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Short-handed Kings beat Knicks

BASKETBALL Sacramento's Mike Bibby poured in 35 points, including eight in overtime, as the Kings edged past the New York Knicks with a 106-102 victory

AP , NEW YORK

The Knicks' Channing Frye, left, and the Kings' Shareef Abdur-Rahim battle for the ball at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in New York.

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Mike Bibby and Brad Miller made the wait for Ron Artest a little easier for the Sacramento Kings.

Bibby scored eight of his 35 points in overtime and added 10 assists, and Miller had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the short-handed Kings over the New York Knicks 106-102 on Wednesday night.

Sacramento acquired the volatile Artest from the Indiana Pacers for Peja Stojakovic in a trade shortly before the game. The Kings hope Artest, a superb all-round player who is one of the league's best defenders, will join them in time for their game at Boston tonight.

Stephon Marbury scored 22 points in his return to the lineup after missing three straight games with a sprained left shoulder for the Knicks, who lost their sixth consecutive game.

Pistons 106, Bucks 102, OT

Chauncey Billups scored 11 points in overtime to help the Detroit Pistons win their ninth consecutive game at Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The win gave the Pistons (35-5) the fourth-best 40-game record in league history. The Chicago Bulls (1995-'96), Philadelphia 76ers (1966-'67) and Los Angeles Lakers (1971-'72) all started 37-3. No team has started 36-4, and the Bulls went 35-5 in both 1991-'92 and 1996-'97.

The Pistons had to overcome a 41 points from Michael Redd, including 31 in the second half.

Cavaliers 106, Hawks 97

At Atlanta, LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their third consecutive game.

The Cavaliers were winning 94-93 with 3:17 left before closing the game on a 12-4 run. Donyell Marshall, who finished with 19 points, started the run with a 3-pointer and then put the game away hitting another 3 with 58.1 seconds left that made the score 104-95.

Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Al Harrington added 22 for the Hawks, who have lost seven of their last nine.

Bulls 104, Raptors 88

At Toronto, Chris Duhon scored 26 points and Chicago beat the Raptors for the 12th straight game.

Darius Songaila had 19 points and three other players reached double figures for the Bulls, who haven't lost to Toronto since Dec. 6, 2002.

Chicago has won three of four overall.

Wizards 89, Celtics 87

At Boston, Gilbert Arenas hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to lift Washington.

In their only other matchup this season, Arenas drew a foul with three seconds remaining and hit two free throws to give the Wizards a 103-102 victory over the Celtics on Jan. 7.

Antawn Jamison scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and Brendan Haywood scored a season-high 21 for Washington, which has now won six of its last eight.

Paul Pierce scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Celtics.

Spurs 84, Hornets 68

At Oklahoma City, Tim Duncan scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed New Orleans its worst defeat in Oklahoma City.

The Hornets' sputtering offense set a season low in scoring for the second consecutive game and gave the standing-room only crowd of 19,289 little to cheer about.

Tony Parker had 14 points for the Spurs and Nick Van Exel added 13, including a season-high four 3-pointers, as the Spurs pulled away to a 15-point first-half lead.

David West and Rasual Butler each scored 15 to lead the Hornets.

Rockets 102, Bobcats 78

At Houston, Tracy McGrady scored 29 points in three quarters as Houston downed Charlotte to snap a seven-game home losing streak.

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