LOS ANGELES -- Wilt Chamberlain never managed to do what Shaquille O'Neal just did.
Neither did Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or any other outstanding big man in NBA history.
O'Neal became the first player with back-to-back 40-point, 20-rebound efforts in the playoffs, getting 43 points and 20 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 96-90.
The defending NBA champion Lakers lead the Kings 2-0 in their best-of-seven second-round series, which continues Friday night in Sacramento.
"I'm the first?" O'Neal asked.
Yes, the first.
And there's no guarantee he won't extend his streak at Arco Arena.
"Wow, that's impressive," Lakers forward Rick Fox said of O'Neal's feat. "They use the same defensive scheme, they're going to see it three times."
The 7-foot-1, 330-pound O'Neal went over, around and through the Kings for the second time in three days, overpowering the likes of Vlade Divac, Scot Pollard and even Chris Webber in dominating the inside again. He had 44 points and 21 rebounds in the Lakers' 108-105 victory in Game 1 Sunday.
It didn't seem to matter what the Kings tried, because nothing worked.
"Shaq was just a handful again," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We let him catch it so deep. He's getting the ball, he's gone before we can get to him. I guess somehow before Friday we are going to have to find a way to counteract that better."
Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic has an idea.
"Call 911," he said.
In Tuesday night's other playoff game, Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead over Charlotte with a 91-90 victory.
On Wednesday night, San Antonio takes a 2-0 lead into Game 3 at Dallas, while Philadelphia plays host to Toronto in a series the Raptors lead 1-0.
The Lakers extended their winning streak to 13 games: eight to finish the regular season and five to begin the playoffs. They haven't lost since April 1.
"I don't think I want to talk about that, it's better left unsaid," Lakers coach Phil Jackson replied when asked about the streak. "It's better to play each game."
Kobe Bryant added 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Horace Grant had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.
O'Neal and Bryant thus accounted for all but 26 of the Lakers' points after scoring all but 35 in the opener.
"Yes, I think we can," Jackson said when asked if he believed his team could keep winning without a balanced attack.
Of O'Neal, Jackson said simply: "It's been a great performance by Shaq."
O'Neal said if he thought about getting 40 points and 20 rebounds, it probably wouldn't happen.
"I'm just playing, reacting to how the defense is playing me, just trying to do everything I can to get to loose balls, score when I can, block some shots when I can," he said. "We've been playing fabulous these last 13 games, we just have to keep it up."
Webber led the Kings with 22 points and 18 rebounds, but was only 9-of-26 from the field.
"I don't know what to say about Shaq," he said. "I know we have to work harder. The way I feel is, if you go down, go down swinging."
Stojakovic added 20 points, all but six in the fourth quarter, and Bobby Jackson scored 14 for the Kings -- eight in the second period.
With Bryant scoring five points and O'Neal four, the Lakers went on an 11-2 run to start the second half, snapping a 43-43 tie to go ahead for good.
Bryant, who had 17 points in the third quarter of Game 1, had 13 in Game 2 as the Lakers outscored the Kings 31-13 to take a 74-56 lead into the final period.
It was 88-71 with six minutes remaining before the Kings battled back, getting as close as 94-90 on Jon Barry's 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left. Bryant made two free throws less than a second later to complete the scoring.
"I'm not pleased totally with how we finished the game off," Jackson said. "We didn't have a good bench game, but we're pleased to get the win."
Robert Horry's fourth-quarter free throw was the only point scored by a Lakers reserve.
Bucks 91, Hornets 90
Milwaukee won its 12th straight game at the Bradley Center as Ray Allen had 28 points and a career playoff-high nine assists, and Sam Cassell held Charlotte point guard Baron Davis to four free throws.
Davis, who averaged 19.8 points in the Hornets' first five playoff games, was scoreless in the first half.
The Bucks led by as many as 16 points before Charlotte rallied, closing to 91-90 on P.J. Brown's jumper with 27 seconds left. Glenn Robinson's missed shot in the final seconds was tipped back to Allen, who was fouled by the desperate Hornets as time expired.
David Wesley scored 20 points, and Jamal Mashburn and Brown each had 19 for Charlotte.
Robinson scored 19 points for the Bucks, who never trailed.
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