Free throws boost Lakers

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

NEW YORK Karl Malone was one of three Lakers to make more free throws than the Knicks attempted, helping Los Angeles end its three-game road losing streak with a 104-83 victory over New York on Wednesday night.

The Lakers had a whopping 47-6 edge in free throw attempts in a game that featured 53 fouls 34 on the Knicks.

Malone had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and Kobe Bryant added 21 as the Lakers won with ease against a Knicks team that was short-handed to begin with Keith Van Horn sat out with a sprained ankle and was further depleted by the referees' frequent whistles.

Hornets 81, Celtics 73

BOSTON Baron Davis scored 17 points, and P.J. Brown added 12 points and 16 rebounds as New Orleans beat Boston for its fourth straight victory.

Walter McCarty's layup drew the Celtics to 74-71 with 1:14 remaining, but George Lynch sealed the game with a three-point play when David Wesley passed through three defenders and hit a cutting Lynch under the basket.

Jamaal Magloire had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who outrebounded the Celtics 50-31.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points for the Celtics. Boston was held to a season-low 73 points and has dropped six of nine.

Wizards 106, Cavaliers 95

WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points, Etan Thomas worked hard for a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington kept LeBron James and Cleveland winless on the road.

James scored a career-high 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting with eight assists and seven rebounds, but Thomas was the biggest force in the game. He came off the bench to cap an eventful evening that started when he got rear-ended in a car accident on the way to the arena.

Larry Hughes added 22 points for the Wizards, and Kwame Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a rare quality game from the Washington frontcourt.

76ers 81, Raptors 75

TORONTO Marc Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, Aaron McKie added 21 and Philadelphia beat Toronto despite playing without Allen Iverson and two other starters.

Eric Snow had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kenny Thomas added 13 rebounds and 12 points for the 76ers.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, missed his first game in more than a year with a swollen right knee, ending a streak of 110 consecutive games played.

Glenn Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Derrick Coleman (strained left knee) also stayed in Philadelphia.

Pacers 91, Clippers 78

INDIANAPOLIS Al Harrington scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading Indiana over Los Angeles.

Jeff Foster added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to an NBA-best 9-2.

Keyon Dooling led the Clippers with 18 points and five assists.

The Pacers started the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run to put away the Clippers, who shot 1-for-12 during the stretch.

Harrington started in place of All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal, who missed the game with tendinitis in his right knee.

Rockets 85, Warriors 83

HOUSTON Yao Ming scored 23 points and supplied almost all of Houston's offense in the fourth quarter to lead the Rockets over Golden State.

Yao had 15 of the Rockets' 21 points in the final period. The Warriors lost their fourth in a row.

Steve Francis scored 23 points for Houston. Maurice Taylor returned from a six-game suspension and scored seven points in 15 minutes.

Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 23 points for the Warriors. Erick Dampier had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but missed two free throws that would have given Golden State the lead with 18.5 seconds to play.

Kings 118, Jazz 110

SALT LAKE CITY Peja Stojakovic scored 30 points and Sacramento handed Utah its first home loss of the season.

Mike Bibby finished with 18 points and Brad Miller had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento, which won its seventh straight regular-season game at Utah.

The Kings shot 23-for-37 (62 percent) from the floor in the first half and never trailed in winning for the fourth time in five games.

Nuggets 94, Bucks 86

DENVER Andre Miller hit a basket in the lane with 2:33 left, capping an 8-0 run that carried Denver past Milwaukee.

Miller finished with 17 points and eight assists. Francisco Elson added 15 points and Voshon Lenard 14. Rookie Carmelo Anthony had 13 points and 11 rebounds after going scoreless in the first half.

Tim Thomas scored 25 points and Michael Redd 24 for the Bucks.

Pistons 99, Grizzlies 92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 33 points, including 14 during a key third-quarter rally to lead Detroit over Memphis.

Billups, who had 25 points in the second half, not only sparked Detroit's big run but also thwarted Memphis' comeback attempts with clutch baskets in the final quarter.

The Pistons won their third straight and ended Memphis' three-game winning streak, which included victories over the Lakers and Mavericks.

Detroit opened the second half with a 19-3 run, including 15 straight points, to erase the Grizzlies' lead.

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