KINGS OF KING
LeBron James welcomed back Zydrunas Ilgauskas by leading all scorers with 34 points while powering Cleveland to a seven-point win over Sacramento - the Cavs' ninth win in their last ten games. (Yawn.) But in the loss, Beno Udrih recorded a triple-double (18 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds, since you asked). He's just the second player ever to post a triple-double when facing the King. And the first one to do it was also a King, one named Mike Bibby more than five years ago. Of course, that one was a 27-point Kings win. Or King's loss. (Regardless, see: January 20, 2005.)
More from The Rundown, including why Rihanna has been stuck in our head all morning, and the whipping that had one coach thinking about his childhood, after the jump.
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Lots of today finishes of things that didn't finish yesterday because yesterday went all cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Things like the Arnold Palmer Invitational (10 am ET), where Ernie Els holds a two-shot lead with four holes remaining. Things like the IZOD IndyCar Series at St. Petersburg (10 am ET, ESPN2), where the greatest name in sport - Will Power - looks to make it two wins in two races this year. And things like the NSCS at Martinsville (12 pm ET), where Jimmie Johnson looks for his fourth win in six races this year at a track where he's won five of the last seven NSCS races.
Connecticut extended its women's D-I record win streak to 75 games with a 38-point win over 4th-seeded Iowa State. In the Sweet 16. The Huskies have won their first 3 tournament games by a combined 148 points. That's a new record, 17 points better than the old record. These are NCAA Tournament games, people. Said Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly, "I don't think I've had a whipping like that since I was a little kid and I broke something of my mom's."
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