By Dave McMenamin
SCOREBOARD: Dec. 20, 2005 | AROUND THE ASSOCIATION ARCHIVE
PLAY OF THE DAY
Bogut stuns the Spurs at the buzzer.
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Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 62 points Tuesday against the Mavs.
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SHOOTING STUDS
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
112-90 win vs. Mavericks
62 pts, 18-31 FG, 22-25 FT

Zach Randolph, Kings
93-89 loss at Pistons
37 pts, 14-26 FG,
1-2 3-pt FG, 8-8 FT

Shaquille O'Neal, Heat
111-92 win vs. Hawks
28 pts, 13-15 FG

SHOOTING DUDS
Sam Cassell, Clippers
99-85 loss at Nets
4-15 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 10 pts

Luke Ridnour, Sonics
111-83 loss at Suns
2-12 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 4 pts

Zaza Pachulia, Hawks
111-92 loss at Heat
1-9 FG, 1-2 FT, 3 pts

STAT SHEET STUFFER
Vince Carter continued his stellar play Tuesday. He scored 35 points to go along with a season-high nine assists as the Nets won their third in a row, downing the Clippers 99-85. Carter also secured seven rebounds, blocked one shot and swiped one steal.

RICK KAMLA'S FANTASY TAKE
If Kareem Rush stays injured or if Bernie (Bickerstaff) decides to bench him upon his return, the fantasy world will reap the benefits of the Raymond Felton and Brevin Knight backcourt, which combined for 41 points, 16 assists, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

GAME OF THE NIGHT
San Antonio went into Milwaukee seeking its 20th win of the season, but left with its first two-game losing streak, as the Bucks pulled out a stunner at the Bradley Center. With the Spurs trailing by two with nine seconds left in regulation, Tony Parker found Tim Duncan in the lane for a layup to tie it up and send it to overtime. In OT, the two teams battled back and forth with Andrew Bogut making a layup with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 107. On the ensuing possession, Parker's shot was blocked, giving the Bucks a chance at the win. Milwaukee inbounded the ball from midcourt and, with Duncan out of the game after fouling out earlier in OT, Bogut was free to take up space in the lane. Toni Kukoc found the Aussie with a well-placed lob pass that he caught and shot in one motion. The ball bounced off the glass and through the hoop at the buzzer to give the Bucks a 109-107 win.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"They could double- or triple-team me if they wanted and I would just dish it off to one of the other guys. I want to be the consummate team player, so putting a lot of guys on me would not have been successful."

- Miami's Shaquille O'Neal, on the versatility he brings to the Heat after a 111-92 throttling of the Hawks.

STORYLINES OF THE NIGHT
1. Kobe Scores 62
The Staples Center scoreboard could have read "Kobe Bryant 62, Dallas Mavericks 61" through three quarters. Bryant scored an eye-popping 62 points and did all of his damage in the game's first 36 minutes. He netted 15 in the first period, 17 in the second and 30 in the third before coming out for good to a standing ovation with the Lakers up by 34. As Kobe watched from the bench, the Lakers finished off a 112-90 win. Bryant eclipsed his previous career high of 56 and set the NBA season high, blowing away Lebron James' 52 point effort. The 30 points that Bryant scored in the third is even more impressive when you consider that seven teams playing Tuesday night did not reach the 30-point mark in any one quarter.

2. Allen Third All-Time in Threes
Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining in the second quarter on Tuesday made history in Phoenix. Allen hit the 1,560th three-pointer of his 10-year career, surpassing Glen Rice's mark of 1,559 in 15 seasons for third place on the all-time list. Reggie Miller is first all-time with 2,560 made 3-pointers in his 18 seasons and Dale Ellis second, with 1,719 threes in his 17-year career. Allen finished the game with 26 points and was 4-for-10 from 3-point range.

3. Pistons Get 20
The Pistons were the first team to 20 wins this season, holding on against Portland for a 93-89 win. The Pistons, who reached the NBA Finals each of the last two seasons, are playing even better than first-year coach Flip Saunders could have hoped. "You don't expect to start 20-3," Saunders said. "Not many teams have ever done that. I thought we'd be good, but I didn't think our record would be as gaudy as it is."

ROOKIE WATCH
Marvin Williams may have picked up a thing or two from Shaquille O'Neal on Tuesday. While the Big Aristotle went off on the Hawks, scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 boards, Williams quietly had the best game of his young career. Marvin scored a season-high 26 points and shot a Shaq-like 9-of-14 from the field to go with his seven rebounds. Williams did something, however, that The Daddy has only done once in his 14 season career: nail a 3-pointer.

COOL/CLUTCH PERFORMANCE
With the Bucks down two in overtime, Andrew Bogut put in a layup with 14 seconds left to tie the game. Milwaukee got the ball once more in OT, and again it was Bogut who came up big as he put up a bank shot with 0.7 seconds left to secure a 109-107 overtime victory over the Spurs.

SIXTH MAN OF THE NIGHT
Eddie House scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix, which won going away 111-83. Super-sub House has reached the 20-point mark in three straight games. In his previous six years in the league, he never scored 20 in back-to-back games. "I'm just out there trying to compete and just trying to get wins and help my team win," said House. "Coach always encourages shooting the basketball and when you're hitting your shots, you're inclined to take more shots."