Matching the NBA's top two teams, the game had playoff atmosphere and intensity.
"It was an absolute war all game," said Seattle's Vin Baker, who scored 33 points, seven in overtime and three on a 55-footer to end the third quarter, to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 113-108 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Lakers."We were going back and forth, and they missed some baskets and we were able to capitalize."
Seattle led all the way until Shaquille O'Neal, who had 44 points, hit a fallaway jumper to tie it at 97-97 with 18 seconds left and force the overtime.
"We kind of won it twice," Seattle coach George Karl said. "We gave it back to them in the first session and then our courage came through in the second session and we won the game.
"Shaq had an unbelievable game."
O'Neal, who also had 12 rebounds, said: "It was very frustrating. This was a game we really wanted to win. We came up kind of flat and they did everything right. I don't think we played well."
Seattle increased its Pacific Division lead to three games over Los Angeles. The SuperSonics are 39-11 and the Lakers 35-13.
"We knew coming into the game that they were very pumped up; they wanted to make a statement to us," Baker said. "We thought that we made one up in Seattle (a 101-95 win last month), so this was a very important game to us."
Gary Payton added 30 points - 15 on 3-pointers - and nine assists for Seattle, and Baker had 10 rebounds.
Robert Horry had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant missed a 3-point try with six seconds left in overtime and the Lakers behind 111-108. Detlef Schrempf made two free throws for the final margin.
The SuperSonics scored 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting from 3-point range, including 5-of-8 by Payton, and 3-of-6 by Sam Perkins. Baker was 1-of-1, with his shot from near halfcourt hitting nothing but net at the third-quarter buzzer.
KNICKS 99, MAGIC 83: Allan Houston scored 23 points and Larry Johnson had 19 to lead the New York Knicks to a 99-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in Orlando.
The Magic got just two points in 24 minutes from hobbling All-Star guard Penny Hardaway, who has been the subject of trade talks with several teams this week. Orlando's leading scorer left in the final minute of the third quarter and finished 0-for-5 from the field.
Bo Outlaw and Danny Schayes led the Magic with 18 points each. Nick Anderson added 14.
Chris Mills added 15 points for New York and Charles Oakley had 13 points and seven rebounds before being ejected for a flagrant foul on Outlaw with 3:03 left. Orlando's Derek Harper was ejected less than two minutes later, after fouling Chris Childs. Harper drew two technicals for exchanging words with Childs and then the officials.
MAVERICKS 85, PACERS 82, 2OT: At Indianapolis, Michael Finley hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Dallas snapped a 22-game road losing streak.
Finley, who scored 32 points, snapped an 0-for-8 slump from the field before hitting the game-winning shot.
Earlier, the teams set records for scoring futility as Indiana built a 34-24 halftime lead. That tied the NBA record for the fewest points scored in a half, set on Jan. 15, 1955 when Syracuse played Fort Wayne at Buffalo, N.Y.
The 24 points were the fewest allowed by the Pacers in a first half, topping the mark of 25 set by Detroit on Nov. 8, 1989. The Mavericks tied their franchise record for fewest points in a half.
HORNETS 103, 76ERS 96: At Charlotte, N.C., Glen Rice scored 40 points as Charlotte held off Philadelphia.
Vernon Maxwell added 19 points off the bench for the Hornets, who beat Philadelphia for the seventh straight time. Matt Geiger scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 30 points for the 76ers in the final 5:21 of the game.
NETS 130, RAPTORS 115: At East Rutherford, N.J., what was left of the Toronto Raptors after trading star point guard Damon Stoudamire wasn't much, and the New Jersey Nets had no problem beating them.
Keith Van Horn had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Jayson Williams had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets overwhelmed the seven healthy players Toronto had on hand less than five hours after Stoudamire and two other players were traded to Portland and coach Darrell Walker resigned.
HEAT 100, PISTONS 86: At Miami, Alonzo Mourning scored a season-high 39 points with 15 rebounds and seven blocks as the Miami Heat beat Detroit but lost Jamal Mashburn with a fractured thumb.
Mashburn, a starting forward, was injured while attempting a dunk with 7:28 left in the second quarter. There was no immediate word on how long he would be out.
BULLS 112, HAWKS 110: At Chicago, Michael Jordan's 15-foot jumper at the buzzer lifted Chicago over Atlanta after the Bulls blew a 23-point lead.
Jordan finished with 37 points, scoring 12 of the Bulls' final 15 points and once again bailing them out in the stretch.
T-WOLVES 107, NUGGETS 80: At Denver, Stephon Marbury had 22 points and Kevin Garnett added 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the listless Nuggets.
KINGS 109, WARRIORS 92: At Oakland, Calif., Mitch Richmond matched his season high with 35 points and Sacramento registered a rare road victory, defeating Golden State.
It was the fifth time in 11 games that Richmond has scored 30 or more points for the Kings, who won on the road for the fifth time in 25 tries. Billy Owens had 16 points, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf 14 and Olden Polynice 12.
BLAZERS 105, ROCKETS 81: At Portland, Ore., Isaiah Rider returned from a one-game suspension to score 25 as Portland defeated Houston despite being short three players because of a trade with Toronto.
Rider, who was suspended for leaving the bench during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, was booed early. The jeers quickly turned to cheers as Rider scored 14 points in the first half. The Blazers never trailed and led by as many as 27 points.
CELTICS 97, CLIPPERS 96: At Los Angeles, Antoine Walker had 28 points, including a tie-breaking free throw with 16.1 seconds left, as Boston beat Los Angeles despite going the final 4:53 without a field goal.
Chauncey Billups added 21 points for the Celtics, who blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead one night after squandering an 18-point second-quarter advantage at Utah.