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The Los Angeles Clippers almost never beat the Lakers, and the New York Knicks hadn't beaten anybody recently.

For one night, though, recent history had no bearing on the results.

Corey Maggette had 28 points to equal a career-high, and Elton Brand scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Clippers came back from a 14-point halftime deficit and beat the Lakers 95-90.

Earlier, Latrell Sprewell had 35 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Brand also had 12 rebounds and four assists as the Clippers beat the two-time defending NBA champions for only the second time in 20 meetings. The Lakers have a 114-38 record against the Clippers and are 2-1 against them this season.

"Two losses in a row, two rings in a row," Kobe Bryant added, referring to the Lakers' back-to-back championships. "It's a long season. You take the good with the bad."

The Lakers drew within two points on a basket by Shaquille O'Neal with 3:12 left, but Brand scored five straight points to make it 93-86 with 1:42 remaining.

A free throw by Derek Fisher and a 3-pointer by Devean George made it 93-90 with 1:22 to play, and Fisher missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game.

After the Clippers committed a turnover, Brand blocked a 3-point attempt by Rick Fox, and Fisher missed a dunk with 21 seconds to go.

Darius Miles made a foul shot and Bryant missed a 3-pointer to end any hopes the Lakers had. A free throw by Brand with 2 seconds left completed the scoring.

KNICKS 96, RAPTORS 92: At Toronto, the Knicks won for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Latrell Sprewell had 35 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Sprewell held Vince Carter to 18 points on 6-for-23 shooting. Sprewell played the entire game and went 13-for-25 from the field as the Knicks ended their longest losing streak in 15 years.

CELTICS 98, PACERS 94: Erick Strickland scored a season-high 22 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Boston over visiting Indiana.

It was only the second time in the last 113 games that someone other than AntoineWalker and Paul Pierce led the Celtics in scoring.

HORNETS 111, SUPERSONICS 101: At Charlotte, David Wesley scored 21 points and Baron Davis had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Vin Baker and Gary Payton each scored 24 points, and Rashard Lewis added 22 for the Sonics, who trailed by 27 points in the second quarter but pulled within four in the fourth quarter.

WARRIORS 107, GRIZZLIES 95: At Oakland, Antawn Jamison scored 30 points as the Golden State beat Memphis for the third time this season.