SACRAMENTO -- The history speaks for itself: No Sacramento King is nearly as notorious for revealing ailments just before tipoff as Ron Artest.
When the Kings small forward said he couldn't play Wednesday, less than an hour before game time, it again left coach Reggie Theus short-handed. It was bad timing for a team attempting to break its winless streak against Pacific Division opponents.
Kevin Martin also didn't play because of his bruised right thumb. The result was a 116-109 double-overtime loss to the Clippers, the Kings' ninth defeat in their last 13 games. With an 0-9 record against Pacific opponents, Sacramento is the only team in the NBA that hasn't won a divisional game.
Although Martin and Artest have been deemed questionable, they might play tonight against Minnesota.
ROCKETS 113, MAVERICKS 98, at Dallas -- Tracy McGrady had 31 points and nine assists, helping Houston push its franchise-best winning streak to 17 games.
Houston's streak is tied for seventh-best in NBA history. The Rockets will try moving into a tie for fourth Saturday at home against New Orleans, the next team they're trying to catch for a top-tier seed in the West.
Nowitzki, the reigning MVP, was serving a one-game suspension for a hard foul on Utah's Andrei Kirilenko.
SPURS 108, PACERS 97, at San Antonio -- Manu Ginobili scored 28 points to help San Antonio beat Indiana for its 11th consecutive win.
BULLS 107, CAVALIERS 96, at Chicago -- Ben Gordon and Luol Deng scored 23 points apiece, and Chicago overcame 39 points from LeBron James to beat Cleveland.
TIP-INS -- Commissioner David Stern and other NBA officials will tour Oklahoma City's downtown arena March 25 as part of the Seattle SuperSonics' relocation request. ... Miami coach Pat Riley said "there's a possibility" he will "miss one or two" upcoming Heat games because he wants to travel to the various NCAA conference tournaments and start seeing players who'll potentially be in this year's draft.