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CEBALLOS NETS 50 POINTS AS LAKERS WIN 2,500TH

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Cedric Ceballos got 50, and the Lakers got 2,500.

Ceballos scored a career-high 50 points Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Minnesota 108-95. It was the 2,500th victory for the Lakers' franchise, second most in NBA history behind the Boston Celtics.But the night belonged to Ceballos, a 5-year veteran acquired from Phoenix in an offseason trade. He scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left that made him the fourth player this season to score 50 in a game.

Ceballos made 21 of 31 shots from the field, including 3-for-5 from long range, and was 5-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Minnesota's Isaiah Rider scored 18 of his career-high 35 points in the third period, including three baskets from 3-point range.

Nets 85, Knicks 83

Armon Gilliam scored 22 points, including a jumper off a broken play with 20 seconds left that put visiting New Jersey ahead for good.

Patrick Ewing's jumper put the Knicks ahead 82-81 with 43 seconds remaining. Kenny Anderson then dribbled the ball off his foot, but regained control and fed a desperation pass to Gilliam, who sank the crucial 18-footer from the corner.

Hornets 99, Pacers 95

At Charlotte, Alonzo Mourning and Hersey Hawkins each scored 22 points as the Hornets beat Indiana for only the third time in 13 meetings.

Reggie Miller gave the Pacers their first lead of the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that made it 91-90 with 3:03 remaining. But the Hornets answered with a 6-0 run.

Hawks 115, Bucks 97

At Atlanta, Ken Norman scored 28 points and the Hawks broke out of a shooting slump.

Norman hit 10 of 13 shots, including all four of his 3-point attempts. The Hawks shot 57 percent from the field, breaking a string of eight straight games under 46 percent. It was the 936th career victory for Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, leaving him three short of breaking Red Auerbach's NBA record.

Magic 108, Trail Blazers 104

Shaquille O'Neal scored 30 points as Orlando won at Portland.

The Magic, blown out by 40 points two nights earlier in Seattle, took control with a 20-4 third-quarter run that gave them an 85-69 lead.

SuperSonics 110, Clippers 79

Shawn Kemp scored 23 points as Seattle won its 10th straight at the Tacoma Dome.

Gary Payton added 22 and Kendall Gill 21 for the Sonics, who have won three straight overall. Malik Sealy had 22 points for the Clippers, who have lost six straight to Seattle over the past two seasons.

Mavericks 110, Warriors 107

At Oakland, Jamal Mashburn scored 27 points, including consecutive 3-point baskets in the final 1:48, as Dallas handed Golden State its 10th straight loss.

Jim Jackson's short jumper gave the Mavericks breathing room after Latrell Sprewell's bank shot cut the deficit to 102-100 with just over a minute left. Jackson finished with 26 points.

Kings 105, Bullets 102

At Sacramento, Mitch Richmond scored 28 points as the Kings handed Washington its seventh loss in a row.

Walt Williams had 19 points for Sacramento, which shot 70 percent in the third quarter to take an 87-74 lead.