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NBA Roundup: Philadelphia Freedom

Notes on Thursday's games in the National Basketball Association:

It's Not Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Let us now take you back ... all the way back to Wednesday, as Chris Webber did some contemplating on his role with the 76ers and yelled; time out! Am I not an NBA superstar? If you cut me, do I not bleed? If my jersey is untucked, do I not get fined? Six points in 23 minutes is freakin' ridiculous! In other words, I want out. "I'm not going to keep playing like this," Webber told the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday after Seattle topped the 76ers 96-90. "I don't like this role. So, you can take that however you want." Webber, coming back from knee surgery, is averaging just over 30 minutes a game, well below his career average of 38. Coach Maurice Cheeks of course is NOT! going to let him play more. No wait, that can't be right ...


Curse You, Red Baron! On Thursday, Webber's old team, the Sacramento Kings, never could really get a handle on that whole stopping Baron Davis thing. The Warriors' guard scored 36 points, had a career-high 18 assists and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Warriors, 117-105.

Ground Control To Major Yao. The Houston Rockets almost blew a big lead once again, but managed to hang on thanks to Tracy McGrady (21 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists) and Yao Ming (20 points, 12 rebounds) in a 101-100 win over the Bulls. The Rockets, who led by 19 at one point in the third quarter, watched as Chicago's Ben Gordon scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half. He has a tendency to do that.

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