Shaquille O'Neal spent some time in the trainer's room getting iced after the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 99-93 Wed-nes-day night.
He was entitled.O'Neal scored 33 points and grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds - 19 in the first half - to lead the Lakers to their seventh win in eight games.
It was O'Neal's first 30-20 game with the Lakers, and the ninth of his six-year NBA career.
"I'm hurting," he said with a tired smile. "I kind of had a great first half, but my knee gave out in the second half. I banged my left knee last week. It's been bothering me a couple days."
When asked if he had ever had 19 rebounds in a half before, O'Neal replied, "Yeah, high school."
"I was just in the right place at the right time, plus I was active in the first half," he said.
The Lakers outrebounded the Suns 51-43 - the sixth straight game and 15th in the last 18 that they've outrebounded the opposition.
O'Neal's previous Laker high in rebounding was 21 last season - his first with the team. His career high is 28 against New Jersey when he was playing for Orlando on Nov. 20, 1993.
The Lakers remained four games behind the Pacific Division-leading Seattle SuperSonics with 17 games left in the regular season.
The Suns, who had their five-game winning streak snapped, trail the Lakers by 2 1/2 games. Phoenix has 16 games remaining.
Antonio McDyess led the Suns with 20 points and seven rebounds but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
HEAT 94, GRIZZLIES 91: Alonzo Mourning scored 26 points and Dan Majerle scored four points in the final 70 seconds as Miami beat Vancouver.
Tim Hardaway had 23 points and 11 assists for the Heat, who moved within percentage points of idle Indiana for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
76ERS 104, PISTONS 96: Allen Iverson scored a season-high 38 points as Philadelphia won.
The Sixers also got a lift from former Pistons Theo Ratliff and Aaron McKie, who were acquired in December for Jerry Stackhouse and Eric Montross. Ratliff had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while McKie finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
SPURS 92, TIMBERWOLVES 76: Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio held Minnesota to a season-low point total.
Avery Johnson scored 22 points for the visiting Spurs, who have won nine of 12 games. David Robinson finished with 15 points after starting 0-of-9 from the field.
SUPERSONICS 99, CLIPPERS 80: Dale Ellis matched his season high with 23 points as Seattle became the NBA's first 50-game winner this season.
Ellis scored five points in a 14-0 run that gave the Sonics (50-15) a 91-75 lead with six minutes remaining at Key Arena.