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Sacramento leaders want new owners for Kings

A group of 25 Sacramento business leaders will send a letter to the NBA Board of Governors on Thursday asking that group to consider new...

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SACRAMENTO — A group of 25 Sacramento business leaders will send a letter to the NBA Board of Governors on Thursday asking that group to consider new ownership for the Sacramento Kings, sources say.

A spokesman for the group, Gregory Hayes, a member of the mayor's Think Big Sacramento organization, said the group will hold a news conference near the site of the proposed arena in the downtown rail yard. Hayes declined to offer details.

But a source who declined to speak publicly until Thursday said the group intends to issue a letter saying it appreciates what the Maloof family has done with the team, but that, to make an arena deal happen, the group believes it is best to have new owners with a long-term commitment to Sacramento.

A spokesman for the Kings, Eric Rose, declined to comment directly about the group, but said the Kings owners are committed to making a deal in Sacramento and do not intend to sell.

Bryant out; Bynum

has 30 rebounds

SAN ANTONIO — Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds, the most in an NBA game this season, and the Los Angeles Lakers didn't need Kobe Bryant to blow out the San Antonio Spurs 98-84.

Metta World Peace scored 26 points and the Lakers, playing their third straight game without the injured Bryant, manhandled the Spurs underneath to hand the West's second-place team one of their most embarrassing losses this season.

Bryant is sitting out to heal his sore left shin. There remains no timetable on when the NBA's leading scorer might return.

Bynum's dominating night surpassed the previous NBA season high of 25 rebounds, set twice by Orlando's Dwight Howard and Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova.

Danny Green led the Spurs with 22 points.

Clippers stop

Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chris Paul scored 31 points, including the game-winning shot on a layup with 8.8 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 100-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder that kept the Clippers in position for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Paul got past Thunder defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha and squeezed the ball onto the rim past the league's leading shot blocker, Serge Ibaka, to put L.A. ahead.

Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer that could have won it, hitting the back rim on a shot over Clippers center DeAndre Jordan from the left wing.

Durant led Oklahoma City with 22 points and Russell Westbrook scored 20 on 3-for-14 shooting. The West-leading Thunder has lost four of its past six games.

Blake Griffin added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles.

Notes

Ty Lawson scored 24 points, including four free throws in the final 17.6 seconds, to help the host Denver Nuggets hold on for a 113-107 win over a Minnesota Timberwolves squad that was missing Kevin Love after the All-Star forward went out with a mild concussion in the first quarter. Martell Webster from Seattle Prep scored 12 points for Minnesota.

Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School scored a season-high 34 points, Wesley Matthews had two baskets in the final minute and the host Portland Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors 118-110 despite missing All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. Former Husky Nate Robinson had 19 points and eight assists for Golden State and ex-Cougar Klay Thompson scored 12 points.

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