Thursday, January 31, 2002

Lakers beat Magic


Seventh time in a row

By The Associated Press

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Shaquille O'Neal scores in front of Magic players Darrell Armstrong (10) and Tracy McGrady.
(AP photo)
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        ORLANDO, Fla. — Shaquille O'Neal had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Kobe Bryant had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 111-93 Wednesday night.

        The Lakers outscored Orlando 18-2 to open the final period, as the Magic missed their first nine shots. O'Neal hit a free throw with 5:37 remaining for a 93-79 lead, and Orlando never again came closer than 11 points.

        Pat Garrity and Tracy McGrady each scored 22 points to lead the Magic, who have lost seven straight to the Lakers.

        76ers 96, Timberwolves 91

        PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson scored 38 points and Derrick Coleman added 18 points and nine rebounds, leading Philadelphia over Minnesota.

        Dikembe Mutombo's putback of a miss by Eric Snow broke an 88-88 tie with 56.4 seconds left and Iverson hit a long jumper to make it 92-88 with 18.7 remaining. Iverson then iced it with a pair of free throws.

        Wally Szczerbiak had 31 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost four of five after winning 11 of 12.

        Pacers 83, Grizzlies 82

        INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Miller hit two 3-pointers in the final minute — his only field goals of the game — and Indiana used a game-ending 17-3 run to beat Memphis.

        Jalen Rose scored 25 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 13 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.

        Shane Battier had 27 points and Pau Gasol added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis.

        Pistons 88, Hawks 71

        AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jerry Stackhouse had 32 points and Ben Wallace added 10 points and a season-high 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat slumping Atlanta.

        Detroit won its fourth in a row and the 2,000th game in franchise history, becoming the sixth team to reach that milestone. The Hawks have lost five straight and 11 of 12.

        Chucky Atkins added 15 points for the Pistons and Corliss Williamson had 12. Jason Terry led Atlanta with 19, while Hawks All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim had just 10 on 4-of-14 shooting.

        Jazz 90, Bulls 78

        SALT LAKE CITY — Karl Malone scored 18 points, putting him squarely at 34,000 points in his 17-year career, as Utah beat Chicago.

        Picked for his 14th All-Star team this week, Malone came into the matchup against the Bulls needing 18 points to reach 34,000. Despite a 5-of-14 shooting night, he got it on a free throw with 1:27 to play.

        John Stockton scored 16 points and had 10 assists as Utah beat Chicago for the ninth straight time in the regular season. Eddie Robinson led the Bulls with 18 points.

       



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