Lakers roll over Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Kobe Bryant had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-84 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night in a matchup of the NBA’s best and worst teams.
The Nets dropped their seventh straight, but the game was competitive into the third quarter, when Bryant started taking over about the time the league’s lowest-scoring team was enduring one of its usual droughts.
Pau Gasol had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who improved to 21-4 after winning their third straight on a five-game road trip that ends Sunday in Detroit. Lamar Odom added 14 points and 12 boards.
Devin Harris led New Jersey (2-26) with 21 points, and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 before limping off with an injured right ankle after stepping on Odom’s foot while driving to the basket with 4:47 left.
Spurs 100, Pacers 99
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tim Duncan dunked over Roy Hibbert with 4.6 seconds left to give San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich his 700th career win.
Duncan let out a roar after throwing down the last of his 19 points over Hibbert, who blocked Duncan’s first attempt with time winding down before the Spurs’ perennial All-Star grabbed the ball back and went over Hibbert for the winning score.
Popovich is the 16th coach in NBA history to reach 700 wins and is among seven active coaches to hit the milestone.
Troy Murphy led the Pacers with 21 points.
Suns 121, Wizards 95
PHOENIX (AP) – Steve Nash had 15 points and 15 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter Saturday night, and Phoenix Suns improved to 10-0 at home.
Amare Stoudemire had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Richardson scored 22 as the Suns remained the only team in the NBA without a home loss. Phoenix has won 19 in a row at home dating to last season.
Gilbert Arenas, who had 45 points and 13 assists as the Wizards snapped a six-game losing streak with a win at Golden State on Friday, scored 22 in 23 minutes but made just 6 of 21 shots.
Jazz 110, Bobcats 102
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Deron Williams had 23 points and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 11 rebounds as Utah bounced back from a miserable loss.
Boozer and Williams combined for eight points and as many turnovers on 3-of-15 shooting before being benched in the third quarter with the rest of Utah’s starters in a blowout loss at Atlanta.
Gerald Wallace had 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Magic 92, Trail Blazers 83
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 12 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks, and Rashard Lewis added 15 points for the Magic
Jason Williams scored 13 points and J.J. Redick chipped in 12 as Orlando overcame a sluggish first half to beat Portland for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
Brandon Roy had 33 points and Andre Miller scored 16, but the Trail Blazers shot just 34 percent after halftime and were outrebounded 54-35 in the game.
Bulls 101, Hawks 98, OT
CHICAGO (AP) – Derrick Rose scored a career-high 32 points and Chicago overcame a season-high 40 points from Joe Johnson to snap Atlanta’s six-game win streak.
Rose scored the tying basket in regulation, then hit two free throws with 10.8 seconds left in overtime to seal it, sending the Bulls to their second straight win.
The Hawks had a chance to tie it, but Johnson missed a 3-point attempt. Rose got the rebound and missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, but Chicago’s Joakim Noah blocked an outlet pass after Al Horford grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.
Kings 96, Bucks 95
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Tyreke Evans made a reverse layup around Andrew Bogut with 0.9 seconds left to lift Sacramento in a game that featured the NBA’s top two rookies.
Bogut’s baseline jumper hit the side of the backboard as time expired, allowing Sacramento to improve to 2-11 on the road.
Evans scored a game-high 24 points to top Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings, who had 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Rockets 95, Thunder 90
HOUSTON (AP) – Trevor Ariza scored 31 points and hit five 3-pointers, and the Houston Rockets nearly blew a 17-point, third-quarter lead before holding on.
It was Houston’s 13th straight victory and their 10th in a row at home against the Thunder.
Kevin Durant, the Thunder’s leading scorer, hit only three of his first 12 shots and finished with 13 points. Jeff Green led Oklahoma City with 21 points.
Clippers 112, 76ers 107, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chris Kaman scored 24 points and Baron Davis added 20 for Los Angeles.
The Clippers blew a 16-point, third-quarter lead and nearly lost on Andre Iguodala’s jumper as time expired in the fourth. The shot was waived off after it was ruled Iguodala did not get it off in time.
Marreese Speights scored 28 points and Iguodala added 20 for Philadelphia.
The game was played before a sparse crowd of about 2,600 at Wachovia Center who braved a winter storm that dumped one to two feet of snow in the area.