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NBA: Wizards Edge Lakers, Extend Winning Streak


The Washington Wizards rallied to edge the Los Angeles Lakers and win their third straight National Basketball Association game Monday.

Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and led a second-half rally as the host Wizards erased a 16-point deficit. LA star Kobe Bryant netted 31 points in the Lakers' second straight losing effort.

The Dallas Mavericks trounced the Indiana Pacers, 102-80, to tie defending champion San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference - 21 wins against only seven losses. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 23 points on their home court.

The visiting New Jersey Nets knocked off the rival New York Knicks, 109-101, for their sixth consecutive win. Vince Carter, who had 27 points Monday, has led New Jersey in all six victories.

Cleveland also stretched a winning streak to six games Monday, topping the Chicago Bulls 102-91. LeBron James had 32 points in the Cavaliers' home-court win - their second victory over the Bulls in five days.

Other NBA winners Monday were the Magic, Suns, Jazz, SuperSonics, and Nuggets. The Orlando Magic cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-93, the Phoenix Suns routed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-89, and the Utah Jazz slipped past the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-102. The Seattle SuperSonics beat the Boston Celtics, 118-111, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 105-92, and the Golden State Warriors fell to the Denver Nuggets, 118-112.