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Baker burns Pacers in Seattle win

The Indiana Pacers saw a lot of Vin Baker when he played four seasons with Central Division rival Milwaukee. However, they've never seen him better than he was for the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

"He's always been tough to handle, but I've never seen him like that before," Indiana's Dale Davis said after Baker tied his career high with 41 points in Seattle's 104-97 victory over the Pacers.Baker made 16 of 22 shots from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds and tied his career high with six blocked shots as the Sonics improved their NBA-best record to 37-10 and ended Indiana's seven-game winning streak.

"They got him the ball in great position and he had a great night," Pacers star Reggie Miller said.

After Baker scored 21 points in the first half, Sonics coach George Karl kidded him by saying: "You know you can get 40 if you don't run out of gas. When I took him out in the fourth quarter, he said, `Coach, I have a lot left.' "

Detlef Schrempf scored 24 points and Gary Payton had 17 points and 14 assists for the Sonics, who won their fourth in a row.

Miller scored 25 points for the Pacers, who have the best record in the East at 33-13. Rik Smits had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

LAKERS 122, TRAIL BLAZERS 115: Eddie Jones scored 28 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers had four players with 20 or more points for the third straight game.

Kobe Bryant added 26 points, Nick Van Exel 23 and Shaquille O'Neal 21 for Los Angeles.

CELTICS 110, MAVERICKS 99: Dee Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored a season-high 32 points as Boston handed Dallas its 19th consecutive road loss.

HEAT 98, 76ERS 84: Alonzo Mourning had 19 points and 15 rebounds as Miami handed Philadelphia its seventh straight loss.

Tim Hardaway had 15 points and five assists for the Heat. Jamal Mashburn added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Isaac Austin had 12 points and nine rebounds.

WIZARDS 104, CAVALIERS 88: Reserve Tracy Murray scored 24 points and Juwan Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Washington won its third straight.

TIMBERWOLVES 95, KNICKS 88: Stephon Marbury had 29 points and 10 assists as Minnesota defeated New York.

The Wolves snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the Knicks their fifth loss in six games.

KINGS 101, NUGGETS 99: Mitch Richmond scored 32 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds, as Sacramento ended a six-game road losing streak.

Billy Owens added a career-high 27 points for the Kings, who won for the third time in 10 games.