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Kings 101, Blazers 99

December 22, 1996

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Mitch Richmond scored on an alley-oop with two-tenths of a second left in overtime Saturday night to give the Sacramento Kings a 101-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Richmond, who finished with 37 points, caught an inbound pass from Billy Owens in midair and banked in his game-winner. Richmond scored the Kings’ final 10 points, including a long 3-pointer that tied it 99-99 with 26.6 seconds left in overtime.

Sacramento, which beat Minnesota on Thursday night, has won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 38 points for Portland, which lost its sixth straight at Arco Arena.

Cliff Robinson began the overtime period with a 3-pointer and hit another with 1:10 left to put the Blazers ahead 97-93.

A three-point play by Richmond cut the lead to 97-96 before Wallace’s basket with 40 seconds left gave Portland a 99-96 advantage.

Trailing by eight points at the half, Richmond made all eight of his free throws and scored 15 third-quarter points to pull the Kings within 69-68 entering the fourth.

Notes: The Kings placed forward Lionel Simmons on the injured list. He is expected to miss at least a month following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The team signed forward Devin Gray, who was playing his second season in Sioux Falls in the CBA. ... Kings guard Tyus Edney entered the game having converted 28 straight free throws, including a 15-of-15 effort in Thursday’s win against Minnesota. He made his first two against Portland, but missed the next as the streak ended at 30. ... The two teams combined for just 17 turnovers through three quarters.

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