Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for a 96-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers last night in another testy edition of their cross-hallway rivalry.
Andrew Bynum scored 19 points to help the Lakers snap their three-game skid with their first win of the season over their fellow Staples Center tenants. The Clippers beat the Lakers twice in the preseason and again earlier this month.
The clubs combined for six technical fouls, and the Lakers’ Josh McRoberts was ejected.
Chris Paul had 4 points and 12 assists for the Clippers in his return from a five-game absence because of a hamstring strain.
Pacers 95, Bulls 90 - Danny Granger had 22 points as Indiana became the first team to win on Chicago’s floor this season.
Roy Hibbert added 20 points, including a dunk after a scramble that gave the Pacers a 4-point lead with 13 seconds to go. The Pacers, who lost to the Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs last spring, trailed by 10 at the half last night.
The Bulls, missing starting forward Luol Deng (torn ligament left wrist), are 16-4 and 8-1 at home. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 24 points but had only 2 in the final quarter.
Timberwolves 105, Mavericks 90 - Kevin Love had 31 points and 10 rebounds after signing his new four-year, $60 million contract and Minnesota handled the defending NBA champs.
The end of the Mavericks’ seven-game home winning streak and their franchise-record streak of holding 15 consecutive opponents under 100 points, came after they finally received their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.
Thunder 101, Hornets 91 - Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead host Oklahoma City over New Orleans, its 10th win in 11 games.
The Thunder improved to 15-3, the best record in the West, despite an off night from guard Russell Westbrook (14 points) and 21 turnovers.
Heat 101, Pistons 98 - LeBron James scored 32 points, including the game’s last 6 from the free throw line, to lead Miami at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Chris Bosh finished with 27 points for Miami - which was without Dwyane Wade (right ankle injury).
Nets 97, 76ers 90 - Deron Williams scored 34 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left in overtime, to help lift visiting New Jersey over Philadelphia.
Kris Humphries had 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Jordan Farmer added 12 points for the Nets.
Wizards 92, Bobcats 75 - Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Washington over Charlotte.
Randy Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders Tuesday, and guided the Wizards without the benefit of a practice.
Cavaliers 91, Knicks 81 - Anderson Varejao had 16 rebounds and outhustled New York’s big men as host Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak by beating struggling New York, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Antawn Jamison added 15 points for the Cavs, who won their ninth straight at home over New York.
Bucks 105, Rockets 99 - Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings each scored 20 points and Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds as Milwaukee snapped an 11-game losing streak in Houston.
Milwaukee hit a season-high 14 shots from 3-point range to win in Houston for the first time since Nov. 2, 1999.
Spurs 105, Hawks 83 - Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair both scored 17 points, and host San Antonio handed Atlanta its first lopsided loss of the season.
Raptors 111, Jazz 106 - Jose Calderon hit a 3-pointer to tie it at the end of regulation and visiting Toronto rallied from an 18-point first-quarter deficit to beat Utah in double overtime.
Nuggets 122, Kings 93 - Danilo Gallinari celebrated a newfour-year, $42 million contract by scoring 21 of his 23 points in the first half and Denver claimed its fifth straight victory and fifth in a row on the road.
Warriors 101, Trail Blazers 93 - Stephen Curry scored a season-high 32 points for host Golden State.