NBA Commissioner David Stern says the counteroffer to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle needs to be increased financially before the league's owners can consider it.

Stern said Friday night before the Warriors-Houston Rockets game in Oakland that the Sacramento group's bid has some "very strong financial people behind it, but it is not quite there."

He said "unless it increases, it doesn't get to the state of consideration."

Stern also said there will be a meeting April 3 in New York to avoid rushing debate on the issue at the NBA Board of Governors meeting April 18.

A group led by 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle submitted a counteroffer for the Kings last month.

They are hoping to block a bid by a Seattle group headed by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, which has a signed agreement to acquire 65 percent of the franchise from the Maloof family for about $341 million.

Nets 95, Wizards 78: Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead host Brooklyn over Washington.

Williams made his first eight shots behind the arc, became the first player in a decade to match the opposing team's score in the first half, and was one shy of the NBA record of 12 3-pointers as the Nets opened a huge early lead and coasted.

Williams had 33 points at halftime as the Nets led 59-33.

"I hit the first couple, and just they were those shots where when they leave your hand they feel like they're good, and so I just kept shooting them," Williams said.

Tracy McGrady is the last player to equal or surpass the opposing team in the first half when he outscored the Denver Nuggets 37-32 on March 9, 2003, according to STATS.

Heat 102, 76ers 93: LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points and host Miami pulled away late for its 17th straight victory.

The Heat matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot this season.

Down by nine in the third quarter, the Heat took a 76-75 lead when James beat the buzzer to end the period with a 3-pointer, then took control with what became a 17-4 run over a 5-minute stretch of the fourth.

Thunder 116, Bobcats 94: Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and visiting Oklahoma City won its fourth straight.

Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha both had 13 points for the Thunder, which blew open a close game with 19-0 run to start the second quarter.

The Thunder shot 59 percent from the field in the first three quarters to build a 90-66 lead and rested their starters the rest of the way.

"It's good to get some rest," Durant said. "I played 45 minutes last night, and tonight (the starters) basically played a half of basketball. That's good to get you re-energized for the next game. But it's also good that we have such a deep team."

Trail Blazers 136, Spurs 106: Oakland's Damian Lillard had 35 points and nine assists and Portland beat San Antonio to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center. LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which handed San Antonio its worst loss this season.

Celtics 107, Hawks 102: Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime and host Boston rallied after blowing a big lead in regulation and beat Atlanta.

The Celtics blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by four in overtime before outshooting the Hawks from beyond the arc in overtime. Jeff Green, Paul Pierce and Terry all hit 3-pointers in the OT.

Bulls 99, Jazz 98: Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift host Chicago over Utah.

  • Injured Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is "not quite" ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said. The 2011 NBA MVP continues to practice without restrictions, but his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee remains up in the air.