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Kings beat Mavs before arrival of Gay

By Chris Pike
10 December 2013 05:27PM EST

THE Sacramento Kings showed on Monday night that they are an NBA team not to be slept on the rest of the season beating Dallas even before the arrival of the traded-for Rudy Gay.

There were six matches in the NBA on Monday night with Charlotte beating Golden State 115-111, the Clippers downing Philadelphia 94-83, Denver holding out Washington 75-74, Memphis beating Orlando 94-85, Portland downing Utah 105-94 and Sacramento beating Dallas 112-97.

Charlotte continued its vastly improved 2013/14 season to date with a strong four-point win at home over Golden State on Monday to improve to a 10-11 record.

It was an entertaining contest that in the end saw Bobcat Kemba Walker score his team's final 15 points to overcome a hot performance from Stephen Curry that saw the Warriors point guard finish with a season-best 43 points on 14-of-32 shooting from the field and 5-of-16 from long range.

Charlotte's Walker finished the night with 32 points, five assists and five rebounds with his starting back court partner Gerald Henderson adding 24 points.

Ramon Sessions added 13 points for the Bobcats, Ben Gordon 12, Josh McRoberts 11 and Al Jefferson 11.

As well as Curry's 43 points for the Warriors, Klay Thompson scored 22, David Lee 14 (and 16 rebounds), Harrison Barnes 14 and Australian centre Andrew Bogut eight to go with 12 boards and two blocked shots.

The Clippers scored a solid 11-point win on the road in Philadelphia over the Sixers on Monday night meaning they have now won their last four matches against the 76ers for the first time since 1975.

Blake Griffin top-scored for the Clippers with 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while Chris Paul had 25 points and 13 assists. DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 21 boards also.

Evan Turner top-scored for the 76ers with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists with Thaddeus Young adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Tony Wroten had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as point guard in the continued absence of rookie Michael Carter-Williams, but shot just 2-of-12 from the field.

Denver's clash with Washington at the Verizon Centre was far from pretty, but in the end the Nuggets prevailed to win by a solitary point, 75-74 and improve to a 13-8 record on the season finishing their current six-game road swing with four wins.

Wilson Chandler top-scored for the Nuggets with 17 points and eight rebounds while shooting 7-of-10 from the field, and 3-of-6 from three-point territory.

Nate Robinson was the only other Denver player to score in double-digits hitting 16 points off the bench.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds with Marcin Gortat scoring 16 points, Trevor Ariza 14 and Trevor Booker 12 to go with his 12 rebounds, and two blocks.

Memphis then got back to a 500 record with a solid nine-point win at home on Monday over the struggling Magic even though the Grizzlies were again without Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Ed Davis and Quincy Pondexter.

Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Mike Conley had 13 points and seven assists, and Jon Leuer 16 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Andrew Nicholson worked hard for the Magic finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots with point guard Jameer Nelson having 19 points and five assists.

Glen Davis had 16 points, nine boards and three blocks with Arron Afflalo scoring 16 points and Victor Oladipo 10.

Portland then bounced back in Utah from a nail-biting loss to Dallas on Saturday with a comfortable 11-point victory over the dismal Jazz.

The win improved the Blazers to an 18-4 record to still be leading the western conference with LaMarcus Aldridge top-scoring with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Point guard Damian Lillard also had 18 points for the Trail Blazers with Wesley Matthews adding 16 points and Robin Lopez 15 to go with 11 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting.

Alec Burks top-scored for the Jazz off the bench with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field with Enes Kanter adding 19 points, Gordon Hayward 17, Trey Burke 15 and veteran swingman Richard Jefferson 13.

Sacramento then delivered one of its best performances of the season to beat Dallas at home by 15 points on Monday even without Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray whom the Kings have recently traded for.

Centre DeMarcus Cousins dominated for Sacramento with 32 points and 19 rebounds with power forward Derrick Williams adding 31 points, five steals and five boards.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas stepped into a starting role and had 24 points and 12 assists while Jason Thompson added 10 points, seven boards and three assists for Sacramento.

Monta Ellis top-scored for the Mavs with 21 points and vie assists while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Jose Calderon also had 11 points and Shane Larkin 10.

NBA Results Monday December 9
Golden State Warriors (12-10) 111 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (10-11) 115
LA Clippers (14-8) 94 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (7-15) 83
Denver Nuggets (13-8) 75 defeated Washington Wizards (9-11) 74
Orlando Magic (6-15) 85 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (10-10) 94
Portland Trail Blazers (18-4) 105 defeated Utah Jazz (4-19) 94
Dallas Mavericks (13-9) 97 lost to Sacramento Kings (6-13) 112

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