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Indiana can't keep pace with Lakers

Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003

LOS ANGELES Shaquille O'Neal scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Lakers overpowered the Indiana Pacers 99-77 Sunday night in a matchup of the teams with the NBA's best records.

The Lakers (14-3) forced 23 turnovers and limited the Pacers (14-3) to 39.1 percent shooting.

The victory was the sixth straight and ninth in 10 games for the Lakers and extended their regular-season home winning streak to a Los Angeles franchise-record 25, including 10 this season. The previous record of 24 was set 15 years ago.

The loss snapped the Pacers' eight-game winning streak and was their first setback in eight road games.

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher added 12 points each and Karl Malone had 11 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes for the Lakers.

Al Harrington led Indiana with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal added 14 points for the Pacers.

Ron Artest was held to six points and five rebounds.

Kings 105, Nets 92

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 25 points in Sacramento's 105-92 victory over New Jersey on Sunday night, the Kings' eighth straight victory and 17th in a row at home.

The Kings, 10-0 this season at Arco Arena, also won their 24th straight home game against Eastern Conference teams.

Brad Miller added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, Vlade Divac had 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, Mike Bibby scored 14 points, and Doug Christie had 12.

Rodney Rogers led New Jersey with 23 points, Kenyon Martin had 18, and Jason Kidd added 13 points and 10 assists.

New Jersey, down 60-28 at halftime, cut the lead to 12 points several times in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer in losing its second straight game.



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