Lakers 114, Knicks 109
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant scored 46 points as Los Angeles went above .500 (24-23) for the first time this season. Shaquille O'Neal added 33 for the Lakers. Bryant (40) and O'Neal (28) combined to outscore the Knicks in the first three quarters as the Lakers took a 97-67 lead. The Lakers then survived a fourth-quarter rally by the Knicks to end the first half of the season with their fifth straight win, including four on the road. The Knicks, who had won seven of 10, played the second half without leading scorer Allan Houston, who left the game with a bruised right wrist. Latrell Sprewell led New York with 24 points.
Bucks 97, Sonics 91
MILWAUKEE-- Ray Allen scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, sending Seattle into the All-Star break with a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee goes into the break having won 11 of 14 games. Allen and Michael Redd, who had 19 points, scored the first 22 points of the final quarter for the Bucks. Gary Payton had 27 points to lead Seattle.
Spurs 83, Nuggets 74
DENVER -- Tim Duncan had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Tony Parker scored 19 of his 23 points in the third quarter as San Antonio won its fifth straight. The Spurs played without center David Robinson, out because of a sore knee. Third-leading scorer Stephen Jackson was lost to a sprained right ankle five minutes into the game. The Spurs were down to nine players when Jackson's replacement, Emanuel Ginobili, went down with a sprained right ankle with 45 seconds remaining in the second.