Jalen Rose knew he'd play well after learning he needed just 10 points to pass his biological father on the NBA's career scoring list.
Rose scored 26 points, including eight straight late in the fourth quarter yesterday, and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to three games with a 108-102 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I woke up today and somebody sent me an e-mail and told me if I score 10 points I'll pass my biological father," said Rose, whose father, Jimmy Walker, had 11,655 career points.
"That's what I used as motivation in today's game."
Rose doesn't have a relationship with Walker, a former all-star who left Jalen and his mother.
Rose scored 10 of Toronto's last 12 points and the Raptors closed out the game on a 12-3 run. The 11-year veteran injured his right hand diving for a ball in the final seconds. He couldn't get X-rays on his non-shooting hand after the game because the X-ray machine at Air Canada Center wasn't working.
Kobe Bryant had 31 points for the Lakers, who lost their second straight following a season-high three-game winning streak.
CELTICS 120, SUNS 113: In Phoenix, Antoine Walker scored 33 points in his second game back with Boston and the Celtics became the first Eastern Conference team to win in Phoenix this season with an overtime victory.
The Suns were without Steve Nash (sore hamstring) for the third straight game and Amare Stoudemire fouled out with 8 minutes 47 seconds to play in regulation.
Mike D'Antoni was ejected with 19.9 seconds to play, the first time he had been tossed as Suns' coach. The ejection came after D'Antoni got into a shouting match with Paul Pierce when the Boston star was at the foul line.
Seven technicals were called in a 2:31 span in the first quarter. A double-technical went against Pierce and Quentin Richardson, then came a quadruple technical after a pileup under the Celtics' basket involving Delonte West and Walker of Boston, and Stoudemire and Joe Johnson for Phoenix.
HEAT 112, MAGIC 103: In Orlando, Dwyane Wade scored 28 points, Eddie Jones added 24 and Miami beat the Magic for the second straight day without Shaquille O'Neal, who sat out a fourth consecutive game with a sprained knee.
Grant Hill led the Magic with 34 points, while Steve Francis added 22 points and seven assists.
Miami's two Joneses, Eddie and Damon, came up big in the fourth quarter. After Wade opened the period with two baskets, Eddie Jones scored 12 straight points on two three-pointers, two jumpers, a layup and two free throws. Damon Jones had six three-pointers and finished with 22 points.