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Role reversal: Kings rip up Lakers

Also, Mavericks down Blazers in Portland

The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers played a perfect role reversal.

Three days after absorbing a 12-point loss against Los Angeles, Sacramento dealt the Lakers a 108-84 setback Wednesday night, their most lopsided home loss of the season.

The victory gave the Kings a two-game lead over Los Angeles in the Pacific Division and snapped Sacramento's six-game regular-season losing streak to the Lakers.

The Kings made no effort to mask their satisfaction for evening the score against the Lakers, who scored 18 straight fourth-quarter points on Sunday.

"This was a very important win, especially at this place," said Chris Webber, who finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds. "We wanted some revenge. For me, it's satisfying, the team as well. When you lose and you play bad, it doesn't feel good."

Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic, who scored 22 points, agreed.

"It was kind of payback for Sunday," Stojakovic said.

The shooting woes that doomed Sacramento in the earlier game were nonexistent Wednesday night. The Kings, who missed 15 straight shots on Sunday, scored seven of the last nine points in the first half and outscored the Lakers 51-31 in the second half Wednesday.

On this night, it was Los Angeles that struggled to find its range in the second half. The Lakers, who were without the injured Kobe Bryant for the fourth straight game, made only 11 of 43 shots (25.6 percent).

"That was an ugly half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We just couldn't hit a shot. They were doubly hot. The third quarter malaise I can't explain, except to say they weren't going to give Shaq the same kind of shots and collapsed on him. We had open shots and couldn't convert them."

Shaquille O'Neal scored 25 points in the first half, but was held to eight in the final 24 minutes, finishing with 33 points and 11 rebounds. He left Staples Center without speaking to reporters.

The Kings parlayed the momentum gained from Tuesday night's 124-117 overtime victory over the New York Knicks into their second straight win.

"It was just a terrific win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "It was one of our best road wins. After Sunday's game, and then playing overtime last night, our guys mentally really got into this game."

The Lakers, who lost 104-83 to Phoenix on Monday, received no sympathy from the Kings.

"Back-to-back, that's tough," said Stojakovic, describing the Kings' schedule. "We really looked kind of fresh, didn't we? They looked tired, and they were at home."

MAGIC 96, 76ERS 95: Tracy McGrady matched a career-high with 44 points and hit a driving bank shot with 2.7 seconds as visiting Orlando dealt the 76ers their sixth loss in seven games.

Allen Iverson, battling bronchitis, finished with 37 points and 10 turnovers. His three-point play with 7.6 seconds remaining gave the Sixers a 95-94 lead, but his desperation heave at the buzzer missed the mark.

Darrell Armstrong scored 14 points for the Magic, who forced the Sixers into a season-high 27 turnovers.

NETS 99, NUGGETS 96: Keith Van Horn scored 25 points and Lucious Harris added 21 for host New Jersey.

Doug Overton added 17 for the Nets, who learned that All-Star guard Stephon Marbury would be lost for the season and will have surgery on Thursday to repair a ruptured tendon in his left pinkie.

Antonio McDyess had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Raef LaFrentz added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Denver.

SUNS 103, CAVALIERS 94: Jason Kidd scored 29 points as host Phoenix extended its winning streak to five games.

Tony Delk added 22 points for the Suns. Kidd, averaging 24 points during the winning streak, also had 10 assists.

Andre Miller scored 22 points and Matt Harpring added 19 for the Cavaliers, who lost for the 13th time in 17 games.

MAVERICKS 94, TRAIL BLAZERS 84: Juwan Howard scored 24 points and Michael Finley added 23 as Dallas set a franchise record with its 21st road victory.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavs, who have won three straight and nine of 11 and also broke a 10-game losing streak in Portland.

Arvydas Sabonis scored 19 points and Scottie Pippen had 10 assists for the Blazers.

SUPERSONICS 94, TIMBERWOLVES 93: Ruben Patterson sank two free throws and soared from the side to block Kevin Garnett's shot in the last 32 seconds as host Seattle snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak.

Patterson finished with 19 points, and Patrick Ewing scored a season-high 19 to go with 10 rebounds for the Sonics, who have won nine of 10 games. Gary Payton led Seattle with 23 points and 11 assists.

Garnett finished with 21 for Minnesota, but he was held to four points in the final quarter. Wally Szczerbiak had 20 points and Terrell Brandon added 16 points and 12 assists.