Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Shaq back in action

Lakers nudge Nets in overtime, 113-110

February 14, 2001


— With Kobe Bryant and Stephon Marbury going head-to-head again like they did in the All Star game, the return of Shaquille O'Neal turned out to be a very good sideshow.

Bryant's three-point play with 4.8 seconds left in overtime outdid Marbury's career-high 50 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets 113-110 Tuesday night.

Bryant's heroics came just two days after Marbury buried two big three-pointers in the final minute to lead the East over the West in the NBA All Star game.

"I told (Nets coach) Byron (Scott) that there was no way I was going to miss the game-winning shot two games in a row," Bryant said after his 38-point performance gave the Lakers their fourth straight win.

Marbury, who hit 17 of 29 shots and tied his season high with 12 assists, had a chance to tie the game, but his 33-foot shot from straight on bounced off the front of the rim, ending the Nets' season-high three-game winning streak.

When asked if there was anything else he might have done, Marbury had a quick answer.

"I could have made that final three-pointer," he said. "I wish."

Playing for the first time since a foot injury in late January, O'Neal played 43 minutes and had 32 points, 14 rebounds and one crucial block on Marbury in overtime.

"He played pretty well," Bryant said of O'Neal. "His timing was a little off. That block at the end was big, but that's what he does for us."

Trailing 110-107 with 1:21 to play in overtime, the Lakers found an unconventional way to tie the game. After O'Neal hit one of two free throws, he blocked a drive by Marbury.

Hornets 77, Pacers 66

Indianapolis Jamal Mashburn had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Charlotte over Indiana. Both teams shot poorly from the field, connecting on just 34 percent of their attempts. But the Hornets outrebounded Indiana 59-41, with P.J. Brown grabbing 13 rebounds. Al Harrington led Indiana with 12 points and Reggie Miller had 11.

Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105

Cleveland Vince Carter scored 33 points but was sitting down when Toronto opened a big lead in the second quarter as the Raptors rolled over Cleveland, which lost its seventh straight game.

Heat 101, Clippers 99, OT

Miami Anthony Mason's spinning 5-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left in overtime lifted Miami over Los Angeles. Mason, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, took a pass from Tim Hardaway and wiggled past Cherokee Parks for the game-winning basket.

76ers 107, Bucks 104

Milwaukee Allen Iverson scored 49 points and Philadelphia staged a furious comeback to beat Milwaukee in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

Kings 97, Jazz 94, OT

Salt Lake City Bobby Jackson scored 17 points and made a late steal as Sacramento overcame an injury to Chris Webber to beat Utah. Webber, who scored 34 points, was carried off with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation after collapsing with a sprained left ankle while driving the baseline. He was expected to be re-evaluated this morning.

Suns 93, Warriors 83

Oakland, Calif. Shawn Marion had a career-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jason Kidd had 14 points and 10 assists as Phoenix beat Golden State.

Rockets 99, Wizards 89

Houston Steve Francis had 29 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 15 points and a season-high 20 rebounds as Houston beat Washington. Shandon Anderson added 17 points.

Spurs 104, Mavericks 92

San Antonio Tim Duncan scored 28 points and reserve Antonio Daniels had 18 as San Antonio beat Dallas. Danny Ferry made four of the Spurs' nine three-pointers and Avery Johnson tied his season-high of 14 points in his first game in two months for San Antonio.

Bulls 96, Hawks 92

Chicago After one month, nine days and 16 losses, Chicago's franchise-record losing streak is over. Marcus Fizer and Ron Mercer scored 19 apiece as the Bulls blew a 17-point lead before rallying for a victory over Atlanta. It was Chicago's first victory since Jan. 4 a stretch of 16 games that spanned two presidencies. In the final minute, knowing a victory was finally close, the Bulls celebrated every made shot and every foul they took.

Nuggets 96, Knicks 77

Denver Nick Van Exel had 24 points and 12 assists as Denver defeated New York. Antonio McDyess added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Raef LaFrentz scored 21 for the Nuggets, who had lost six of seven overall but improved to 21-6 at home. Allan Houston had 15 points to lead four New York players in double figures. Larry Johnson had 14 and Latrell Sprewell had 10 on 3-for-14 shooting.

Blazers 109, Wolves 88

Portland, Ore. Rasheed Wallace won his matchup with fellow All-Star Kevin Garnett, scoring 18 points as Portland stopped Minnesot's 11-game winning streak. Garnett had 20 points and 14 rebounds but committed five of the Timberwolves' season-high 25 turnovers.

Grizzlies 99, Celtics 98

Vancouver, British Columbia Mike Bibby scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, helpingk Vancouver rally to beat Boston. The Celtics led 95-90 with 2:22 left but didn't score again until Chris Carr's three-pointer at the buzzer. Bryant Reeves was also a factor for Vancouver with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

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