Glen Rice's three-pointer against his former teammates gave Los Angeles its first lead with 2 minutes 36 seconds left, and the Lakers defeated the visiting Charlotte Hornets, 87-83, last night for their 13th consecutive victory.
Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 34 percent shooting night to win for the 20th time in 21 games.
Charlotte led 73-60 early in the fourth quarter. But Kobe Bryant, who had made 3 of 17 shots at that point, scored consecutive baskets during a 9-0 Lakers run. Rice also hit a three-pointer during that span as the Lakers closed to 78-77 with 3:06 remaining.
Rice (17 points) then made his go-ahead three-pointer, and followed it with a steal that set up O'Neal's basket for an 82-78 lead. The Hornets had a chance to tie or take the lead after O'Neal made one of two free throws to put the Lakers ahead 85-83, but Bobby Phills stepped out of bounds while attempting a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left.
Derrick Coleman led Charlotte with 17 points. David Wesley and Phills added 17 each for the Hornets, who traded Rice to the Lakers last season for Elden Campbell and Eddie Jones.
* GRIZZLIES 101, NETS 91: Coach Lionel Hollins thinks his Vancouver Grizzlies are finally learning what it takes to win on the road.
The Grizzlies, who lost 12 of their first 13 road games, registered their second victory of the week away from home by beating New Jersey Nets. Michael Dickerson's 28 points led Vancouver.
"To win on the road, you have to play hard, play smart and play together," said Hollins, who took over as coach on Dec. 16. "I think the guys understand what it takes now."
* KNICKS 94, MAGIC 86: In Orlando, Allan Houston scored 23 points and Latrell Sprewell 19 for New York, which won its third straight and 10th in 13 games.
The Knicks improved to 9-3 since center Patrick Ewing returned to the lineup after being on the injured list for the first six weeks of the season. Ewing had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
* CELTICS 101, KINGS 93: In Boston, Kenny Anderson hit his only three-pointer with two minutes left to help the Celtics win over Sacramento.
* HAWKS 105, RAPTORS 97: Jim Jackson scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half to help host Atlanta end a season-high five-game losing streak.
* SPURS 102, SUNS 83: David Robinson had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for visiting San Antonio, which handed Phoenix its worst loss in Scott Skiles's 11 games as coach.