Kobe Bryant scored 31 points as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to 14 games last night, overcoming a 19-point deficit to beat the SuperSonics, 110-100, in Seattle.
The Lakers, down 68-49 in the first minute of the third quarter, outscored the SuperSonics 34-10 during the rest of the quarter to take an 83-78 lead into the fourth quarter. Glen Rice had 15 points to lead the rally.
Los Angeles continued the surge by outscoring Seattle 21-5 to start the fourth period and took a 104-83 lead on Rice's three-pointer for a 104-83 lead with four minutes left.
Rice finished with 24 points, and Shaquille O'Neal added 23. Vin Baker led the SuperSonics with 31 points; Gary Payton had 23 points and Ruben Patterson added 21.
CAVALIERS 89, KNICKS 86: Bob Sura made a long three-pointer with 10.8 seconds left to give Cleveland a four-point lead, and the Cavaliers won on the road for just the third time this season.
Sura's three-pointer came during a game-closing 14-4 run in which he accounted for eight of Cleveland's points. He finished with 25. Allan Houston, who led New York with 23 points, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.
MAVERICKS 95, HAWKS 85: In Dallas, Michael Finley had 28 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak.
Dallas went 1-9 in its previous 10 games and had not won at Reunion Arena since a 120-115 decision over Phoenix on Dec. 11.
The loss pushed Atlanta's road losing streak to seven games and dropped the Hawks to 2-14 away from home. Atlanta has lost 10 of 12 games and is off to its worst start since 1976-77.
TIMBERWOLVES 110, PISTONS 105: Terrell Brandon scored 28 points and Kevin Garnett added 22 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota snapped host Detroit's six-game winning streak.
The Timberwolves, who extended their winning streak to four games, improved to 16-14--the first time they have been two games over .500 since starting 7-5. Sam Mitchell added a season-high 20 points for Minnesota.
Grant Hill led Detroit with 40 points, becoming the first Pistons player to score 30 or more in four straight games since Joe Dumars in 1992-93.
JAZZ 103, ROCKETS 87: Karl Malone scored 32 points as Utah extended its winning streak to six games with a road win.
Houston lost to the Jazz for the 11th straight time in the regular season and dropped their third game in a row (and fifth in their last six).
Rockets guard Steve Francis sprained his left ankle in the final seconds of the first quarter. He returned in the second period.
CLIPPERS 107, PACERS 94: Michael Olowokandi scored a career-high 24 points and had 17 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped visiting Indiana's seven-game winning streak.
NETS 90, HEAT 89: In Miami, Scott Burrell made one of three free throws with 5.1 seconds to play to give New Jersey the win on the road.
Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 11 assists, and Kerry Kittles and Kendall Gill each scored 16 points for the Nets, who were 10 of 21 from three-point range.
BULLS 96, CELTICS 79: Elton Brand led four Chicago players in double figures with 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls put together their first three-game winning streak since 1998. Toni Kukoc added 23 points and eight assists.
SPURS 127, MAGIC 92: Tim Duncan scored 22 points as San Antonio won easily at home. The defending NBA champions put Orlando away early, using a 24-0 run to take a 27-4 lead before the Magic made a field goal.
NUGGETS 97, HORNETS 92: In Denver, Nick Van Exel was 7 of 11 from three-point range in a 32-point performance as the Nuggets beat Charlotte for the first time in nine meetings.
TRAIL BLAZERS 96, SUNS 91: Bonzi Wells scored 13 of his career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Brian Grant's dunk with 31.5 seconds helped lead Portland rally to the home win.