Los Angeles riddles Bucks once again

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2004


  Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts with only a few seconds left in the game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of Tuesday Nov. 30, 2004 game Milwaukee. AP Photo/Darren Hauck

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts with only a few seconds left in the game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of Tuesday Nov. 30, 2004 game Milwaukee.

AP Photo/Darren Hauck

MILWAUKEE Brian Cook came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Kobe Bryant added 20 points despite being held without a field goal for three quarters to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Milwaukee Bucks 95-90 Tuesday night.

Cook also had a career-high 11 rebounds and Lamar Odom added 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers beat the Bucks for the second time in seven days and the eighth straight time overall.

Kings 98, Grizzlies 93

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Peja Stojakovic had 29 points, and Chris Webber added 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The loss was the Grizzlies' second straight at home and fourth straight overall, three of them coming since former coach Hubie Brown resigned unexpectedly.

Memphis pulled to 94-93 after an 8-0 run, but jumpers by Mike Bibby and Webber in the closing seconds assured the victory.

Miller led Memphis with 25 points and Pau Gasol had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Earl Watson added 19 points.

Knicks 110, Hawks 109, OT

ATLANTA Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime won it for New York.

The Hawks, leading by one point, had a foul to waste and coach Mike Woodson was yelling that message from the sideline. But Crawford launched the game-winner from the top of the circle before Atlanta's defenders could respond.

Nazr Mohammed fouled Antoine Walker with 2 seconds left, but Walker who scored a season-high 36 points missed the first free throw. Following a timeout, Walker made the second free throw despite trying to intentionally miss the shot. The Knicks then inbounded and ran out the clock.

Raptors 94, Heat 92

MIAMI Jalen Rose scored 24 points, including the decisive free throws with 15.6 seconds left, to help the Toronto Raptors snap a six-game road losing streak.

Shaquille O'Neal led Miami with a season-high 34 points, shooting 12-for-15 from the field and 10-of-13 from the foul line. He entered the game a 43-percent foul shooter.

Nets 99, Bobcats 86

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Eric Williams had a season-high 22 to help the New Jersey Nets end a nine-game losing streak.

The Nets, playing their first home game following an 0-4 Western trip, had four players in double figures. Alonzo Mourning scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, and Jason Collins scored 10.

Spurs 107, Mavericks 89

DALLAS Devin Brown sparked a fourth-quarter spurt with two three-point plays and two dunks, helping the San Antonio Spurs spoil the pseudo-coaching debut of Avery Johnson.

Johnson, the hand-picked successor of Dallas coach Don Nelson, ran the game as if the job was already his. Nelson was there, too, but offered only suggestions. This was the first of about six such training sessions Nelson has planned.

Pistons 93, Rockets 72

HOUSTON Antonio McDyess had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Richard Hamilton also scored 19, helping the Detroit Pistons snap a five-game road losing streak.

McDyess scored the Pistons' first 12 points in the opening 4 1/2 minutes as Detroit jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, sending the Rockets to their fourth consecutive loss and sixth in the past eight games.

Suns 115, Jazz 102

SALT LAKE CITY Steve Nash had 20 points and 14 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to their eighth straight win.

Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points, Shawn Marion scored 21 and both pulled down nine rebounds for the Suns, who were too fast for Utah and outscored the Jazz 33-22 in the fourth quarter. Quentin Richardson scored 18 and Joe Johnson added 15 as all five Suns starters scored in double figures.

Trail Blazers 100, SuperSonics 94

PORTLAND, Ore. Zach Randolph had 19 points, including a key jumper with 17.2 seconds left, and Portland snapped a four-game winning streak for the Sonics (13-3), who were off to their best start since they opened the 1993-94 season 16-1.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Blazers with 25 points, while Darius Miles came off the bench to score 20. The Sonics, who have lost five straight visits to the Rose Garden, were led by Rashard Lewis with 29 points.

The Blazers stretched their lead to 87-81 on Abdur-Rahim's layup and a pair of free throws. But Lewis answered with a 3-pointer with 4:50 left to close the gap.

Still, the Blazers tenaciously held on to the lead, going up 96-91 on Randolph's free throw. Seattle's Vladimir Radmanovic hit a 3-pointer to make it 96-94 before Randolph's 18-footer, and Abdur-Rahim sealed it with a pair of free throws.

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