Depleted Lakers drop opener to Spurs

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Without Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox, the three-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers simply didn't have enough firepower against the San Antonio Spurs.

Reserve Malik Rose had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced San Antonio attack Tuesday night as the Spurs opened the season with a 87-82 victory over the short-handed Lakers.

Tim Duncan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, but shot only 3-of-14.

David Robinson, playing his final season, had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, but didn't play after picking up his fourth foul with 8:02 left in the third quarter.

Speedy Claxton also had 13 points and Steve Smith added 12 for San Antonio, which won despite Tony Parker's 0-for-10 effort.

Kobe Bryant had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, but shot only 9-of-29. Slava Medvedenko added 11 points and Devean George 10 for Los Angeles, which shot just 27-of-85 (31.8 percent).

Kings 94, Cavaliers 67

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic pumped in 17 points and Chris Webber cleaned the glass for 14 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings opened a season of great expectations with a 27-point victory over Cleveland.

Gerald Wallace scored 15 points and Damon Jones had 18 in his debut for the defending Pacific Division champions, who unveiled the first banner for team success ever hung at Arco Arena. Sacramento went a league-best 61-21 last season, winning 36 home games.

Wearing their new purple road uniforms and playing without their starting backcourt of Doug Christie and Mike Bibby, the Kings had no trouble with the Cavaliers, who made 24 turnovers and shot less than 33 percent.

Ricky Davis led Cleveland with 17 points.

Magic 95, 76ers 88

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Grant Hill had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his first action since last December.

Tracy McGrady added 31 points and five assists for the Magic, who shook off a poor first quarter and played the type of defense coach Doc Rivers emphasized during the preseason.

Keith Van Horn had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Philadelphia, while Aaron McKie also had 19. Allen Iverson shot 7-of-25, missing his final eight attempts, for 18 points.



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