Lakers pummel Grizzlies

Bryant hits 56 points

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant made certain the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers wouldn't miss suspended star Shaquille O'Neal.

Bryant, playing with O'Neal's No. 34 scrawled in black ink on the side of both shoes, scored a career-high 56 points -- most in an NBA game this season -- despite sitting out the fourth quarter as the Lakers routed Memphis 120-81.

Bryant's previous career high was 51 points at Golden State on Dec. 5, 2000, and the previous NBA best this season was 53 by San Antonio's Tim Duncan in a 126-123 overtime loss to Dallas on Dec. 26.

Bryant made 21 of 34 shots, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and 11 of 12 free throws while playing 34 minutes. He also had five rebounds and four assists.

Robert Horry had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers. Derek Fisher added 11 points and Mark Madsen had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Rookie Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Stromile Swift added 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Heat 85, Warriors 79

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eddie Jones scored 28 points and Alonzo Mourning added 15 as Miami snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Golden State in a meeting of last-place teams.

Jones shot 3-for-12 in the first half but hit a succession of late jumpers for the Heat, who took charge with a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter that turned a six-point deficit into a comfortable lead. Jones hit three 3-pointers during the run.

Jazz 106, Nuggets 97

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half and Bryon Russell added 17 in a reserve role as Utah beat Denver.

John Stockton had 14 points as the Jazz won for the eighth time in their last 10 games and extended Denver's losing streak on the road to 12 games. The Nuggets also have lost 11 straight, dating to 1995, in Salt Lake City.

Nets 99, Spurs 97

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd had his 41st career triple-double, completing it with his 10th rebound after Todd MacCulloch blocked a shot with 10 seconds left as the New Jersey Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 99-97 Monday night.

MacCulloch rejected a shot by Steve Smith, leading to a 3-on-1 break and a layup by Kerry Kittles for a 99-97 lead with 6 seconds left. Ex-Net Stephen Jackson missed a 3-pointer for the Spurs, and Malik Rose couldn't convert a short jumper after grabbing the offensive rebound.

The Nets secured their fifth straight victory -- their longest winning streak in nearly four years. They lead the Eastern Conference with a 25-11 record.

Kidd had 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season. Kerry Kittles had 22 points, MacCulloch had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Kenyon Martin scored 17 for the Nets, who outrebounded the Spurs 45-31.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 27 points.

Magic 113, Mavericks 87

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady had 26 points and eight rebounds in three quarters, leading Orlando past Dallas.

Reserve Troy Hudson scored 16 of his 21 points in the second quarter, and Horace Grant added 16 as the Magic snapped a two-game losing streak.

Juwan Howard had 26 points and eight rebounds for Dallas, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Dirk Nowitski and Steve Nash combined to shoot 3-for-18 and each scored just four points.

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