Friday, March 21, 2003
Trail Blazers 95, Pacers 88
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arvydas Sabonis scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. Ruben Patterson added 15 points, and Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire each had 14 for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a two-game skid. Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 31 points and 12 rebounds, Al Harrington had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Artest scored 16 in his first game back from a one-game suspension. The Pacers have lost 13 of their last 15.
Suns 95, Raptors 91, OT
PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion scored 30 points, including five in overtime, and Stephon Marbury added 25 as Phoenix handed Toronto its sixth straight defeat. The Suns came back from a 14-point deficit in the second half and moved within a half-game of Houston in the race for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The loss completed an 0-5 road trip for the last-place Raptors. Toronto is 0-13 this season in the second of back-to-back games. Toronto's Voshon Lenard sent the game into overtime with a driving lay-up with 6.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Morris Peterson led the Raptors with 17 points.
Lakers 102, Clippers 85
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal scored 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting and Kobe Bryant added 26 to lead the Lakers. O'Neal also made 12 of 15 free throws as the Lakers improved to 23-2 in the last 25 games against their city rivals. Holding a 78-76 lead with 6:58 remaining, the Lakers outscored the Clippers 24-9 the rest of the way. O'Neal had 13 points during the run. The Clippers, thinned by injuries, lost for the 18th time in 22 games. Andre Miller led the Clippers with 15 points.