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Lakers rally falls short against Spurs

ROGER Mason hit a jump shot with 10 seconds left and made a free throw after being fouled by Derek Fisher as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-111 on Wednesday in the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals.

After Mason's three-point play, the Lakers failed to get a shot off when Trevor Ariza was called for traveling. The Lakers rallied from 11 points behind in the fourth quarter and led when Kobe Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 27 points, and Bryant had 29 for Los Angeles.

The Lakers won the playoff series last year in five games losing the NBA finals to Boston. The Lakers and Spurs will play twice more this season.

In Dallas, Chris Paul nearly showed Jason Kidd what a quadruple-double looks like, putting up 33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals in New Orleans' 104-97 win over Dallas.

Paul had to settle for his fourth triple-double of the season, one he's certain to savor because it came against Kidd, the active leader in that category and the guy who started ahead of him at point guard on the gold medal-winning US Olympic team.

Dallas' Jason Terry scored 28 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 13 rebounds, but the Mavericks dropped their fourth straight.

In Oakland, California, John Salmons hit a 17-foot shot with 1.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime as Sacramento held on to beat Golden State 135-133.

Salmons finished with 25 points, a career-best 14 rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento, which has consecutive victories against the Warriors for the first time since taking 15 in a row from 2000-03.

Brad Miller had a season-high 30 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for Sacramento.

In Boston, Paul Pierce shook off a cold first half and scored 18 points in the third quarter to lead Boston 118-86 past New Jersey for its third straight win.

Pierce went 5-for-5 in the period, all 3-pointers, and added three free throws as he scored 22 points two nights after getting a season-high 39 in an overtime win over Toronto.

Kevin Garnett scored 20 points for the Celtics, who have emerged from a surprising 2-7 slump after going 27-2, the best 29-game start in NBA history.

In New York, David Lee had 30 points and 10 rebounds, reserve Al Harrington scored 27 points, and New York handed Washington its sixth straight loss with a 128-122 win. Quentin Richardson added 26 points for the Knicks, who have piled up the points in the first three meetings with the Wizards this season and can complete a season sweep Friday night in Washington in the back end of the home-and-home series.

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 24 points and made the tying shot for Indiana with 3.9 seconds left in regulation to beat Detroit 110-106.

In other action, it was: 76ers 100, Trail Blazers 79; Bulls 102, Raptors 98; Thunder 114, Jazz 93; Heat 102, Bucks 99; and Hawks 97, Clippers 80.


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