NBA: Lakers snap 2-game skid
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Shannon Brown added 16 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-107 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Los Angeles had started 8-0 before the consecutive losses, but Brown and Bryant sparked the Lakers on both ends of the floor against what had been the stingiest defense in the NBA.
Bryant scored 13 points in the third quarter, including seven straight in a crucial stretch. Brown didn’t skip a beat in the fourth, hitting four 3-pointers that stifled the Bucks’ rally.
Brandon Jennings scored 31 points, Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and Drew Gooden added 22 points and 13 boards for Milwaukee (5-6), which had its three-game winning streak end.
Bulls 95, Rockets 92
HOUSTON (AP) – Derrick Rose scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago opened its seven-game road trip by beating Houston.
Rose also had seven assists, and Luol Deng added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight overall and earned their first victory in three road games this season.
Luis Scola scored 27 points and former Bull Brad Miller added 21 for the Rockets, who’ve lost their last four meetings with Chicago after winning 11 of the previous 12.
Wizards 109, Raptors 94
WASHINGTON (AP) – Gilbert Arenas, replacing injured rookie John Wall, scored 20 points in his first start of the season to help Washington beat Toronto.
Andray Blatche had 22, Nick Young scored 20, and Kirk Hinrich added 13 points and 12 assists for Washington, which won for just the third time in nine games.
With Wall out with a sprained left foot, coach Flip Saunders started Arenas, who came off the bench in his first five games. Arenas had seven rebounds and six assists in his first start since Jan. 5, shortly before he was suspended for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.
Toronto, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games, was led by Sonny Weems’ 16 points.
Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Wesley Matthews, subbing for injured guard Brandon Roy, scored a career-high 30 points to lead Portland over Memphis.
Matthews shot 11 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range, as the Trail Blazers salvaged a win after losing their first two games on a three-game road trip. Portland beat Memphis for the eighth straight time on the road.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, while Andre Miller finished with 19, 13 in the fourth quarter. He also had nine assists.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 20 points, while Zach Randolph had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Cavaliers 101, 76ers 93
CLEVELAND (AP) – Daniel Gibson scored 18 points, Jamario Moon added 13 and Cleveland finally shook its third-quarter blues to beat Philadelphia, which lost its fourth in a row and played without swingman Andre Iguodala.
Gibson had eight assists and Joey Graham added 13 points off the bench as the Cavs (5-5) ended a two-game slide and got back to .500.
Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 26-16 in the third quarter. It was only the second time in 10 games this season that the Cavs have outscored their opponent in the third.
Thaddeus Young scored 17 and rookie Evan Turner 16 to pace the Sixers. Iguodala sat out with a troublesome Achilles’ tendon.