Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points and 15 rebounds today as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth straight game, 94-88, over the struggling Toronto Raptors.
Glen Rice added 22 points for the Lakers, who have won 13 of 14 and have the NBA's best record (21-5).
The Raptors have lost three straight and five of six.
The Lakers led by 19 at one point, but the Raptors went on a 14-3 run late in the fourth quarter to close within four as Vince Carter, who scored 29 points, made two free throws with 1 minute 25 seconds remaining.
But Bryant followed with a jumper in traffic to give the Lakers an 86-80 lead with just over a minute left. Bryant then fouled Carter, who again made both free throws.
Toronto's Dee Brown fouled Ron Harper, who made his two attempts to build the lead back to six points.
NETS 96, HAWKS 88: Jamie Feick scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, outplaying opposing center Dikembe Mutombo, as New Jersey won its fifth straight home game.
Feick found his offense in the form of jump shots, making seven of them as he repeatedly took advantage of Mutombo's hesitancy to defend him on the perimeter.
Keith Van Horn led New Jersey with 20 points. Isiah Rider had a team-high 20 points for the Hawks.
GRIZZLIES 85, CLIPPERS 84: Michael Dickerson scored 26 points and Coach Lionel Hollins earned his first victory as Vancouver won at home.
Hollins, a longtime assistant, was coaching his second game, and first in Vancouver, since taking over for Brian Hill, who was fired on Thursday.