Payton, Fisher magical in LA win

Posted: Monday, February 09, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. Derek Fisher stole the ball from Rod Strickland and set up Gary Payton's layup with 4.1 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-96 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic.

Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who rallied from an 18-point deficit to hand Orlando its sixth straight loss.

Payton finished with 18 points, while Fisher had 15 points and three steals. Kareem Rush added 17 after missing two games with a sprained ankle.

For Orlando, Tracy McGrady had 35 points, six rebounds and six assists in his return after a two-game absence because of back spasms.

Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 98

MINNEAPOLIS Shane Battier's second basket of the game, a 14-foot jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining, helped Memphis end Minnesota's 14-game home winning streak.

Mark Madsen missed an open layup at the buzzer, allowing the Grizzlies to hang on for their franchise-record 29th win just 50 games into the season. Minnesota lost at Target Center for the first time since Dec. 9.

Sam Cassell had 34 points and 11 assists for Minnesota, including two free throws with 13.9 seconds remaining to give the Timberwolves a 98-97 lead. Cassell earlier missed a free throw to end his streak of 71 in a row.

Kevin Garnett added 30 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting for the Grizzlies, who trailed by five with 2:08 remaining.

Pacers 97, Heat 91

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points and Reggie Miller had 15, all on 3-pointers, to help Indiana hold off Miami.

Miller, shut out from the field at Toronto on Friday, hit all five of his 3-point attempts against the Heat, the last with under two minutes to go for a 90-82 lead. Lamar Odom had 25 points for Miami.

Trail Blazers 95, SuperSonics 85

PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 25 points and 16 rebounds for his 29th double-double of the season, and Portland beat Seattle.

Damon Stoudamire added 19 points and six assists for the Blazers, who have won seven of eight. The Sonics have lost six of their last eight.

Nets 99, 76ers 87

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Kenyon Martin matched his season high with 29 points, and New Jersey gave interim coach Lawrence Frank his seventh straight victory.

Frank, who replaced the fired Byron Scott as coach of the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions, moved within two wins of tying the NBA record for the best coaching start. Kurt Rambis of the Lakers (97-98) and Buddy Jeannette of the Baltimore Bullets (1947-48) each started their careers 9-0. The Nets have won eight straight games overall, all by 10 or more points.

Jason Kidd had his 57th career triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Allen Iverson had 27 points and eight assists for Philadelphia.

Knicks 110, Clippers 104

NEW YORK Stephon Marbury scored 15 of his season-high 42 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to lead New York to its fifth straight victory.

Marbury eclipsed the season high of 40 he set earlier this season for Phoenix, shooting 15-for-20 overall and 4-for-5 from 3-point range to give New York its longest winning streak in nearly three years.

Kings 115, Nuggets 92

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 35 points for the Kings.

Stojakovic finished 7-of-11 from 3-point range, and was 11-of-21 overall from the field for the Kings, an NBA-best 23-4 at home. Mike Bibby made six 3-pointers and had a season-high 30 points.

Rookie Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, winless in their last 15 games at Arco Arena.

Raptors 84, Warriors 81, OT

OAKLAND, Calif. Morris Peterson hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in overtime for Toronto after Golden State tied an NBA record by scoring only two points in the fourth quarter.

Golden State's two-point quarter matched the NBA futility record for a period set by Dallas in the third quarter of a 1997 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The combined 20 points in the quarter set an NBA record for the fewest in a final period.



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