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Jazz top Bobcats

Seattle group interested in buying Kings

The Associated PressJanuary 10, 2013 

Jazz Bobcats Basketball

Utah Jazz's Randy Foye, front, steals the ball from Charlotte Bobcats' Ben Gordon, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The Jazz won 112-102. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHUCK BURTON — AP

— Al Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 112-102 Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.

Jefferson was 11 of 15 from the field and the Bobcats had no answer for the 6-foot-10 center in the paint.

Paul Millsap chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward was 4 of 5 from 3-point range for 14 points as the Jazz made light work of the Bobcats’ zone defense, shooting 54 percent from the field.

CAVALIERS 99, HAWKS 83

At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks.

CELTICS 87, SUNS 79

At Boston, Jeff Green scored 14 points, rookie Jared Sullinger added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, and the Celtics rallied to beat Phoenix.

RAPTORS 90, 76ERS 72

At Toronto, Amir Johnson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Jose Calderon added 14 points and 11 assists, and Toronto sent Philadelphia to its fifth straight loss.

THUNDER 106, TIMBERWOLVES 84

At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 26 points, and Russell Westbrook added 23 to lead the Thunder.

After losing its previous game on a buzzer-beater against a last-place Washington team saddled by injuries to its three top players, Oklahoma City left nothing to chance with the Timberwolves missing All-Star forward Kevin Love and four others.

BUCKS 104, BULLS 96

At Chicago, Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls for their second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan.

SPURS 108, LAKERS 105

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss.

HORNETS 88, ROCKETS 79

At New Orleans, Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally the New Orleans Hornets.

Seattle might get Kings

Investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings, setting up the possibility of the NBA’s return to Seattle.

The Kings could reportedly sell for more than $500 million. The Kings’ future in Sacramento has been uncertain because the Maloofs and the city haven’t been able to come up with a long-term arena solution.

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