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NBA Heat Melt Kings in Upset - 2004-03-07


The Miami Heat knocked off one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association Saturday, pulling out a 102-96 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Lamar Odom led the Heat at home with a season-high 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists.

Miami, with its losing record, is in a battle for one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, while Sacramento has the second-best overall record in the NBA.

Cleveland rookie sensation LeBron James contributed 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the host Cavaliers' 106-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Zydrunas Ilgauskas lead the Cavs with 29 points. Cleveland stretched its winning streak to three games.

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 29 points in a 107-86 defeat of the Phoenix Suns. Rasho Nesterovic scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Spurs in Phoenix.

Detroit won for the sixth time in seven games with a 97-66 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Rasheed Wallace netted 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons.

Elsewhere in the NBA Saturday, the Utah Jazz crushed the Portland Trail Blazers 91-70, the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth game in a row after topping the Los Angeles Clippers 98-92, and the Philadelphia 76er's defeated the Chicago Bulls 97-88.

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