By Mike Slane

December 18, 2007: SCOREBOARD | IN FOCUS GALLERY | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Michael Jordan is making a comeback! Just kidding, people. But he did practice with the Bobcats on Tuesday to help team morale. Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"Everybody's contributing and playing well. It makes the game fun.''

Kobe Bryant, whose Lakers have won six of seven.
NBA.COM'S FANTASY TAKE
Nene, formally known as Nene Hilario, was cleared to practice on Monday after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in Boston on Nov. 7. He might not be the best fantasy pick up, but his 5.2 rebounds per game might affect Marcus Camby's huge numbers on the boards. Check out our Fantasy Index for more.
SHOOTING STUDS
Richard Jefferson, Nets
106-101 loss vs. Kings
36 pts, 12-19 FG, 11-11 FT

Jamario Moon, Raptors
80-77 win at Clippers
16 pts, 8-12 FG

John Salmons, Kings
106-101 win at Nets
31 pts, 13-18 FG, 2-3 3-pt FG
STAT SHEET STUFFER
When Jason Kidd meets the Sacramento Kings, it usually means a triple-double is on the way. Kidd had triple-doubles in both matchups last season and had three in his last five against the Kings. He didn't get his third straight on Tuesday, but he sure came close. The veteran guard, who already has six triple-doubles this season, finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 106-101 loss to the Kings.
SHOOTING DUDS
Beno Udrih, Kings
106-101 loss at Nets
0 pts, 0-8 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

Anthony Parker, Raptors
80-77 win at Clippers
0 pts, 0-6 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

Derek Fisher, Lakers
103-91 at Bulls
10 pts, 3-10 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG
SALMONS POSTS CAREER HIGH, KINGS WIN ON THE ROAD
Ron Artest was supposed to be the man in Sacramento while leading scorer Kevin Martin is out with a groin injury. Turns out, it's John Salmons, not Ron, picking up the slack for the Kings. Salmons, who has replaced Martin at shooting guard, poured in a career-high 31 points to lead the Kings to a rare 106-101 road victory in New Jersey on Tuesday night. Sacramento improved to 2-10 away from ARCO Arena, while the Nets dropped to 5-10 at home. The Kings snapped a nine-game road losing streak to the Sixers in the second game of their current five-game road trip. Artest had one of his best outings since Martin went down seven games ago with 20 points and four rebounds.
BOSH SETS TEAM RECORD, KAMAN POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
In a draft class which featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, it's often easy to overlook Chris Bosh of the Raptors and Chris Kaman of the Clippers. Even though they're not the top stars from the 2003 NBA Draft, Bosh and Kaman are putting up solid numbers each night and have become two of the league's best big men. The two met Tuesday night and despite Kaman's 10th straight double-double and 20th of the season, Toronto held off Los Angeles in an 80-77 decision. Bosh finished with 24 points and nine rebounds and became the Raptors' all-time leading rebounder early in the first quarter.
ROOKIE WATCH
The next Dwight Howard? Okay, that might be a stretch, but Sean Williams is a beast. The Nets' rookie out of Boston College blocked just about everything that came his way and nearly recorded his first career triple-double in New Jersey's 106-101 home loss to the Kings on Tuesday. He finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and matched Mike Gminski's team rookie record with eight blocks set in 1981.
SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
Kobe Bryant had 18 points in the first three quarters, but was nowhere to be seen in the scoring column in the fourth as he played through a groin injury on Tuesday. Good thing the Lakers had Sasha Vujacic coming off the bench. The reserve guard scored nine of his team-high 19 in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers hold on for a 103-91 victory over Chicago and win their sixth out of their last seven.
D-LEAGUE STAR OF THE NIGHT
The Colorado 14ers reacquired Eddie Gill on Friday just two days after he was waived by the Nets. On Tuesday, the first GATORADE Call-Up of the season suited up with the 14ers for the first time and showed why they made him the first overall pick in the 2007 D-League Draft as he had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 117-101 win to help hand the Toros their second loss of the season.