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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Barkley Hits Benchmark in Suns' Win


PHOENIX -- Charles Barkley had 30 points and 18 rebounds to become the 22nd player in National Basketball Association history to score 20,000 points as the Phoenix Suns defeated the New Jersey Nets, 107-102, for their third straight victory.

Barkley also had two defensive gems 60 seconds apart to augment his second straight strong performance Thursday. Two nights earlier, he had 35 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Chicago.

Barkley has 20,014 points and needs 10 more to tie Tom Chambers for 21st on the all-time list. He needs 33 more rebounds to become the 10th player in league history to record 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. He has done it in 11 1/2 seasons, the first eight with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Just five active players are members of the club. The others are Michael Jordan, Robert Parish, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. Rookie Michael Finley added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns on Thursday, and Danny Manning scored 14 before fouling out with 39 seconds to play.

Chris Childs led the Nets with 22 points and Kendall Gill had 21. Armon Gilliam had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Shawn Bradley had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Mavericks 136, Jazz 133, 2 OT. In Dallas, Jason Kidd had 25 assists, the most in the NBA this season, and Jim Jackson scored 38 points as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted the Utah Jazz 136-133 in two overtimes Thursday night.

It was the second-highest scoring game of the season. Dallas was involved in the other one, too, 140-130 over Phoenix on Jan. 12.

Karl Malone led Utah with 36 points and David Benoit tied his career-high with 24 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Hornets 115, Kings 105. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Glen Rice warmed up for the defense of his 3-point shooting title with 33 points, leading Charlotte over road-weary Sacramento.

Rice, who on Saturday will try to win his second consecutive long distance shootout title at All-Star weekend, connected on his first five shots and wound up making 11 of 16, including a 2-for-3 performance from 3-point range.

Nuggets 115, Clippers 95. In Denver, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf scored 28 points to lead six Denver players in double figures as the Nuggets handed Los Angeles its eighth-straight loss.

Hawks 98, Bullets 92. In Atlanta, Stacey Augmon scored 20 points and Steve Smith, redeeming himself for a poor shooting night, made a key defensive play in the final minute as Atlanta defeated Washington.


The New York Knicks traded Charles Smith and Monty Williams to the San Antonio Spurs for J.R. Reid and Brad Lohaus. Both Reid and Lohaus will be free agents at the end of the season, sparking immediate speculation that the Knicks real goal is to trim enough salary to sign Indiana Pacers' free agent guard Reggie Miller in the offseason. ()