Mavericks take Lakers to the wire

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Lakers 108, Mavericks 106

Lakers 108, Mavericks 106

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant made two foul shots with 8.6 seconds remaining as the Lakers edged Dallas for their 19th straight victory over the Mavericks.

The Lakers, who also have beaten the Mavericks 19 straight times at home, never trailed, but with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley leading the way, the upstart Mavericks took them down to the wire.

Finley tried a 3-point shot from the top of the key in the final seconds that would have given Dallas the victory, but he missed, and Bryant got the rebound as time ran out.

Shaquille O'Neal had 35 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Bryant scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers, whose 24-5 record is the NBA's best.


Jazz 92, Suns 91

In Salt Lake City, Karl Malone scored 28 points and Bryon Russell added 14 as the Jazz overcame another triple-double by Jason Kidd.

Kidd recorded his fourth triple-double in seven games and gave the Suns an opportunity to win, making their last three field goals. But his 17-foot jumper with four seconds left rattled out and Malone grabbed the rebound to secure Utah's win.

Kidd finished with 16 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds in the Suns' third loss in four games. Rex Chapman led all scorers with 29 points.


76ers 100, Grizzlies 93

In Vancouver, British Colombia, Allen Iverson kept shooting until the shots started falling, scoring nine of his 29 points in the final five minutes.

After going 2-for-9 through the first 17 minutes of the second half, Iverson scored three straight baskets to spark a game-ending 16-8 run.

Matt Geiger shot 9-for-15 for a season-high 20 points as the 76ers (16-14) won their second straight and moved two games over .500 for the first time this season.


Spurs 105, Warriors 83

In Oakland, California, P.J. Carlesimo was gone, but there was no immediate change of fortune for the Golden State Warriors on the basektball court.

David Robinson scored 28 points and Tim Duncan had 16, helping to make a loser of Garry St. Jean in his Golden State coaching debut.

St. Jean, the team's general manager and a former head coach for Sacramento, took over for Carlesimo earlier in the day.

Terry Porter added 14 points and Mario Elie had 10 for the Spurs, who snapped a three-game road losing streak while sending the Warriors to their fourth straight loss.


Timberwolves 107, Magic 105

In Florida, Malik Sealy's desperation putback at the buzzer gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a 107-105 victory over Orlando on Monday night, ending the Magic's five-game winning streak.

Following a miss by Kevin Garnett, Sealy emerged with the ball after a wild scramble and beat the buzzer to give his team its fifth consecutive victory.

Garnett finished with a team-high 26 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, while Terrell Brandon added 18 points and a season-high 16 assists. Forward Joe Smith also added 18 off the bench.


Pacers 103, Bulls 91

In Chicago, Dale Davis led five Pacers in double figures with 21 points, Jalen Rose had 20, Rik Smits 15 and Travis Best scored his all 12 of his points in the second quarter.

It was the 11th victory in 13 games for the Pacers, and their first road win in three tries.

The loss spoiled B.J. Armstrong's best outing in two years. Armstrong, who missed the early part of the season after knee surgery, scored 21 points. Rookies Ron Artest and Elton Brand led the Bulls with 22 each. Brand also had 13 rebounds.


Hornets 108, Hawks 104

In Charlotte, North Carolina, The inside-outside combination of Derrick Coleman and David Wesley helped Charlotte end a three-game slide.

Coleman had 25 points and 16 rebounds as Charlotte won for the first time since Eddie Jones, the Hornets' leading scorer and top defender, was sidelined four games ago with an elbow injury.

Wesley powered a first-quarter run that put Charlotte ahead to stay. He finished with 23 points, 12 assists and three steals as the Hornets ended an eight-game losing skid against their Central Division rivals dating to April 1997.