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Wizards overcome meltdowns, top Kings

Associated Press / January 12, 2011

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Nick Young scored a career-high 43 points, and Kirk Hinrich had 6 in overtime as the Washington Wizards survived a last-minute regulation meltdown to beat the Sacramento Kings at home, 136-133, last night.

The Wizards blew a 6-point lead in the final 14 seconds of the fourth quarter — and nearly blew a 5-point lead in the final half-minute of overtime — and finished the game without injured starters John Wall and Andray Blatche.

Young went 14 for 22 from the field, including 7 for 10 from 3-point range. Six Washington players scored in double figures in the team’s highest-scoring output of the season, with Blatche tallying 16 points and 13 rebounds and Wall finishing with 22 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Beno Udrih and Francisco Garcia scored 26 points apiece — a season high for Garcia — and Carl Landry had a season-high 23 for the Kings, who have lost 11 straight on the road.

Spurs 107, Timberwolves 96 — Manu Ginobili had 19 points, including five technical free throws in a 10-second span of the third quarter, as San Antonio beat host Minnesota.

Richard Jefferson scored 17 and Tony Parker had 12 points and 13 assists for the Spurs, who beat the Timberwolves for the 16th straight time.

Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost five in a row and came unglued during referee Ken Mauer’s five-technical binge in the third. Michael Beasley had just 7 points on 3-for-11 shooting while playing on a sprained left ankle, and left late in the fourth quarter after aggravating the injury.

Nuggets 132, Suns 98 — Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 31 points and Carmelo Anthony followed up one of his worst shooting performances with a 28-point effort, helping host Denver beat Phoenix to snap a three-game skid.

Anthony, the subject of trade talks all season, was greeted early by the crowd with a smattering of boos but quickly reversed the mood with his hustle and hanging jumpers. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

That was a sharp contrast to Sunday night, when Anthony scored just 8 points and drew jeers like he’d never heard before at Pepsi Center.

Pacers 107, 76ers 98 — Danny Granger scored 27 points, Darren Collison added 21 points and 13 assists, and Indiana snapped a nine-game road losing streak.

Indiana hadn’t won a road game since a 107-98 victory at Sacramento on Nov. 30.

The Pacers had dropped three straight and 10 of 13. Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 19 points.

Last night’s Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks game was postponed because of a winter storm. It was rescheduled for March 15 at Philips Arena.

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