Shaquille O'Neal achieved his second career triple-double to help lead the Miami Heat to a 106-97 win over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday in National Basketball Association action.
O'Neal had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Miami, while teammate Antoine Walker scored a season-high 32 points against the hapless Raptors, who have now lost nine consecutive games. Miami was playing without star Dwyane Wade due to illness.
In other NBA games, Ben Gordon scored 36 points to lead the Chicago Bulls past the New Jersey Nets 104-101. The win puts Chicago into a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets lost despite Vince Carter's 43 points.
The Memphis Grizzlies routed the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-76. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, while teammate Chucky Atkins scored an additional 17 points. The San Antonio Spurs beat the Seattle SuperSonics 104-95 for their 60th win of the season. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 27 points.
The Phoenix Suns came back from a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat the Sacramento Kings 123-110. Raja Bell scored 25 points and Shawn Marion added 23 for the Suns. And the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Golden State Warriors 111-100. Kobe Bryant 31 points, while Lamar Odom achieved a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.