Clippers are eclipsed by Lakers

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Lakers 95, Clippers 68

Lakers 95, Clippers 68

The Los Angeles Clippers set NBA records on Tuesday night by scoring only 19 points in the first half and three in the second quarter of a 95-68 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The previous record for fewest points in a half since the 24-second shot clock went into effect was 20 by the New Orleans Jazz at Seattle on January 4, 1975.

The previous lowest-scoring second quarter was five points by both Utah in 1981 and the Knicks last season.

Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and 19 rebounds while playing just 29 minutes. Kobe Bryant added 18 points and Glen Rice had 17.

Jazz 101, Wizards 80

In Washington, Karl Malone scored 11 of his 34 points in the third quarter to help Utah take command, and the Jazz stretched their winning streak to six.

Utah outscored Washington 29-14 in the third quarter and pulled away with a 14-1 run midway through the period. Malone had a strong second half, scoring 24 of his points as the Jazz turned a close game into a rout.

All five Utah starters scored in double figures.

Hawks 105, Timberwolves 94

In Atlanta, Dikembe Mutombo shot 11-for-11 and had 27 points and 29 rebounds as Atlanta beat reeling Minnesota.

Mutombo's rebound total was the highest in the NBA since Dennis Rodman grabbed 29 for Chicago against Atlanta on December 27, 1997. It was two shy of Mutombo's career-high of 31 and offset an outstanding night by Kevin Garnett.

Garnett had the sixth triple-double of the NBA season with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

Cavaliers 115, Celtics 88

In Cleveland, Bob Sura had 22 points and 10 assists and Lamond Murray added 20 points as Cleveland sent Boston to its seventh straight road loss.

With Shawn Kemp in foul trouble most of the night, Mark Bryant came off the bench and added 12 points for Cleveland. Kemp played just 16 minutes and scored 16 points.

Wesley Person added 15 points for the Cavs, who had six players in double figures and made 23 of 24 free throws. Rookie guard Andre Miller had a season-high nine assists in 21 minutes.

Raptors 105, Pacers 97

In Toronto, Vince Carter scored 24 points and Antonio Davis had 16 points and 14 rebounds against his former team as Toronto ended Indiana's six-game winning streak.

After Indiana pulled within one point with 4:55 remaining, the Raptors went on a 10-2 run as Charles Oakley, who had a season-high 15 points, had a tip-in and an assist to Tracy McGrady for an alley-oop dunk.

McGrady, in the starting lineup because of an ankle injury to Doug Christie, tied his season-high with 21 points. Oakley also had 11 rebounds as the Raptors outrebounded the Pacers 50-35.

Knicks 101, Rockets 90

In Houston, Patrick Ewing scored 20 points, including 14 in the first quarter, in his best game since coming back from an injury as the New York Knicks won their fourth straight game.

Latrell Sprewell, playing despite the flu, scored 11 of his 22 points in a tight third quarter before the Knicks pulled away in the fourth. Allan Houston also scored 20, including 10 in the third period.

Ewing, who shot a combined 3-for-19 in his first two games after missing the first 20 of the season recovering from a partially torn Achilles' tendon, shot 6-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the line.

Spurs 111, Mavericks 93

In Dallas, Tim Duncan had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs won for only the second time in their last six games.

Avery Johnson added 16 points and David Robinson had 10 points and nine rebounds for the slumping NBA champs, who are 2-4 over their last six games after a 14-3 start.

Cedric Ceballos' 27 points and 10 rebounds paced the Mavericks, losers of four of their last five games.

Suns 114, Pistons 104

In Phoenix, Scott Skiles' debut as head coach of the Phoenix Suns was a success Tuesday night behind Jason Kidd's 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Rex Chapman scored a season-high 22 for the Suns, going 4-of-7 3-pointers. Oliver Miller scored 17 and Tom Gugliotta 16 as seven Phoenix players scored in double figures.

Jerry Stackhouse scored a season-high 35 for the Pistons, who were without Grant Hill the entire fourth quarter because of a sore hip.

Skiles, at 35 the youngest coach in the NBA, took over on Monday when Danny Ainge resigned to spend more time with his family.

SuperSonics 109, Nuggets 84

In Seattle, Gary Payton scored 25 points in the first three quarters before taking a seat on the bench for the rest of the night as the SuperSonics beat Denver for the 13th straight time in Seattle.

Nuggets star Antonio McDyess played only the first four minutes of the second half before being taken out with back spasms. He did not return and finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The game was more or less over in the first 2:56 of the second half when the Sonics came out and scored 14 unanswered points.

Warriors 102, Heat 97

In Oakland, California, Chris Mills scored 23 points and John Starks had 21 as the Warriors won their third straight after an 11-game losing streak.

Jason Caffey and Terry Cummings scored 15 points apiece and Mookie Blaylock added 14 for Golden State, which also ended a four-game losing streak to the Heat.

Alonzo Mourning had 26 points to lead Miami, which entered the game with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Voshon Lenard added 18 points, PJ Brown had 16 and Jamal Mashburn 15 for Miami, which wound up its season-long six-game road trip with a 3-3 mark.

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