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SHAQ'S RETURN RESTORES LAKERS' 1-2 PUNCH

With Stephon Marbury having a career night, it's a good thing Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers had Shaquille O'Neal back in the lineup.

Bryant's three-point play with 4.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Lakers a 113-110 overtime victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night despite Marbury's career-high 50 points.

Bryant finished with 38 points, and O'Neal added 32 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in his first game since straining an arch in his right foot on Jan. 26.

"Every great team has a great 1-2 punch, and that's what Kobe and I give this team," O'Neal said after the Lakers won their fourth straight game. "When we play like we did tonight and everybody contributes, we're tough to beat."

Still, Marbury came close to beating the Lakers by himself. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including two three-pointers in the final minute of regulation.

The shots were similar to the ones Marbury hit in the final minute of the All-Star game on Sunday, helping the East beat the West.

Unlike Sunday, Bryant had the final say, driving down the lane for a game-winning layup.

"There was no way I was going to miss the game-winning shot two games in a row," Bryant said.

Iverson goes off

MILWAUKEE -- Allen Iverson scored 49 points and the Philadelphia 76ers staged a furious comeback to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-104, in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

"It means something because we're playing without one of our leading defenders," Iverson said of Theo Ratliff, his shot-swatting teammate who has an injured wrist and missed his first game of the season.

Iverson scored a second-chance basket with 56 seconds left and was fouled. Although he missed the bonus, an offensive rebound allowed him to sink another basket at 49 seconds, pulling Philadelphia to 104-103.

After a Milwaukee turnover, Sam Cassell fouled out and Iverson sank both free throws for a 105-104 lead.

"The little guy had a huge game," 76ers coach Larry Brown said of Iverson.

Raptors send Cavs down

CLEVELAND -- Vince Carter scored 33 points but was sitting down when Toronto opened a big lead in the second quarter as the Raptors rolled to a 120-105 win over the demoralized Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their seventh straight game.

Carter scored 16 points in the third quarter and sat out most of the fourth as the Raptors won their third in a row to move four games over .500 for the first time this season.

Around the rim

Bobby Jackson scored 17 points and made a late steal as the Kings overcame an injury to Chris Webber to beat the Jazz, 97-94, in overtime. Webber, who scored 34 points, was carried off with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation after collapsing with a sprained left ankle. . . . Rasheed Wallace scored 18 points as the Trail Blazers stopped the Timberwolves' 11-game winning streak with a 109-88 victory. . . . Nick Van Exel had 24 points and 12 assists as the Nuggets were too much for the Knicks, 96-77. . . . Jamal Mashburn had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hornets over the Pacers, 77-66. . . . Anthony Mason's spinning 5-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left in overtime lifted the Heat to a 101-99 victory over the Clippers. . . . Steve Francis had 29 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 15 points and a season-high 20 rebounds as the Rockets beat the Wizards, 99-89. . . . Tim Duncan had 28 points and 15 rebounds to power the Spurs to a 104-92 victory over the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas. . . . Mike Bibby scored 25 points and the Grizzlies scored their final five points from the foul line, all in the final 1:04, of a 99-98 win over the Celtics. Antoine Walker led Boston with 27 points and Paul Pierce added 25. . . . Shawn Marion's 28 points and 13 rebounds powered the Suns to a 93-83 victory over the Warriors. . . . Marcus Fizer and Ron Mercer scored 19 apiece as the Bulls blew a 17-point lead before rallying for a 96-92 win over the Hawks, ending Chicago's 16-game losing streak.

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