Thursday, March 6, 2003
Lakers' Horry beats buzzer
The Associated Press
In an ending that so many Lakers opponents have seen so many times before, Robert Horry knocked down a jumper as the final buzzer sounded. Horry's buzzer-beating 20-footer gave Los Angeles a 97-95 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night as Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points.
After Fisher tied it at 95 with 31 seconds remaining, Bryant appeared to put the Lakers up when he hit a running 30-footer with 2.8 seconds left. But the basket was waved off because Ron Artest had been called for a foul before Bryant got the shot off.
After a timeout, the Lakers inbounded the ball, then Horry - as he did in the Lakers' dramatic playoff victory over Sacramento last year - was in the right place at the right time, as a pass into Shaquille O'Neal was deflected right to him.
"I'm just very, very blessed. I had good looks on our last three possessions before that," Horry said. "I'd missed two 3s and turned it over, so I was pretty mad at myself. I just let everything go and focused."
In other games, Sacramento outlasted Minnesota 96-95 in overtime, Phoenix defeated Portland 98-92, Utah downed Seattle 94-83, Washington beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-80, Orlando topped Milwaukee 111-99, Memphis downed Denver 96-86, Boston defeated New York 97-95, Houston edged Toronto 97-95, and Atlanta defeated Cleveland 111-105.
The Staples Center crowd of 18,997 gave Bryant a standing ovation when he scored his 14th point of the game. At 24 years, 193 days, he supplanted Bob McAdoo as the youngest player to reach that milestone.
"I really can't grasp what it means right now. I had no idea the crowd was going to stand up the way they did. It was a little embarrassing, but it was a good feeling," said Bryant, who finished with 20 points.
Kings 96, Timberwolves 95, OT
At Sacramento, Calif., Chris Webber had 25 points and 11 rebounds and put the Kings ahead for good in overtime.
Webber made a jump hook in the lane over Kevin Garnett, putting the Kings ahead 89-87. Following a shot clock violation by Minnesota, Webber backed Garnett down again and made a similar shot on the left side for a 91-87 lead with 1:24 remaining.
With Webber closely defending Garnett, Troy Hudson missed a long 3-pointer that would have given the Timberwolves a one-point lead. Peja Stojakovic gathered the rebound and made two free throws for a 96-92 lead with 1.7 seconds left before Hudson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Garnett scored 27 points and tied his career high with 24 rebounds.
Suns 98, Trail Blazers 92
At Phoenix, Stephon Marbury scored 33 points - his second 30-plus effort in as many nights.
Marbury, coming off a 35-point, 48-minute performance in the Suns' 104-97 victory at San Antonio, topped 30 points for the ninth time in 14 games. He was 12-for-22 shooting and 6-for-6 from the foul line in 46 minutes as the Suns snapped Portland's four-game winning streak.
Jazz 94, SuperSonics 83
At Salt Lake City, Karl Malone scored 23 points to lead Utah in scoring for the ninth straight game as the Jazz snapped the SuperSonics' five-game winning streak.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 11 of his 19 points in the third quarter and pulled down 11 rebounds in his second straight start for Matt Harpring (sprained ankle).
Wizards 99, Clippers 80
At Washington, Michael Jordan played just 25 minutes one night after a bout of back spasms, and the Wizards had all five starters in double figures.
Moving gingerly and grimacing at times, Jordan finished with 10 points on 4-for-14 shooting with nine rebounds. He sat for good with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter with the Wizards leading 68-49.
Magic 111, Bucks 99
At Orlando, Fla., Tracy McGrady scored 48 points as the Magic won for the seventh time in eight games.
McGrady shot 17-for-34 for his eighth 40-point game of the season. Drew Gooden added a career-high 26 points as Orlando (32-30) climbed two games over .500 for the first time since Jan. 22.
Grizzlies 96, Nuggets 86
At Memphis, Tenn., Stromile Swift scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies sent the Nuggets to their 14th consecutive loss.
The Nuggets are in the midst of the franchise's longest losing streak since a 16-game skid in 1998.
Celtics 97, Knicks 95
At Boston, Antoine Walker scored 34 points and Tony Battie blocked the potential tying shot in the final seconds as Boston beat the Knicks for the eighth consecutive time.
Rockets 97, Raptors 95
At Toronto, Yao Ming scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as Houston ended a four-game losing skid. Yao also grabbed nine rebounds before a crowd filled with fans from Toronto's Chinese community.
Hawks 111, Cavaliers 105
At Cleveland, Jason Terry scored 24 points with a career-high 14 assists. Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Glenn Robinson added 23 points apiece. The Cavs lost their fourth straight to drop to an NBA-worst 11-50. It's the club's fourth straight 50-loss season.
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