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Kings beat Nets to clinch first winning season since 2005-06

Kings beat Nets to clinch first winning season since 2005-06

NEW YORK (AP) โ€” Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 21 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings clinched their first winning season since 2005-06 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 101-96 on Thursday night.

Deโ€™Aaron Fox added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who improved to 42-27, second in the Western Conference. They hadnโ€™t finished above .500 since going 44-38 in 2005-06, the last of eight consecutive playoff appearances under Rick Adelman.

Sabonis had 20 points by halftime and the Kings led by as much as 17, but the Nets made it close.

Mikal Bridges scored 23 points for the Nets, who fell 1 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are just 1 1/2 ahead of seventh-place Miami as they try to avoid the play-in tournament.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and Nic Claxton had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets.


DETROIT (AP) โ€” Nikola Jokic scored 30 points and Denver beat Detroit to snap a season-high four-game losing streak and clinched the Northwest Division.

Jokic, the two-time reigning NBA MVP, had three assists and three rebounds before his first attempt several minutes into the game and finished 14 of 18 from the field with 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and Aaron Gordon 15 for the Western Conference-leading Nuggets.

Rodney McGruder scored 20 for the Pistons, who have lost 12 of 13 games and have the NBAโ€™s worst record. Detroit rookies Jalen Duren had 15 points and 13 assists, while Jaden Ivey added 14 points and six assists.

SUNS 116, MAGIC 113

PHOENIX (AP) โ€” Josh Okogie made a go-ahead 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter and blocked Paolo Bancheroโ€™s attempt at a tying 3 in the final seconds as Phoenix held on to beat Orlando and snap a three-game losing streak.

Devin Booker led Phoenix with 19 points. Cameron Payne scored 18 points, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul each had 16 and Okogie finished with 15. The Suns made all 17 of their free throws in the game.

Markelle Fultz scored 25 points, Banchero added 18 and Cole Anthony 17 for Orlando. Franz Wagner had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Wendell Carter Jr. also scored 16 points.


MILWAUKEE (AP) โ€” Andrew Nembhard scored 24 points and Aaron Nesmith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points as Indiana rallied late and beat Central Division- and Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee.

With Nesmith leading the way, Indiana (32-38)…

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