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Lakers handle Mavs on road

By Wire services
Published December 5, 2003

DALLAS - Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 32 points in the third quarter, helping the Los Angeles Lakers cruise past the Mavericks 114-103 Thursday night for their eighth straight victory.

The last four have been especially impressive. In addition to beating the Midwest Division-leading Mavericks, the Lakers beat East Conference-leading Indiana by 22 and reigning champion San Antonio twice by a total of 20 points.

The Lakers' 46th win in their past 51 games against the Mavs gave Dallas its first loss at home, ending a 10-0 start. Los Angeles and Sacramento, both 10-0, are the last teams unbeaten at home.

Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 19 rebounds, and Gary Payton had 17 points and eight assists. Karl Malone, who came an assist shy of a triple double last time against Dallas, had 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Playing without Dirk Nowitzki (sprained ankle) for a fourth straight game, the Mavericks started by taking the first jumper they could every time down court. They missed 10 of the first 11 shots and trailed 14-2.

SIXERS 83, BULLS 82: Allen Iverson scored 35 and sank the winning jumper with 47 seconds left to lift host Philadelphia.

Iverson, who scored 85 his previous two games, took a pass from Eric Snow and dribbled to the baseline, where he made a fadeaway with Kirk Hinrich's hand right in his face.

The Bulls had one last chance with 1.6 seconds left, but Linton Johnson's inbounds pass, intended for Hinrich, knocked off the backboard instead, making Scott Skiles a loser for the first time as Bulls coach. Skiles had won in his Bulls debut.

Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 22 points, Eddie Curry had 16 and 10 rebounds and Hinrich had 14 points.

Chicago played without Scottie Pippen and Eddie Robinson. Pippen did not make the trip because of a sore left knee. Robinson sat out with an upper respiratory infection.

CAVALIERS: Backup center DeSagana Diop had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

NETS: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang withdrew his $265-million offer to buy the NBA team. Islanders spokesman Chris Botta said it was withdrawn because a deal could not be reached in a timely manner. The sale process was held up by long negotiations on how to split up YankeeNets, the holding group that owns the team.

Botta said that the breakdown in negotiations does not change Wang's desire to have a new arena built on Long Island to replace 31-year-old Nassau Coliseum, home of the Islanders. He said it is not out of the question that the deal could be revived.

SIXERS: Center Marc Jackson is expected to miss up to eight weeks after surgery on his broken left ring finger.

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