Points, counterpoints


EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, AP

Two days after the NBA’s All-Star game, Stephon Marbury and Kobe Bryant had another shootout. Marbury scored a career-high 50 points, the eighth 50-point performance this season, but Bryant had the biggest basket of the night as the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-110 in overtime Tuesday. Marbury came close to beating the Lakers by himself. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including two sky high 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation that forced the overtime. The shots were similar to the ones Marbury hit in the final minute of the All-Star game on Sunday, helping the East beat the West. Unlike Sunday, Bryant had the final say, driving down the lane for a game-winning layup and free throw. “There was no way I was going to miss the game-winning shot two games in a row,’’ Bryant said. Bryant finished with 38 points, including a three point play with 4.8 seconds left in overtime, and Shaquille O’Neal added 32 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in his first game since straining an arch in his right foot on Jan. 26. “The All-Star game is over,’’ said Marbury, whose previous career high was 42 against Vancouver on Jan. 27, 2000. “This just goes to show we can go out and play with anyone if we play like this.’’ The loss snapped a season-high three-game winning streak for the Nets, who rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to force the overtime. 76ers 107, Bucks 104 Allen Iverson scored 49 points, and Philadelphia staged a furious comeback at Milwaukee in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks got 28 points from Glenn Robinson, 27 from Ray Allen and 20 from Sam Cassell and led 105-99 with 101 left. But they had eight fourth-quarter turnovers and blew a nine-point lead. Bulls 96, Hawks 92 At Chicago, Marcus Fizer and Ron Mercer scored 19 apiece as the Bulls blew a 17-point lead before rallying to end their 17-game losing streak. It was Chicago’s first victory since Jan. 4. In the final minute, knowing a victory was finally close, the Bulls celebrated every made shot and every foul they took. When the final buzzer sounded, streamers spewed from above the baskets. Trail Blazers 109, Timberwolves 88 Rasheed Wallace won his matchup with fellow All-Star Kevin Garnett, scoring 18 points as host Portland stopped Minnesota’s 11-game winning streak. Garnett had 20 points and 14 rebounds, but committed five of the Timberwolves’ season-high 25 turnovers. Minnesota’s streak was a franchise record and the longest in the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers won 19 straight last season. Kings 97, Jazz 94, OT Bobby Jackson scored 17 points and made a late steal as Sacramento overcame an injury to Chris Webber and won at Utah. Webber, who scored 34 points, was carried off with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation after collapsing with a sprained left ankle while driving the baseline. He was to be re-evaluated Wednesday. Heat 101, Clippers 99, OT At Miami, Anthony Mason’s spinning 5-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left in overtime lifted the Heat. Mason had 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Heat, who trailed by 17 in the first half, have beaten the Clippers eight straight times. Los Angeles fell to an NBA worst 0-7 in overtime games this season. Nuggets 96, Knicks 77 Nick Van Exel had 24 points and 12 assists, Antonio McDyess added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Raef LaFrentz scored 21 as Denver, which had lost six of seven overall, improved to 21-6 at home. Hornets 77, Pacers 66 At Indianapolis, Jamal Mashburn had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which outrebounded Indiana 59-41, with P.J. Brown grabbing 13 rebounds. Indiana’s point total and its 28 second-half points were both season-lows. Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105 At Cleveland, Vince Carter scored 33 points and sat out most of the fourth quarter as the Raptors won their third in a row to move four games over .500 for the first time this season. The demoralized Cavaliers lost their eighth straight game. Spurs 104, Mavericks 92 At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 28 points, reserve Antonio Daniels had 18, Danny Ferry made four of the Spurs’ nine 3-pointers and Avery Johnson tied his season-high of 14 points in his first game in two months. Rockets 99, Wizards 89 At Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon had 20 rebounds, 15 points, four steals and three blocks. It was Olajuwon’s highest rebound total since he had 20 on Feb. 16, 1998, against the Clippers. Steve Francis led Houston with 29 points. Grizzlies 99, Celtics 98 At Vancouver, Mike Bibby scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Grizzlies rally to beat the Celtics.

Boston led 95-90 with 202 left, but didn’t score again until Chris Carr’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. Suns 93, Warriors 83 At Oakland, Shawn Marion had a career-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jason Kidd had 14 points and 10 assists.