Frightening fall

Sacramento Kings rookie Tyreke Evans was banged up Tuesday night in a 96-94 loss to New Orleans. He did not stay out for long.

The former American Christian star from Chester fell hard late in the first quarter after making a layup. He landed on his chest and face.

After doctors made sure he did not have a concussion, Evans returned. He scored six of his 25 points after the fall. Evans also had nine assists.

He said the landing was scary.

"I ain't never fell like that in my life," he said. "I couldn't breathe, and I've still got a headache right now, but I should be OK."

Evans scored 19 points last night.

Surgery for Celtic

Boston guard Marquis Daniels had an operation to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. No timetable was set for his return.

As a backup, he has averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 assists this season.

Fight at Denny's

Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Thomas was at a Dallas restaurant when a fight broke out.

Damien Pettie, 29, told police he approached Thomas and a group of people at a Denny's about 3 a.m. yesterday and said, "Hey, what's up?" to the former 76er.

Thomas cursed at Pettie and used racial and gay slurs, according to the police report. Pettie cursed back, at which point, he said, he was struck twice in the face by someone in Thomas' group.

Several people fought, but Thomas and his group left before the police arrived. No one was arrested; it was unclear whether the police planned to pursue the case. - Inquirer wire services