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Cavaliers 90, Kings 85

March 20, 1998

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Shawn Kemp had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 90-85 Thursday night.

The Cavs’ third straight victory, combined with New York’s loss to Portland, pulled Cleveland into a sixth-place tie with the Knicks in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Derek Anderson scored 18 points and Wesley Person had 16 for Cleveland. Brevin Knight added 13 points, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs.

Corliss Williamson scored 21 points and Otis Thorpe had 20 for Sacramento, which has lost six straight and 13 of 15. Mitch Richmond, playing with a sore right knee, was scoreless in the first half and finished with 12 points for the Kings.

Ilgaukas rebounded a missed free throw and scored from close range to put the Cavaliers ahead for good, 85-84, with 1:02 remaining.

Anderson followed with two free throws to make it 87-84 with 43.8 seconds left. The Kings then missed three 3-point attempts in the final 30 seconds.

After the Kings opened the game with 10 straight points, the Cavaliers gradually closed the gap. They trailed 22-16 after one quarter and used the 15-0 run in the second to take a 35-34 halftime lead.

Notes: The Kings missed 10 straight shots during the second quarter, when they scored 12 points. ... Kemp missed six of eight shots in the first half and scored only five points. ... There were 21 lead changes in the game, including nine in the fourth quarter. ... Richmond made a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to pass Kevin McHale on the career scoring list.

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