Bryant stays hot as Lakers win

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant continued his torrid scoring run with 40 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 93-87 Wednesday despite playing without Shaquille O'Neal for the second straight night.

Bryant has scored 40 or more in seven straight games and has at least 35 in his last 11. He scored 11 of the Lakers' final 17 points and got his 40th on a free throw with 8.2 seconds left after the Jazz had no choice but to foul him.

The sellout crowd of 19,911 booed Bryant throughout the night, but was chanting ''KO-BE! KO-BE!'' by the end as he extended the streak by going 1-for-2 on each of his last two trips to the line. Bryant finished 15-for-29 from the floor and 4-of-6 on 3-pointers.

76ers 110, Bulls 82

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia 76ers turned a tight game into a laugher, outscoring the Chicago Bulls 36-8 in the third quarter.

The Bulls made just three field goals in the third quarter and went scoreless for the last 5:17 of the period. They threatened the franchise low for points in a quarter, missing it by two.

Rockets 107, Suns 89

PHOENIX -- Glen Rice had 23 points, Cuttino Mobley scored 22 and Yao Ming outdueled Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire, his primary competition for Rookie of the Year.

Eddie Griffin contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Rockets to a 57-32 rebounding advantage.

Hornets 87, Wizards 75

NEW ORLEANS -- Jamal Mashburn scored 24 points and Jamaal Magloire had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Mashburn hit a 3-pointer and a pair of runners as New Orleans scored on eight of nine possessions down the stretch to break open what had been a tight game.

Pistons 89, Raptors 84

TORONTO -- Chauncey Billups scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds left, as the Eastern Conference-leading Detroit Pistons won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Vince Carter scored 16 points -- only two in the second half -- in his first game since declaring that the Raptors can still make the playoffs. The loss dropped Toronto's record to 16-36.

Trail Blazers 125, Warriors 98

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bonzi Wells scored 29 points, 26 in the first half alone, as the Trail Blazers cruised past Golden State.

Portland bounded to a 76-49 halftime lead, the most first-half points scored in the NBA this season, en route to its third consecutive win. The Blazers led by as many as 33 points, and their final point total was a season high.

SuperSonics 103, Knicks 94

SEATTLE -- Gary Payton scored 31 points and Rashard Lewis had 26 as the Seattle SuperSonics ended a six-game losing streak.

Payton, the nine-time All-Star whose name has been prominent in trade rumors, helped Seattle end a five-game losing skid against New York.

Clippers 110, Bucks 104

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Maggette led six Clippers in double figures with 23 points and Los Angeles defeated Milwaukee, giving the Bucks their first three-game losing streak in 2 1/2 months.

Elton Brand added 20 points and Andre Miller had 11 assists for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game losing skid. They had lost six of their previous seven and nine of 11.

Timberwolves 85, Nuggets 77

DENVER -- Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 14 rebounds and Wally Szczerbiak added a season-high 24 points as Minnesota completed a four-game season sweep of the Nuggets.

Garnett was 4-for-4 from the line and hit a key jump shot in the fourth quarter in getting his 44th double-double of the year.

Szczerbiak is averaging 18 points in his last 11 games, and the Timberwolves are 16-5 since his return from an injury.

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