LeBron's 51 sinks Kings; Warriors top Mavs

March 13, 2009 

SACRAMENTO -- LeBron James scored 51 points, including six in overtime, and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the Central Division title Friday night with a 126-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Although James failed to extend his triple-double streak to four games, he was clearly the difference, scoring a combined 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

He added nine assists while falling four points short of his career high.

Cleveland secured its first division title in 33 years and just the second in franchise history as the Cavs won their fourth straight and eighth in nine games to tie the Lakers for the NBA's best record at 52-13.

Kevin Martin scored 34 points for the Kings, who fell to 0-25 against the Eastern Conference. Bobby Jackson and Jason Thompson both had 19 points and Will Solomon scored 18.

James scored first in overtime and made the free throw to complete the three-point play, then followed with a 3-pointer for a 122-116 lead.

Solomon made a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left to cut the Cleveland lead to 124-123. After a timeout, the Kings intentionally fouled Williams, who made two free throws for a 126-123 lead.

Solomon missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.

WARRIORS 119, MAVS 110, at Oakland -- Stephen Jackson scored 31 points, Monta Ellis had season highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors put a dent into Dallas' playoff run.

Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Randolph each added 14 points for the Warriors, who won their second straight.

Jason Kidd recorded his second triple-double of the season with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Kidd has 102 career triple-doubles, third on the list behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).

Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and Jason Terry added 20.

The Warriors lost center Andris Biedrins to a sprained left ankle after eight minutes, but Ronny Turiaf had another big game in his place. The 6-foot-10 center grabbed 12 rebounds in 25 minutes and blocked five shots.

Warriors guard Corey Maggette was also missing, out with a sinus infection.

Brandan Wright scored 12 points in 15 minutes in his return to the Warriors lineup after a 27-game layoff with a partial left shoulder separation.

The Mavericks are still in the eighth spot for the playoffs, but missed an opportunity to move into a seventh-place tie with the idle Denver Nuggets.

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