Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal will miss Sunday's NBA All-Star Game because of a foot injury, but Toronto Raptors forward Vince Carter will play provided a nagging knee injury doesn't return.
O'Neal, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, hasn't played since Jan. 26 because of a sprained arch in his right foot. His agent, Leonard Armato, said O'Neal won't return until after the All-Star break.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement for O'Neal before Sunday's game at Washington's MCI Center. Among the prominent players in the Western Conference who weren't named to the All-Star team are Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Carter's availability for the All-Star Game had been in doubt. He's missed seven games this season because of a sore left knee.
Bucks survive Kings' late rally
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks are perfecting their escape capabilities.
The Bucks weathered a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Sacramento Kings and prevailed in a game pairing division leaders.
Sam Cassell scored 29 points and Ray Allen 28 as Milwaukee survived Chris Webber's 39 points and Predrag Stojakovic's three-point attempt at the buzzer for a 112-109 victory over the Kings.
"We continue to blow leads. Tonight we did it with our good players missing free throws," said Bucks coach George Karl, whose team squandered nearly all of a 16-point advantage in the fourth quarter. "We didn't make stops, and we thought we had the game under control."
The Bucks, slowed by uncharacteristic turnovers in the fourth quarter, shot 5-for-8 from the line in the final 23 seconds.
Around the rim
Anthony Mason scored a season-high 29 points and the Heat got hot in the third quarter to beat the Pacers, 102-89. . . . Tracy McGrady scored 26 points to lead the Magic to a 109-83 victory over the Hornets. . . . Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points as the Pistons ended a six-week home losing streak with a 94-83 victory over the Nuggets. . . . Keith Van Horn had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets held off a late rally and beat the Hawks, 90-84. . . . Jason Kidd and Cliff Robinson, benched for most of the first half, ignited a third-quarter outburst that carried the Suns to an 97-80 victory over the Bulls, Chicago's 16th loss in a row. Chicago was without coach Tim Floyd, suspended for the game and fined $10,000 for intentionally making contact with referee Greg Willard in the Bulls' loss to the Clippers Monday night. Robinson, in his first game since his arrest early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, scored 12 of his 18 points in the third. Robinson told officers he smoked marijuana the night he was arrested. Police said they also found more marijuana in a travel bag. Robinson said he had packed the bag himself. "Well, if it was in the bag, it's mine. I don't have a problem with that."