Lakers 107, Pacers 92LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers didn't let Indiana snap their long winning streak again, beating the Pacers 107-92 for their 14th straight win.
The Lakers, whose 16-game winning streak was ended in Indiana in January, jumped out to a 30-16 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and the Pacers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
When Indiana threatened, moving within 82-73 early in the fourth period, O'Neal took charge, scoring Los Angeles' first nine points of the quarter to help them pull away again.
Kobe Bryant added 22 points and had seven assists for Los Angeles, and reserve Robert Horry added 14 points.
Reggie Miller didn't get his first basket until 3:05 before halftime but finished with 22 points for the Pacers. Austin Croshere added 15 points.
The Lakers won the matchup of the team with the best record in the Western Conference against the team with the top mark in the East. Los Angeles improved to 21-2 against Eastern teams.
Indiana, which has been a power at home this season but a pushover on the road, has the Eastern Conference's best record, 39-19. Los Angeles is a league-best 48-11.
The Lakers draw another visitor from the other coast on Sunday, when they try to extend their streak to 15 straight in a matchup against Miami, which has the second-best record in the East.
Indiana was coming off its worst defeat in nearly two years, a 118-87 drubbing Thursday in Phoenix.
The Pacers halted the Lakers' 16-game run, the league's longest so far this season, with a 111-102 victory at Indianapolis on Jan. 14.
RAPTORS 114, CELTICS 104: At Toronto, Vince Carter scored 30 points and Celtics coach Rick Pitino was ejected in the third quarter as the Raptors beat Boston for the second time in three nights.
Pitino ripped into Boston fans and media Wednesday night for having unrealistic expectations for the young team, following the Celtics loss to Toronto on Carter's last-second 3-pointer.
Pitino and star Antoine Walker weren't around to see the finish Friday. Both were ejected in the second half as the Celtics lost their fourth straight game.
Tracy McGrady and Muggsy Bogues each had 24 points for the Raptors, who won their fourth straight game.
HAWKS 83, KNICKS 70: At Atlanta, Jason Terry scored 17 points in his first career start and Dikembe Mutombo pulled down 20 rebounds as Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak.
Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens shuffled his lineup for the first time this season, starting Terry at point guard and Chris Crawford at power forward while Bimbo Coles and Isaiah Rider sat.
The Knicks' last field goal came on Chris Childs' 18-foot shot from the right wing with 2:15 remaining.
NUGGETS 122, WARRIORS 88: At Denver, Keon Clark set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds as Denver's reserves led the Nuggets over Golden State.
Clark was 13-for-20 from the field. Chris Gatling added 18 points and nine rebounds and the Nuggets backups outscored Golden State's 73-38.
TRAIL BLAZERS 101, GRIZZLIES 91: At Portland, Steve Smith scored 19 points as Portland held off a late run to beat Vancouver.
Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells each added 16 points for the Trail Blazers, who had their 11-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night by the Los Angeles Lakers.