Bryant propels Lakers to win

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

ATLANTA Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 108-91 victory Tuesday night.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 31 points in 32 minutes and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter. The Lakers won for the third time in their last eight games away from Los Angeles.

Bryant turned the sellout crowd of 19,280 in his favor, prompting fans to chant MVP! MVP!'' as he hit four consecutive 3-pointers to turn an 11-point lead into a 99-80 margin with 4:59 remaining. He added a team-high 10 rebounds and six assists.

Glenn Robinson scored 22 points to lead the Hawks. Jason Terry handed out 16 assists.

Timberwolves 108, Heat 91

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points apiece as Minnesota won its fourth straight and moved 20 games over .500.

Szczerbiak made 10 of 13 shots and Garnett went 10-for-15 for the Timberwolves (46-26), who hadn't been this far over .500 since they were 40-20 on March 5 last season.

Garnett added eight rebounds and eight assists, ending his franchise-best streak of 19 straight double-doubles. He leads the NBA with 60 double-doubles this season.

Marc Jackson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, fighting Portland for the fourth spot and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Cavaliers 124, Warriors 103

CLEVELAND Ricky Davis scored 28 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 23 as Cleveland won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Ilgauskas grabbed 10 rebounds, and Davis added 11 assists.

Antawn Jamison led Golden State with 23 points, and Gilbert Arenas had 21. The Warriors began a five-game road trip that includes games against Boston, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Spurs 107, Bucks 94

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan scored 31 points and Speedy Claxton had 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead San Antonio over Milwaukee.

Spurs center David Robinson, who plans to retire after this season, was honored at halftime and after the game for his 13 years with the team. He scored 10 points.

Claxton came off the bench to replace starting point guard Tony Parker, who left with a sprained right wrist at the end of the first quarter. The third-year guard finished with career highs in assists and rebounds.

Wizards 95, Trail Blazers 91

PORTLAND, Ore. With former teammate Scottie Pippen watching in street clothes from the Portland bench, Michael Jordan scored 25 points as Washington held off a late rally.

The final regular-season meeting between Jordan and Pippen, who played together on the Chicago Bulls teams that won six NBA championships in the 1990s, was derailed when Pippen went on the injured list following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Wizards, fighting with Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East, snapped a three-game losing streak. The Blazers have lost four of six.

Jordan added seven assists. Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points, and Tyronn Lue had 21. Bonzi Wells led the Blazers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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