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NBA DAILY REPORT / ROUNDUP

Kings Cling to Slim Hopes

April 17, 2001|Associated Press

Peja Stojakovic scored 31 points Monday night as the Sacramento Kings kept alive their slim hopes of winning the Pacific Division by beating the Vancouver Grizzlies, 110-100, at Sacramento.

The victory, which tied a franchise record for most wins in a season, put the Kings (55-26) in a first-place tie with the Lakers in the Pacific. The 1963-64 Cincinnati Royals also had a 55-win season.

The Lakers close the season tonight at home against Denver and the Kings travel to Denver for a season-ending game Wednesday. If the two teams finish in a tie, the Lakers will have the second playoff seed in the Western Conference because of a better head-to-head record against Sacramento.

Cleveland 80, New York 78--Andre Miller scored 19 points, including the winning free throws with 58 seconds left, as the Cavaliers dropped the Knicks 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the third playoff seed in the Eastern Conference at Cleveland.

Milwaukee 101, Orlando 89--Glenn Robinson scored 19 points to lead six Bucks in double figures in a playoff preview at Orlando, Fla.

The Magic will be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, cementing a first-round matchup against the Bucks.

Dallas 110, Golden State 101--Juwan Howard scored 30 points at Oakland to lead the Mavericks to a team-record 25th road victory.

Charlotte 106, Atlanta 83--Jamal Mashburn scored 31 points at Charlotte, N.C., to help the Hornets clinch at least sixth place in the Eastern Conference by winning their third in a row. Charlotte trails fifth-place Toronto by a half-game.

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