NBA Capsules: Lakers bounce back, beat 76ers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:15 to play, and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from consecutive home losses with a 102-98 victory over the pesky Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, and Lamar Odom scored 18 points off the bench as the defending champions barely hung on to win the NBA's final game of 2010.

Los Angeles never trailed for the sixth time this season, but also couldn't shake the young Sixers until Philadelphia missed five shots in the final minute.

Jrue Holiday had 19 points and 11 assists and Lou Williams scored 18 points for the Sixers, whose eight-game road trip concludes Monday in New Orleans.

Warriors 96, Bobcats 95

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Monta Ellis scored 25 points and Golden State held off a late rally to beat Charlotte.

Stephen Curry added 24 points and Dorell Wright 17 for the Warriors, who led by as many as 11 points midway through the third quarter and held a six-point lead with 1:20 remaining.

Stephen Jackson scored 22 points for the Bobcats, but missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining that could have given Charlotte its third consecutive win under interim head coach Paul Silas.

Gerald Wallace added 20 points, D.J. Augustin 12 and Boris Diaw 10 points for the Bobcats.

Hornets 83, Celtics 81

BOSTON (AP) - Trevor Ariza made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:34 to play and David West scored four of his 19 points in the final minute to help New Orleans beat injury-riddled Boston.

Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists for the Hornets, who won for just the third time in seven games. Emeka Okafor scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Ray Allen led Boston with 18 points, but hit the back rim a desperation 3 in the closing seconds. Paul Pierce had 12 points and seven boards. Nate Robinson scored 11 and had six rebounds.

Boston has lost three of four since winning 14 straight.

Bulls 90, Nets 81

CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Chicago won for the 12th time in 14 games.

Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 19 apiece, and the Bulls made enough shots down the stretch after struggling from the field for much of the game.

Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 19 points. Travis Outlaw and Stephen Graham each scored 16, but the Nets dropped their fourth straight.

At least they didn't get blown out this time.

Outscored by a combined 51 points over the previous three games, the Nets hung in against the Central division leaders.

Pacers 95, Wizards 86

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danny Granger and Darren Collison scored 18 points apiece and Indiana pulled away early.

Granger shot 8 of 12 from the field and scored 13 of his points in the first half in helping the Pacers snap a three-game losing streak.

John Wall scored 25 for the Wizards, who are 0-16 on the road this season and 8-7 at home.

The Pacers took control of the game with a 20-4 run in the second quarter, getting eight points from T.J. Ford in a spurt that gave them a 45-26 lead. The Wizards shot 2 of 14 in the quarter.

Washington drew within 83-72 early in the fourth quarter, but got no closer until the final margin.

The Wizards have lost 15 of 18 games, but beat Indiana at home Wednesday, 104-90.

Rockets 114, Raptors 105

HOUSTON (AP) - Reserve guard Chase Budinger scored a season-high 22 points, Kevin Martin added 20 and Houston won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Rookie Patrick Patterson set career highs in points (15) and rebounds (10) for the Rockets, who shook off a poor first quarter to shoot 48 percent (44 of 91) and win for the ninth time in 10 home games.

DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 37 points and Jose Calderon added 11 assists for the Raptors, who've dropped 10 of their last 13 games. Linas Kleiza had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Amir Johnson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto.

Thunder 103, Hawks 94

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant hit a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 33 points, and Russell Westbrook finished off a triple-double with his 10th assist in the final seconds to lead Oklahoma City.

Durant went 3 for 3 on 3s during a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter as the Thunder put the game away after Atlanta had pulled within two points.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - the last coming when he rushed the ball up to Serge Ibaka for a dunk with 6.9 seconds left instead of running out the clock. Players from both teams stayed on the court for a few moments after the game as the Hawks were apparently upset by the final sequence.

Jamal Crawford led Atlanta with 26 points and Josh Smith scored 23. Suns 92, Pistons 75

PHOENIX (AP) - Jared Dudley scored nine of his 19 points in the second quarter, and Phoenix's reserves built a big lead that helped the Suns take control of the game.

Dudley made three 3-pointers during a 22-4 run over seven minutes of the second quarter, and backup point guard Goran Dragic hit two 3s of his own to help the Suns to a 50-28 lead.

Vince Carter also scored 19 points, including seven during the decisive stretch, as Phoenix snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with its second in the last six home games.

Ben Gordon scored 19 points to lead the Pistons. Tayshaun Prince added 12 and Charlie Villanueva had 10.


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