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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lakers Win Despite Reinjured Shaq

COMBINED REPORTS


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- Another day, another knee.


Shaquille O'Neal, claiming the right leg was at 100 percent, returned in cold Minnesota, then returned to the state of uncertainty, this time after tweaking his left knee. He walked to the locker room near the end of the first quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers ran to a 100-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves before 18,243 fans at Target Center.


The injury, which occurred when O'Neal landed awkwardly on the left leg with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter, was being called a strained knee. But that could be a preliminary prognosis.


He played only eight minutes, long enough to make six of seven shots -- some after running the court for transition baskets, proving the soundness of the right knee -- and get 12 points and four rebounds, but not long enough for the Lakers. They saw the knee clearly buckle under the weight of the 144-kilogram frame, taking the impact after coming down a few feet from the basket. O'Neal winced in obvious pain.


It was left to Elden Campbell to step in for O'Neal, again. And Campbell responded, again, following up the 34 points and 14 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls and the 20 points and three rebounds versus the Los Angeles Clippers the night before with 21 points and four blocks against Minnesota


Hawks 106, Raptors 84. The Atlanta Hawks, led by Jon Barry, reeled off a 25-0 run in the fourth quarter and beat the Toronto Raptors 106-84 for their 20th straight win at home.


The Raptors, who lost their fifth in a row on the road, led 64-63 with 2:45 left in the third period. But Christian Laettner hit a jumper and Tyrone Corbin made a 3-pointer to start a 33-4 burst.


Barry made a trio of 3-pointers, and Mookie Blaylock scored seven points during the 25-0 spree, during which Toronto went scoreless for 6:08.


The Hawks are within two games of their longest home winning streak ever.


Laettner had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Blaylock collected 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.


Suns 131, Celtics 100. In Phoenix, Wesley Person scored a career-high 33 points and Kevin Johnson had his 12th career triple-double by halftime as the Phoenix Suns beat the short-handed Boston Celtics 131-100.


In a game matching the worst teams in the Atlantic and Pacific divisions, Johnson played only the first 34 minutes and finished with 22 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds.


Johnson had 14 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the first half as Phoenix made 30 of its 41 field goals for a 74-45 lead.


Boston, down to 10 healthy players, trailed 106-66 with 1:30 left in the third quarter and was in danger of matching the worst defeat in its storied history -- by 44 points at Portland on Jan. 4, 1977. ()


(For other results, see Scorecard.)