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Walker, Celtics Stay Hot At Expense of Lakers

Associated Press
Thursday, March 3, 2005; Page D05

Paul Pierce had 29 points and nine rebounds, Ricky Davis scored 29 points and Antoine Walker added 16 points and 13 rebounds in his first game in Boston since being reacquired at the trading deadline, powering the Celtics, 104-101, last night over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics have won three straight since adding Walker and six straight at home overall.

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"This is the great thing about this team, that I love," Walker said. "I don't necessarily have to score 25 points for us to win."

Just 30 minutes after settling a lawsuit filed by the woman who accused him of rape, Kobe Bryant scored 17 first-quarter points for Los Angeles. But he was scoreless in the fourth quarter -- missing a three-pointer just before the buzzer -- as the Lakers lost their fourth game in a row.

Bryant finished with 26 points, and Chucky Atkins had 29 for Los Angeles, which fell to .500 with its seventh loss in its last eight road games.

The Celtics led, 104-99, when Atkins hit a one-handed runner with 19 seconds left. Davis was fouled, but missed both free throws to give the Lakers a last chance. But Bryant missed from long range with four seconds left.

CLIPPERS 101, MAVERICKS 92: Corey Maggette scored 34 points as Los Angeles stretched its home winning streak to seven and ended Dallas's six-game road winning streak.

The Clippers got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Elton Brand and beat Dallas for the second straight time, after losing 20 of the previous 24 meetings. Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for the Mavericks.

MAGIC 114, KINGS 111: Steve Francis had 29 points and 10 assists to help host Orlando snap a three-game losing streak.

Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. He led the Kings with 28 points after missing seven games because of a hamstring injury.

Dwight Howard added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic. Mike Bibby had 26 points and 10 assists for Sacramento.

NETS 99, 76ERS 93: In Philadelphia, Vince Carter scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half and Clifford Robinson added 18 points to power New Jersey.

Allen Iverson had 37 points and Chris Webber scored 10 in his worst performance in three games for the 76ers. Philadelphia has lost three of four since acquiring him from Sacramento.

SUPERSONICS 103, CAVALIERS 86: Ray Allen scored 31 points, Vladimir Radmanovic hit five three-pointers and visiting Seattle spoiled Dan Gilbert's first game as Cleveland's owner.

Allen made three three-pointers as the SuperSonics went 10 of 17 from behind the arc. LeBron James scored 32 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost four straight games.

SPURS 92, RAPTORS 86: Manu Ginobili scored 17 points and Tony Parker added 15 to lead San Antonio at home. Tim Duncan and Robert Horry each scored 13 points to help the NBA-leading Spurs improve to 44-13 overall and 25-2 at SBC Center.

WARRIORS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 93: Derek Fisher had 23 points and nine assists to lead Golden State to its sixth road victory of the season. The Warriors opened the fourth quarter with a 16-2 run to snap a three-game slide.

Kevin Garnett had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota.

HORNETS 94, BOBCATS 85: In New Orleans, Dan Dickau scored 18 points, and P.J. Brown added 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Hornets. Emeka Okafor led Charlotte with 18 points and eight rebounds.

JAZZ 96, HAWKS 74: Mehmet Okur scored 19 points to help Utah beat struggling Atlanta in Salt Lake City for its first three-game winning streak since the opening week of the season. The Hawks have lost 10 in a row overall and 21 straight on the road.

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