Spurs send Lakers to third straight loss

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs, backing up their NBA-best record against the defending champions, beat Kobe Bryant and the reeling Los Angeles Lakers 97-82 on Tuesday night.

DeJuan Blair had 17 points and 15 rebounds, leading an unlikely Spurs cast that handed the Lakers their third straight loss while Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili muddled through a dreadful game.

Bryant finished with 21 points on 8-of-27 shooting. He missed 13 in a row at one point, and might be fuming again after railing on his team following a Christmas Day loss to Miami.

Heat 106, Knicks 98

At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 40 points, LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Miami held off a big fourth-quarter rally to beat New York.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Miami, which is 15-1 in its last 16 games and has beaten the Knicks seven straight times.

Magic 110, Cavaliers 95

At Cleveland, Gilbert Arenas scored 22 points, fellow newcomer Jason Richardson added 20, and Orlando made a season-high 19 3-pointers in a victory over Cleveland.

Orlando won its fourth straight by breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter with leading scorer Dwight Howard on the bench with foul trouble.

Celtics 95, Pacers 83

At Indianapolis, Paul Pierce scored 21 points and Ray Allen added 17 to help Boston hand Indiana its second straight home loss.

Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. The Celtics improved to 4-1 without him and maintained the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Bulls 90, Bucks 77

At Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 24 points and nine rebounds, Luol Deng scored 24 points, and Chicago beat Milwaukee.

Raptors 84, Mavericks 76

At Dallas, rookie Ed Davis scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Linas Kleiza and DeMar DeRozan added 16 points apiece, and short-handed Toronto upset Dallas.

The Raptors were missing several key players, but took advantage of the injury absence of Dallas' top scorer, Dirk Nowitzki.

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