Hurting Los Angeles goes down in Indiana

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Pacers without Jermaine O'Neal were better than the Los Angeles Lakers minus Shaquille O'Neal.

Ron Artest had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Al Harrington added 16 points to lead the Pacers to an 85-72 win over the Lakers on Monday night.

Shaquille O'Neal was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA earlier Monday, one day after using obscene language and publicly criticizing officials during a television interview following the Lakers' win over Toronto.

Clippers 101, Hawks 95

ATLANTA Elton Brand scored 22 points, including three straight baskets in a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers denied Atlanta its first winning streak of the season.

The Hawks have yet to win two in a row, falling to 0-15 coming off a victory.

Marko Jaric added 20 points for Los Angeles, while Chris Wilcox came off the bench to contribute 18 points.

Pistons 102, Heat 100, OT

MIAMI Richard Hamilton sank a tie-breaking 14-footer with 14 seconds left in overtime, and Detroit earned its fourth consecutive down-to-the-wire win.

The Pistons have won four games in a row by a total of eight points, including two overtime victories.

Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 24 points for Detroit. Chauncey Billups added 23.

Nets 91, Hornets 70

NEW ORLEANS Jason Kidd had 14 points and 12 assists, leading a fast-break offense that pushed the New Jersey Nets to their fifth straight win.

Kerry Kittles scored 12 of his 16 points in third quarter as the Nets blew the game open after a sluggish first half. Kenyon Martin had 13 points on six dunks and grabbed 12 rebounds as New Jersey sent New Orleans to its third loss in a row.

Grizzlies 106, Warriors 101

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Pau Gasol and Lorenzen Wright scored 18 points each, and Gasol keyed a fourth-quarter comeback as Memphis beat Golden State.

The win snapped Memphis' three-game losing streak and prevented the Warriors from tying their season high of four straight victories.

Spurs 83, Jazz 65

SALT LAKE CITY Tim Duncan had 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead San Antonio to its 16th straight win over Utah.

The Spurs, who beat the Jazz for the second time in three nights, haven't lost to Utah in four years and the streak hardly appeared in jeopardy this time.

Suns 99, Rockets 79

PHOENIX Shawn Marion scored 14 of his 31 points in the third period and Joe Johnson had with 27 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, helping Phoenix break a three-game losing streak.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Rockets, who were without leading scorer and All-Star guard Steve Francis. Francis, who is averaging 16.6 points per game, was suspended for one game without pay for missing the team's flight to Phoenix on Sunday night.

Nuggets 116, Trail Blazers 97

DENVER Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 39 points on 14-of-22 shooting, and Denver ended Portland's four-game winning streak.

The Nuggets pulled away in the second half with runs of 15-6 and 17-5.

Nene added 20 points and Voshon Lenard 13 as Denver posted its third straight win.

SuperSonics 109, Bulls 97

SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 11 of his 27 points in the third quarter and Antonio Daniels added 10 points and 12 assists, as Seattle handed Chicago its 11th loss in 12 games.

It was tied at 54 at halftime, but Allen put the Sonics ahead with a 3-pointer and an off-balance jumper. Rashard Lewis added a 3-pointer and Seattle opened the second half with a 12-2 burst that swung the game.

The Sonics snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Bulls dropped to 1-20 against Western Conference teams.

Jamal Crawford, who grew up in Seattle, led the Bulls with 31 points, while Eddy Curry had 25 and Eddie Robinson 14.

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