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  • Trail Blazers fall short against Kings

  • PORTLAND — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 99-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
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  • PORTLAND — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 99-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
    Aaron Brooks had 14 points for the Kings, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. Francisco Garcia and Jason Thompson added 12 each. All five starters finished in double figures as the Kings overcame a dismal second quarter and steadily pulled away, outscoring Portland by 19 points in the second half.
    LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 10 rebounds and J. J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Wesley Matthews scored 14 points, but suffered a left hip contusion and did not finish the game.
    Nicolas Batum played for Portland despite dealing with a back strain, but he appeared to be in pain while scoring five points in 17 largely ineffective minutes.
    Those injuries may leave the Blazers short-handed as they play the remainder of a five-game homestand. Portland may be forced to recall guard Will Barton and forward Victor Claver from the D-League's Idaho Stampede, where they had been sent on Friday.
    Portland was back after a seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams. The Blazers went 2-5 on the trip, winning at Charlotte and Cleveland, both in overtime. They lost 99-92 at Indiana on Wednesday.
    Mavericks 116, Rockets 109
    At Houston, O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Rockets in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench.
    James Harden had 30 points at halftime, but the Mavericks slowed him down in the second half. He scored just nine points in the second half.
    McHale rejoined the team on Saturday after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.
    Heat 106, Hornets 90
    At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, LeBron James finished with 24 points and seven assists, and Miami snapped a two-game slide by topping New Orleans.
    Chris Bosh scored 13, and Ray Allen and Shane Battier each added 11 for Miami, which took control by outscoring the Hornets 33-10 over the final 11 minutes of the first half. New Orleans started the game 10 for 12 from the floor, then shot 9 for 31 over the rest of the half.
    Bulls 93, Knicks 85
    At Chicago, Marco Belinelli and Luol Deng scored 22 points apiece as Chicago snapped New York's five-game winning streak.
    Belinelli scored 15 points in the first quarter, while Deng had 10 in the fourth, giving the Bulls their first three-game winning streak of the season.
    Hawks 93, Grizzlies 83
    At Memphis, Tenn., Josh Smith had 24 points, Lou Williams scored 18 of his 21 in the second half, and Atlanta won for the nine time in 10 games.
    Al Horford had 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Atlanta, while Jeff Teague finished with 13 points and six assists.
    Pistons 104, Cavaliers 97
    At Cleveland, Brandon Knight scored a career-high 30 points and Detroit beat Cleveland for the second time in six days.
    Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points while Jason Maxiell added 11 and Kyle Singler 9 for the Pistons.
    Celtics 92, 76ers 79
    At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 19 points, Jeff Green added 16, and Boston won the back end of a home-and-home with Philadelphia.
    Paul Pierce finished with 13 points and Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists and collected nine rebounds, one night after his first triple-double of the season. Rondo finished with just seven points.
    Spurs 132, Bobcats 102
    At Charlotte, N.C., Danny Green scored 23 points and San Antonio set a franchise record with 19 3-pointers to hand Charlotte its seventh straight loss.
    Green was 7 of 9 from 3-point range and the Spurs shot 56 percent from behind the arc.
    Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists as the Spurs won for the ninth time in 10 games to push their record to 17-4.
    Warriors 101, Wizards 97
    At Washington, David Lee had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 23 points and Golden State beat Washington for its third straight road win.
    Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors, who won the first three games of a road trip for the first time since February, 2003.
    Clippers 117, Suns 99
    At Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and Los Angeles won its fifth in a row while sending Phoenix to a season-worst sixth straight loss.
    Blake Griffin added 24 points, and Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists. Crawford made all four of his free throws to extend his streak to 55 in a row since Nov. 3.
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