In National Basketball Association action Wednesday, Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points, Kobe Bryant had 21 and Karl Malone added 17 as the Los Angeles Lakers routed the New York Knicks, 104-83.

The Lakers won the game on the free-throw line, enjoying a 47 to six edge in free throw attempts. Malone was one of three Lakers to make more free throws than the Knicks attempted.

In other NBA action Wednesday, it was: