Pacers 116, Bucks 99
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal scored a career-high and NBA season-high 55 points and had 11 rebounds to carry Indiana over Milwaukee. The All-Star has made an immediate impact since an arbitrator reduced his 25-game suspension for fighting with Detroit fans to 15 games, with Indiana going 4-1. O'Neal's 55 bested Allen Iverson's 54 points on Dec. 18, also against the Bucks. He shot 18-for-28 from the field and 19-of-25 from the line, just missing George McGinnis' franchise record of 58 points, set while the Pacers were in the ABA in 1972. O'Neal's 25 free throw attempts were also a franchise record. Desmond Mason scored 21 points to lead five Bucks in double figures.
Kings 105, Knicks 98
NEW YORK -- Maurice Evans came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points and Sacramento collected its eighth win in nine road games. Chris Webber scored 22 points, Peja Stojakovic had 21 and Mike Bibby added 19 for the Kings. Stephon Marbury led New York with 26 points, 25 of which came in the first three quarters.
Wizards 112, Nets 88
WASHINGTON -- Larry Hughes matched his season high with 33 points and the Wizards made a franchise-record 14 3-pointers. Vince Carter had a season-high 31 points on 15-for-23 shooting for the Nets and Jason Kidd added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Wizards got 3-pointers from seven different players.
Spurs 100, Lakers 83
SAN ANTONIO -- Bruce Bowen scored a career-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers, and helped limit Kobe Bryant to 17 points. San Antonio matched a franchise record by making 15 3-pointers. The Spurs held the Lakers to just 32 points in the first half. Brent Barry made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for San Antonio, which led by as much as 29. Bryant scored at least 40 points in the Lakers' three previous games, but Bowen held him to 5-for-16 shooting.
Suns 122, Timberwolves 115
MINNEAPOLIS -- Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points before being ejected and helped Phoenix overcome Kevin Garnett's career-high 47 points. Minnesota cut a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to five, but lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Shawn Marion added 28 points, Steve Nash put up 20 points and 16 assists and the Suns withstood the late charge to improve to 14-1 since a 97-93 home loss to Minnesota on Dec. 4. Sam Cassell scored 24 points for Minnesota.