DALLAS Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 32 points in the third quarter, helping the Los Angeles Lakers cruise past the Dallas Mavericks 114-103 Thursday for their eighth straight victory.
The last four have been especially impressive. In addition to beating the Midwest Division-leading Mavericks, the Lakers beat Eastern Conference-leading Indiana by 22 and reigning champion San Antonio twice by a total of 20 points.
The Lakers' 46th win in their last 51 games against the Mavs gave Dallas its first loss at home, ending a 10-0 start. Los Angeles and Sacramento, both 10-0, are the last teams unbeaten at home.
Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 19 rebounds, and Gary Payton had 17 points and eight assists. Karl Malone, who came an assist shy of a triple-double last time against Dallas, had 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
76ers 83, Bulls 82
PHILADELPHIA Allen Iverson scored 35 points and sank the winning jumper with 47 seconds left, lifting the Philadelphia 76ers to an 83-82 win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Iverson, who scored 85 points his previous two games, took the pass from Eric Snow and dribbled down to the baseline where he made a fadeaway with Kirk Hinrich's hand right in his face.
Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 22 points, Eddie Curry had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Hinrich had 14 points.
Hinrich and Iverson matched each one quick step for another, with the tattooed veteran often frustrating the rookie out of Kansas.
Iverson led the Sixers back from a halftime deficit with a 14-point third quarter, hitting a couple of jumpers over a flailing Hinrich. Hinrich was whistled for two fouls on Iverson, finally throwing his hands in the air and complaining to the Bulls' assistants.
Hinrich eventually settled down against Iverson in the fourth.
The Bulls wiped out the Sixers' five-point lead with 3-pointers by Hinrich and Crawford. Hinrich would sink another 3-pointer later in the quarter and finished 5-for-9 from the floor.
Hinrich had a nice dish to Curry near the basket for a layup and an 82-79 lead with 2:06 left.
Aaron McKie hit a baseline jumper, making it 82-81 before Iverson went on to win it.
Samuel Dalembert scored 13 points and Derrick Coleman, playing with a strained left knee, had 11 rebounds.
The Sixers trailed by 11 early in the third when Iverson got going.
He hit a 16-footer from the left wing, added a finger-roll layup and converted a three-point play, tying the score at 53.
The Bulls regained a three-point lead, but Curry was called for a clear-path foul on Iverson when he yanked at his right shoulder. Iverson grimaced, but sank the free throw.
Again Chicago rallied and again Iverson answered, stealing a pass and scoring a fastbreak layup for a 62-60 at the end of the third.
Notes: Chicago played without Scottie Pippen and Eddie Robinson. Pippen did not make the trip because of a sore left knee. Robinson sat out with an upper respiratory infection. ... Johnson got his first career start for the Bulls. ... Philadelphia C Marc Jackson is expected to miss up to eight weeks after having surgery on his left ring finger Thursday. Eight Sixers have missed games because of injury. G Willie Green was added to the list Thursday with a sprained right thumb. ... Hinrich's previous career high was 12 points.
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