Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker, wearing his old number 8 for the first time back in Boston, loses control of the ball while being double-teamed by Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, and center Chris Mihm, left, during the first quarter in Boston, Wednesday, March 2, 2005.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa
BOSTON Kobe Bryant's problems have moved back to the basketball court.
Just 30 minutes after settling a lawsuit filed by the woman who accused him of rape, Bryant scored 17 first-quarter points against Boston. But he was scoreless in the fourth quarter missing a 3-pointer just before the buzzer as the Celtics beat Los Angeles 104-101 to send the Lakers to their fourth consecutive loss.
Paul Pierce had 29 points and nine rebounds, Ricky Davis scored 29 points and Antoine Walker had 16 with 13 rebounds in his first game in Boston since being reacquired at the trading deadline. The rejuvenated Celtics have won three straight since then and six straight at home overall.
Bryant finished with 26 points, and Chucky Atkins had 29, scoring 14 in the final 5:26 to keep the Lakers in the game. The defending Western Conference champions dropped to .500 with their seventh loss in their last eight road games.
Nets 99, 76ers 93
PHILADELPHIA Vince Carter scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half, and Clifford Robinson added 18 points for New Jersey.
Allen Iverson scored 37 points for Philadelphia, and Chris Webber had only 10 in his worst performance in three games for the 76ers. Philadelphia has lost three of four since acquiring Webber from Sacramento last week.
The Nets have won three straight to close within 1 1/2 games of second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
SuperSonics 103, Cavaliers 86
CLEVELAND Ray Allen scored 31 points, Vladimir Radmanovic hit five 3-pointers and Seattle spoiled Dan Gilbert's first game as the Cavaliers' owner.
Allen made three 3s and the surprising Sonics, one of the NBA's best outside shooting teams, went 10-of-17 from behind the arc to win their 40th game this season and improve to 5-1 4-1 on the road since the All-Star break.
Rashard Lewis added 20 points for the Sonics. LeBron James scored 32 points, matching a career high with five 3-pointers for Cleveland.
Wizards 101, Rockets 98
WASHINGTON Larry Hughes made an emphatic and timely return, scoring 31 points in his first game for Washington since breaking his thumb.
Hughes made 11 of 20 shots and had six rebounds and four assists, and backcourt partner Gilbert Arenas had 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Wizards, who had lost two straight and five of six.
Tracy McGrady scored 26 points for Houston.
Spurs 92, Raptors 86
SAN ANTONIO Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, and Tony Parker added 15 to help the NBA-leading Spurs improve to 44-13 overall and 25-2 at the SBC Center.
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 16 points.
Clippers 101, Mavericks 92
LOS ANGELES Corey Maggette scored 34 points to help Los Angeles win its seventh straight home game and end Dallas' road winning streak at six games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for the Mavericks.
Hornets 94, Bobcats 85
NEW ORLEANS Dan Dickau scored 18 points, Lee Nailon added 14 and P.J. Brown had 12 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.
Brown and Nailon were the only players on the floor who played for the Hornets during their last season in Charlotte. Emeka Okafor led the Bobcats with 18 points.
Warriors 99, Timberwolves 93
MINNEAPOLIS Derek Fisher had 23 points and nine assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to just their sixth road victory of the season, a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Warriors trailed by as many 11 points in the third quarter, but opened the fourth with a 16-2 run to snap a three-game losing streak.
Jazz 96, Hawks 74
SALT LAKE CITY Mehmet Okur scored 19 points to help Utah beat Atlanta for its first three-game winning streak since the opening week of the season.
Josh Childress led Atlanta with 21 points. The Hawks, playing the final game of a seven-game road trip, have lost 10 in a row overall and 21 straight on the road.
Magic 114, Kings 111
ORLANDO, Fla. Steve Francis had 29 points and 10 assists to help Orlando snap a three-game losing streak.
Dwight Howard added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, Grant Hill had 20 points, and rookie Jameer Nelson had 19 points and six assists.
Peja Stojakovic led Sacramento with 28 points in his first game after missing seven games because of a hamstring injury. Mike Bibby added 26 points and 10 assists.
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