Saturday, January 26, 2002

Shaq, Kobe rake Spurs

Lakers stop two-game skid

By The Associated Press

        LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Kobe Bryant scored 27 Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers held off San Antonio 94-91 to end a two-game losing streak.

        The Lakers still have not lost three straight since Phil Jackson became their coach before the 1999-2000 season, and Jackson has not lost three in a row since he was coaching the Bulls during the 1994-95 season and Michael Jordan was playing baseball.

        O'Neal, who went 11-of-21 from the field, made one of two free throws with six seconds left to give the Lakers a three-point edge. Terry Porter's 3-point try was an airball and fell into the hands of the Lakers' Robert Horry as time expired.

        Tim Duncan scored 24 points on 12-for-26 shooting and had 11 rebounds.

        Raptors 107, T-wolves 100

        TORONTO — Vince Carter had 19 points and five other Raptors reached double figures as Toronto beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 on Friday night.

        Antonio Davis added 18 points, Keon Clark had 16 and 10 rebounds and Jerome Williams added 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Raptors, who were criticized by Davis after their loss Wednesday to New York.

        Chauncey Billups had 17 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 16 for the Timberwolves, losers of two straight and three of five since winning 12 of 13.

        Kevin Garnett went 5-for-14 from the field, finishing with just 15 points for the Timberwolves, who never led. Minnesota leads the NBA in field goal percentage, but shot 43 percent against Toronto.
       Pacers 90, Hornets 81

INDIANAPOLIS — Jalen Rose scored 23 points, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Pacers made six free throws in the final minute to hold off Charlotte.

        Charlotte cut an 18-point first-half deficit to four points in the third quarter and trailed by six after a rebound basket by Jamaal Magloire with under two minutes to go.

        The Hornets had a chance to cut into that lead after Indiana failed to get the ball across the time line, but Jermaine O'Neal blocked a shot by Baron Davis. Two free throws by Jamaal Tinsley started the Pacers' parade to the foul line.

        Davis Wesley led Charlotte with 20 points and Jamaal Magloire added 19 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.
       76ers 106, Celtics 90

BOSTON — Allen Iverson set a FleetCenter scoring record with 47 points as Philadelphia reached .500 for the first time in almost two months.

        Dikembe Mutombo had 15 points and 17 rebounds and Derrick Coleman had 11 and 11 in his first game back after missing four with a foot injury. The Sixers (21-21) have beaten Boston eight consecutive times.

        Paul Pierce had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Antoine Walker had 18 points for Boston, which had won five of its previous seven games.

        The defending Eastern Conference champions won for the sixth time in seven games to reach .500 for the first time since they were 8-8 on Dec. 2.
       Pistons 107, Hawks 90

ATLANTA — Chucky Atkins scored 21 points and Corliss Williamson added 20 for Detroit, which has won four of five and five of seven.

        The Pistons hit 30 of 33 free throws, including a combined 24-of-25 effort from Atkins, Williamson and Jerry Stackhouse. Atkins hit all six of his 3-point attempts.

        The Hawks, with leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim serving the second game of a three-game suspension, have lost two straight and eight of nine. Nazr Mohammed scored 16 points after missing his first seven shots. Jason Terry finished with 15.


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