Vince Carter had a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds despite bruising his right hip as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Lakers, 111-102, last night for the first time in Los Angeles.
Carter was knocked down hard in the third quarter and was diagnosed with a bruised hip. After a few minutes lying on the floor, he got up and remained in the game.
Late in the period, Carter, last season's NBA rookie of the year, scored seven consecutive points to give the Raptors a lead they didn't relinquish.
Shaquille O'Neal had 37 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers to complete a four-game stretch this past week in which he scored at least 30 points a game. Glen Rice added 29 points.
Dee Brown and Doug Christie had 15 points each as the Raptors had six players in double figures. Antonio Davis and Dell Curry added 13 points each and Tracy McGrady had 12 points.
SUNS 99, SUPERSONICS 86: Jason Kidd scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, handing visiting Seattle its first loss in seven games against Western Conference opponents and ending its four-game win streak.
Kidd also had 14 assists and seven rebounds, helping the Suns keep up their recent mastery of the SuperSonics by beating them for the sixth consecutive time.
KINGS 110, ROCKETS 105: Chris Webber had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Williams added 25 points and 12 assists as host Sacramento won its sixth straight to improve to 7-1, tying the franchise mark for the best start, held by the 1952-53 Rochester Royals.
Rookie Steve Francis had 21 points and nine assists for Houston, which lost its fifth consecutive game and fell to 2-10 this season.
TIMBERWOLVES 105, GRIZZLIES 81: Kevin Garnett dominated in the lane, scoring 15 points and pulling down 14 rebounds, and rookie Wally Szczerbiak made 8 of 11 shots as Minnesota snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
PISTONS 113, BUCKS 94: Grant Hill had 31 points and seven assists and Lindsey Hunter scored 21 points to lead Detroit at home.