MIAMI, March 6 (Ticker) -- Lamar Odom
showed just how determined he is
to carry the Miami Heat into the playoffs.
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Odom scored a season-high 30 points, grabbed a career-high 19
rebounds and handed out 11 assists to lead the Heat to a 102-96
upset of the Sacramento Kings.
"That has to be one of the best games played in this league for
the entire year," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "I have seen
a lot of great performances here by a lot of great players, but
there haven't been any better than that. That is a phenomenal
The triple-double was the first by a member of the Heat in 739
games -- ending the NBA's longest current drought -- and the
eighth of Odom's career.
"Getting a triple-double is something I always strive for," said
Odom, who made 11-of-18 shots. "The best part of it is the 19
rebounds and 11 assists because scoring happens, but putting up
those kinds of numbers in rebounds and assists shows you're
getting your teammates involved. And that's very rewarding."
The win moved Miami (27-36) into a tie with Boston for seventh
place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams make the
The Kings came in with the league's best record and a 20-2 mark
against Eastern Conference teams, but they had no answer for the
versatile Odom and left with a surprising loss.
The 6-10 forward was matched mostly against Kings All-Star
forward Chris Webber
, who played his third game since returning
from knee surgery and a suspension. Webber is still running
with a slight limp and was no match for Odom's quickness.
"He had a great game tonight," said Webber, who had 22 points
and nine rebounds. "He's almost like a point forward. They put
the ball in his hands and let him do what he does. He's a heck
of a player, he always has been."
Driving into the lane with ease and setting up teammates for
open shots, Odom had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists
in the first half, when Miami opened a 48-39 lead.
Sacramento scored the first 10 points of the second half and
took the lead on a jumper by Mike Bibby
with 9:46 left in the
third quarter. Bibby finished with 24 points.
A pair of free throws by Eddie Jones
gave Miami the lead for
good, 86-84, with 3:56 remaining in the final period.
Odom penetrated the lane and whipped a pass to Rafer Alston
drilled a 3-pointer from the right side to increase the
advantage to 94-88 with 2:05 left.
Alston was the beneficiary of most of Odom's assists, finishing
with 20 points. Rasual Butler
and Udonis Haslem
each added 17
off the bench.
Jones made three free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the
win and played smothering defense on Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic
, who made just 4-of-13 shots and finished with 14