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January 12, 1997

Phoenix at Dallas (8:30 p.m. EST). The two teams meet for the first time since the Dec. 26 trade in which the Mavericks sent Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer to the Suns for Michael Finley, A.C. Green and Sam Cassell.

STARS

Saturday

_ Mitch Richmond, Kings, scored 32 points to help Sacramento earn its first road victory in more than a month, 109-101 over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

_ Patrick Ewing, Knicks, scored 30 points for the third time in four games and the sixth time this season to lead New York past the Boston Celtics 112-99.

_ Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Grizzlies, set a career- and franchise-high with 37 points, and added two blocks, two steals and seven rebounds in Vancouver’s 109-101 loss to Sacramento.

SCORING QUICKLY

The Toronto Raptors set a team record and came within two points of matching the NBA record for points in an opening quarter by scoring 48 against the New Jersey Nets in a 123-106 win. Toronto also set a club standard by shooting 82.6 percent in the opening quarter.

STAYING LATE

Steve Smith scored six points in the final 1:38 of overtime to lead Atlanta to its third straight overtime win, an 87-82 victory over the San Antonio Spurs that extended the Hawks’ home winning streak to 13.

SHARPSHOOTING SUB

Dallas reserve George McCloud scored 21 points, including seven in the final 63 seconds, and helped the Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 104-99. His jumper with 1:03 left put Dallas ahead for good, 97-95.

SUPER DUEL

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman outplayed Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley on Saturday night as the Chicago Bulls won the battle of NBA elite, 110-86 over the Houston Rockets.

SWEEPING THE GLASS

Atlanta and San Antonio combined for 114 rebounds in the Hawks’ 87-82 overtime win. Dikembe Mutombo had 21 of the Hawks’ 60 boards, while Will Perdue grabbed 17 for the Spurs, who had 54.

STREAK SNAPPED

Grant Hill had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Detroit to an 87-77 victory over Utah, ending the Pistons’ nine-game losing streak against the Jazz. They had not beaten the Jazz since Nov. 11, 1991

SCORING

Minnesota’s Stephon Marbury scored 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to help the Timberwolves rally for a 95-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

SUDDENLY...AN ASSIST

New Jersey Nets reserve center Yinka Dare finally got an assist after 769 minutes over two-plus seasons, setting up a 3-pointer by Lloyd Daniels with 47.9 seconds left in Toronto’s 123-106 win.

SUPERB IN DEFEAT

Vancouver rookie Shareef Abdur-Rahim had a career- and franchise-high 37 points for the Grizzlies as Bryant Reeves chipped in 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 109-101 loss to Sacramento.

SURGE

Chicago trailed Houston 58-57 with four minutes left in the third period before making three consecutive 3-pointers, one by Michael Jordan and two by Scottie Pippen, as the Bulls went on to win 110-86.

SEEING DOUBLE

Atlanta’s Christian Laettner has had double-doubles in points and rebounds in nine of his last 10 games, including 26 points and 10 rebounds in an 87-82 overtime win over San Antonio on Saturday night.

STUFFED

Seattle’s defense held Indiana’s Reggie Miller to just 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting in the SuperSonics’ 92-82 win.

SPEAKING

``You all ain’t going to have anything to write about now. I feel sorry for you all. ... What I am concentrating on now is my 3-pointers.″ _ New Jersey reserve center Yinka Dare addressing the media after he got his first NBA assist in the Nets’ 123-106 loss to Toronto. Dare, who played in 78 games without an assist, has never attempted a 3-pointer.

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