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Bryant's 46 points humble New York

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant dazzled the New York Knicks with an array of drives, jumpers and dunks, scoring 46 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-109 victory Thursday night and their first winning record of the season heading into the All-Star break.

Shaquille O'Neal added 33 as the Knicks had no answer for Los Angeles' dynamic duo. Bryant (40) and O'Neal (28) combined to outscore the Knicks in the first three quarters as the Lakers took a 97-67 lead.

Bucks 97, Sonics 91

MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, sending the SuperSonics into the All-Star break with a three-game losing streak.

Milwaukee goes into the break having won 11 of 14 games.

Allen and Michael Redd, who had 19 points, scored the first 22 points of the final quarter for the Bucks.

The Sonics kept it tight most of the game, one night after losing 114-74 at Boston.

Spurs 83, Nuggets 74

DENVER -- Tim Duncan had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Tony Parker scored 19 of his 23 points in the third quarter as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets for their fifth straight win.

San Antonio played without center David Robinson, out because of a sore knee. The Spurs then lost third-leading scorer Stephen Jackson to a sprained right ankle five minutes into the game.

The Spurs were down to nine players when Jackson's replacement, Emanuel Ginobili, went down with a sprained right ankle with 45 seconds left in the second.

The Spurs got off to a fast start and never looked back to win for the seventh time in eight games. The Spurs have won 14 of 17 overall.



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