Lakers, Knicks each get tough victories

Posted: Monday, February 05, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant, his shooting touch off, still scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 100-94 Sunday.

Winning for the third time in five games since Shaquille O'Neal went out with a foot injury, the defending NBA champion Lakers pulled within two games of the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who have been the best in the West this season.

Bryant, hampered by a sore right shoulder that he said might keep him out of the All-Star game next weekend, was just 8-of-26 from the floor. But he made 10 of his 11 free throws.

Celtics 103, Cavaliers 82

BOSTON -- Antoine Walker scored 19 of his 36 points in the third quarter and led Boston to its sixth straight victory.

Walker, in his first game back after his grandmother's funeral, also had 11 rebounds and eight assists before leaving the game with four minutes left. Paul Pierce added 22 points for the Celtics.

The win lifted the Celtics over the Cavaliers into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with Indiana, which was idle Sunday.

The Celtics have not qualified for the playoffs since 1995.

Nets 96, 76ers 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Stephon Marbury scored 34 points and Kenyon Martin and Keith "Van Dunk" Van Horn added 20 points apiece for New Jersey, which snapped a seven-gamelong losing streak and beat a team with a winning record for the first time since Dec. 10.

The Nets outscored Philadelphia 34-17 in the fourth quarter and handed the Philadelphia 76ers only their sixth road loss of the season.

Suns 85, Hornets 82

PHOENIX -- Tom Gugliotta had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Kidd scored seven points in the last 2 1/2 minutes as Phoenix handed Charlotte its third straight loss.

Gugliotta had his best game since major knee surgery and his first double-digit rebound game since he had 14 against the Dallas Mavericks last March 4.

Knicks 103, Heat 100, OT

MIAMI -- Glen Rice scored 29 points as New York won a wild overtime game.

Rice, who originally began his career with Miami, hit 10 of 15 shots and was perfect from 3-point range (4-for-4) and from the free-throw line (5-for-5).

Miami's Eddie Jones missed a pair of free throws in the final minute of regulation, Bruce Bowen missed the first of two free throws that could have tied the game in overtime, and Eddie House missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.

Referee Joe Forte ejected singer Jimmy Buffett from his seat along the baseline in the fourth quarter for using profanity.



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