAMI

Lamar Odom earned the first triple-double by a Miami Heat player in nine years with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to help beat the Sacramento Kings 102-96 Saturday.

The triple-double was the fourth in Heat history and Odom's eighth. 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 10-10-10 or big ones like this. I'll remember this game for a long time."

Rafer Alston scored 20 points for Miami. Reserves Rasual Butler and Udonis Haslem added 17 apiece.

Mike Bibby scored 24 points and Chris Webber 22 for the Kings. Peja Stojakovic went 4-for-13 and scored just 14 points.

"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."

Grizzlies 98, Clippers 92

In Los Angeles, James Posey had 15 points and reserve Charles Outlaw added 13 points and 11 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers for their fourth straight victory.

The Grizzlies improved to a franchise-record 14 games over .500 (38-24) with their 13th win in 16 games. Memphis is four victories short of clinching a winning record for the first time in the franchise's nine-year history.

Elton Brand and Corey Maggette each scored 18 points for the Clippers, who have lost four straight and 11 of 14. Maggette also had six rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

Cavaliers 106, Bucks 97

In Cleveland, LeBron James had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 29 points to lead Cleveland over Milwaukee.

Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Jeff McInnis had a season-high 12 assists for the Cavaliers, who won their third straight. James also had four steals to go with another array of jaw-dropping dunks.

The Bucks were led by Michael Redd with 18 points and Brian Skinner with 15. Damon Jones had 13 points and 10 assists.

76ers 97, Bulls 88

In Philadelphia, Kenny Thomas had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, leading Philadelphia to a victory over Chicago.

Allen Iverson had 20 points and 11 assists and reserve Zendon Hamilton added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who had lost 18 of 24.

Eddy Curry scored 24 and Jamal Crawford and Antonio Davis each had 16 for Chicago, the second-worst team in the NBA.

Spurs 107, Suns 86

In Phoenix, Rasho Nesterovic scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Malik Rose had 19 points and Tony Parker got 17 to lead San Antonio over Phoenix.

Amare Stoudemire topped the Suns with 23 points, the 11th straight game he has been the team's top scorer. It also was the 11th consecutive game in which he has scored 20 points or more -- the longest such streak for a Phoenix player since Charles Barkley did it during the 1994-1995 season.

The Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter in winning their fourth game in five tries without Duncan.

Pistons 97, Nuggets 66

In Denver, Rasheed Wallace had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Corliss Williamson added 14 points to lead Detroit over the reeling Denver.

The Pistons had 22 offensive rebounds and held Denver without a field goal for 12:28 during a stunning 40-5 run spanning the second and third quarters to win for the sixth time in seven games.

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