NBA Scores And More: Sacramento Kings Make Stand At Home; Celtics Survive Utah

ARCO Arena was filled to the brim, and the Kings rewarded their fans with a rare win. In other action, the Celtics survived Utah and Channing Frye spoiled Deron Williams' first game as a Net in New Jersey.

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Clippers Vs. Kings: Sacramento's Last Stand Ends With A Rare Win

In an emotional and loud game at the gym no longer called ARCO Arena, the Sacramento Kings knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season, winning 105-99. As fans packed the ol' gas pump to the brim in what was deemed the first sell-out since the Kings' home opener in November, Marcus Thornton scored 29 off the bench to lead Sacramento while "Sac-ra-men-to!" chants rang through the building.

(Breaking the third-person for a second -- I'm a Kings fan. I was in the upper deck. This place was loud, and spirited, and my voicebox is shredded, and my hands hurt, and this is how it's supposed to feel to be a sports fan. Painful and exhilarating all at once. Back to the recap.)

The fan-driven sell-out overshadowed the game itself, but the Kings' players rewarded the crowd with a strong performance, despite plenty of sloppy execution, as you'd expect when the Kings and Clippers hook up. Thornton drove the lane hard and showed off his repertoire of crossovers and dekes, drawing some appreciate oohs and aahs typically reserved for Blake Griffin. Griffin got some reactions, too, from boos early to gasps at a pair of ridiculous alley-oop finishes. (DeAndre Jordan's finish in the top clip is easily the most bombastic, but all three slams are worth your time.)

But this night was, again, about the Sacramento Kings and their fans. As such, respect Thornton's transition lob to Omri Casspi, which just about brought the house down in the fourth quarter.

The Kings have 11 more home games this season. Fans hope there are 41 more in Sacramento next season.


Celtics Vs. Jazz: Ray Allen Sinks Utah Late

Ray Allen scored 10 points in the final seven minutes to lead the Boston Celtics to a 107-102 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake. Allen finished the game with a team-high 25 that included hitting 5-8 from beyond the arc. Paul Pierce added 21, 11 of which came in perfect shooting at the foul line. (The Jazz still love to foul!)

Al Jefferson, a former Celtic, led the Jazz with 28 points and 19 rebounds, a monstrous performance. Derrick Favors had a solid fourth quarter, with two exclamatory putback dunks, but Boston kept pressing until Allen came in starting reeling off the points. Jefferson and Paul Millsap tried to answer, but couldn't keep up. Utah was really, really overmatched on the perimeter, even with Devin Harris.

If there's concern for Boston, it's that Jefferson gave the team such fits. Nenad Krstic struggled mightily on defense all game, and Doc Rivers turned a small, offense-minded (as much as the Celtics get offense-minded) line-up down the stretch, with Kevin Garnett at center and Glen Davis at power forward. It's not a rare line-up for Rivers, and it really hadn't been during Kendrick Perkins' rehab. But it won't work against some opponents, and Jefferson arguably showed that it's like playing with fire against any team with two solid scoring big men.


Suns Vs. Nets: Deron Williams' New Jersey Home Debut Spoiled By Channing Frye

On Sunday, Channing Frye beat the Indiana Pacers with a long jumper at the buzzer in overtime to break a tie and get the Phoenix Suns a win. Would you believe he did it again on Monday against the New Jersey Nets? Well, he almost did it again: Frye nailed a three with seven seconds left in overtime to give Phoenix a 104-103 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Frye scored only seven points in the game, as Phoenix's bench came up big. Four Suns scored double-figures off the bench, led by Marcin Gortat's 17. But with the game on the line, it's helpful to have a big shooter who can get his shot off against anyone; Frye may not be consistent, but he can stroke it.

The Nets nearly won Deron Williams' home opener in Newark before a substantial crowd at the Prudential Center. Williams had 18 assists, many of them to Brook Lopez, who scored 28. Anthony Morrow is back in the starting lineup; he scored 22, and hit 5-10 threes.

In other action:

Bulls 105, Wizards 77: Chicago put Washington on rails early with a 10-2 run in the first quarter; the Wizards never led. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng had 21 points apiece.

Nuggets 100, Hawks 90: Denver got great bench play from J.R. Smith (19 points on 6-10 shooting) and Raymond Felton (16 on 7-12) in a win over Atlanta. The Hawks had a single-digit lead most of the game, but an 8-0 in the early fourth punctuated by a Smith three-pointer put Denver in control for good.

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