Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked Al Jefferson’s shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 90-87 victory over Utah last night in Salt Lake City, ending the Jazz’s winning streak at five.
The win was the first on the road for the Lakers, while Utah dropped its first home game after starting 5-0.
Los Angeles handed the Jazz a 96-71 loss Dec. 27 in Utah’s season opener.
This one was close, with Paul Millsap’s tip-in tying it at 78 with 21 seconds left in regulation.
Bryant missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it in regulation for Los Angeles.
Millsap scored the first 4 points of overtime, but the Lakers fought back, with 3-pointers by Bryant and Pau Gasol.
The Jazz had a chance to win it, but Bynum blocked Jefferson’s short jumper.
Millsap led Utah with 29 points.
Knicks 85, 76ers 79 - Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and nine rebounds and host New York snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak.
Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks win their fourth in a row and improve to 6-4 - the first time they’ve been two games over .500 this season.
Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points for the 76ers, who trailed by as much as 17 points.
Still, the Knicks could never put it away until Anthony’s free throws with 16 seconds left. They have now beaten the 76ers six of the last eight times after losing the previous six.
Thunder 95, Hornets 85 - Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds and visiting Oklahoma City beat New Orleans.
Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first eight minutes as the Thunder extended a 2-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within 4 early in the fourth, but never threatened after that.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which won its fifth in a row.
Chris Kaman and Carl Landry had 17 points for New Orleans, which lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Hornets outscored the Thunder, 42-32, in the paint but connected on only 1 of 16 3-pointers, missing their last 12.
Bulls78, Wizards 64 - John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and host Chicago topped Washington for its third victory in three nights.
Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game career, played 45 minutes, had 8 assists, 8 rebounds, and hit 11 of 28 shots.
Kyle Korver added 14 points, 7 in the final quarter, and Luol Deng had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Jordan Crawford paced Washington with 14 points.
Pacers 96, Hawks 84 - Danny Granger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump, and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana in Indianapolis.
The Pacers improved to 7-3, matching their best start since 2005-06. Indiana also is 4-0 at home for the first time since winning its first seven home games in 2002-03.
Granger and Hibbert scored all the points as the Pacers put together a 16-2 run in the third quarter to make it 71-54 with 5:07 to go in the period.
Kings 98, Raptors 91 - Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to help Sacramento beat Toronto for its first road victory of the season.
Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Jimmer Fredette had 10 for the Kings. Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 24 points for Toronto.
Spurs 101, Rockets 95 - Tony Parker (28 points) hit four free throws late in overtime to help San Antonio hold off Houston and remain unbeaten at home (7-0).
Nuggets 123, Nets 115 - Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points, Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer each had 19 points and host Denver toppled New Jersey.
Magic 107, Trail Blazers 104 - Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Orlando survived a late rally to hand Portland its first home loss.