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|Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:34|
The Lakers (14-2) came into the game with seven straight wins, the league's best record and reigning MVP Kobe Bryant. But even another terrific night from Bryant, who scored 28 points and had seven rebounds, wasn't enough to fend off the pesky Pacers.
The Pacers, who had won only once since Nov. 21, fought back from the 101-86 deficit with an incredible defensive performance.
Murphy finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds, and T.J. Ford added 17 points as all five Indiana starters scored at least 16 points.
Wizards 108, Nets 88
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Caron Butler had 22 points and 10 assists, and DeShawn Stevenson added 21 to lead Washington to its first road win of the season and their first win over an Eastern Conference opponent after 11 straight losses.
vin Harris, who had 18 points, but only three after halftime, and Vince Carter, who had 16 points. Keyon Dooling added 14 off the bench for the Nets.
After a closely contested first half, the Wizards blew the game open, outscoring New Jersey 35-12 in the third period.
Trail Blazers 104, Knicks 97
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 23 points, and Portland dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Knicks for their fifth straight victory.
Rudy Fernandez made a pair of 3-pointers early in the final period and scored 18 for the Trail Blazers, who shut down the Knicks' high-powered offense for the first seven-plus minutes of the fourth and improved to 13-6, their best start after 19 games since the 1999-00 club was 15-4.
The Blazers shook off a dismal offensive night from rookie Greg Oden, who botched two dunks in the first five minutes and finished with two points, matching Kwame Brown for the lowest-scoring effort by a No. 1 overall pick in his Madison Square Garden debut in 40 years.
Oden played only 19 minutes because Joel Przybilla was dominant in the paint, grabbing 14 rebounds.
Chris Duhon scored a season-high 23 points and added 13 assists for the Knicks, who missed 10 of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 19-5. They didn't reach 82 points - the total they had at halftime of their 138-125 victory against Golden State on Saturday - until Quentin Richardson's two free throws with 4:49 remaining trimmed their deficit to eight.