Sprewell restrains Bryant in T-Wolves triumph

Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS Latrell Sprewell scored 30 points while keeping Kobe Bryant in check, and the Minnesota Timberwolves sent the struggling and injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-90 loss Tuesday night.

Shaquille O'Neal sat out his second straight game with a strained right calf, and the Lakers have been missing Karl Malone for more than two weeks because of a sprained right knee.

They were sorely missed. Los Angeles lost for the seventh time in 10 games, and Bryant had only six of his 20 points in the second half.

Minnesota's two other stars gave Sprewell plenty of support. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and Sam Cassell scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half.

Cavaliers 107, Knicks 96

CLEVELAND Stephon Marbury didn't do much for the new-look Knicks after being cleared to play just 30 minutes before tipoff, and LeBron James' 10 assists and Zydrunas Ilgauskas' 24 points led the Cavaliers over New York.

Marbury, traded from Phoenix to New York along with Penny Hardaway a day earlier, had eight points and eight assists in the Knicks' third straight loss.

James had 14 points on a poor shooting night, but his assists tied his career high. Eric Williams hit baskets at several key points and finished with 22.

For much of the game, New York resembled a team that hadn't practiced together. Hardaway shot just 3-for-9 for six points. Keith Van Horn led New York with 20 points and Allan Houston had 18.

Nets 92, Clippers 75

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Jason Kidd had his second straight 30-plus point game and Nets held Los Angeles to a season-low 28 first-half points.

Kenyon Martin and Corey Maggette were ejected after exchanging punches in the third quarter, and both face automatic suspensions.

The players fought after Martin committed a hard foul on Maggette on a drive to the basket. Maggette shoved Martin to the court, and Martin got up and went after Maggette.

Pacers 114, Magic 107

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help Indiana overcome a 43-point performance by Tracy McGrady.

McGrady made eight 3-pointers and shot 14-of-27, but he didn't have the support O'Neal had for Indiana. O'Neal was one of six Pacers in double figures as they won their sixth in a row.

The 114 points were a season high for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers, who also got a little payback for an embarrassing home loss to the Magic on Dec. 17, 2003.

Spurs 94, Wizards 72

SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Spurs outshot an opponent from the free throw line for the first time in 13 games and got 16 points apiece from Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

The win was the Spurs' 15th in the past 16 games, while the Wizards lost for the 13th time in their past 16.

San Antonio went 12-for-15 on foul shots, its best percentage at the line since early November. The Wizards were 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the line.

Kings 105, Hawks 89

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 28 points and Brad Miller had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' fourth straight victory.

Mike Bibby had 19 points and six assists for the Kings, who improved the NBA's best record to 24-8 with their 26th consecutive home win over Eastern Conference teams. Sacramento increased its Pacific Division lead over the Lakers to a season-high 2 1/2.

Doug Christie had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Kings struggled to put away the Hawks despite a superior statistical game.

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