Roundup: Kobe Bryant’s late 3 lifts Lakers over Hornets

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Kobe Bryant was off his game for most of the day (3 for 21 shooting), but his winning 3-pointer sank defender Jarrett Jack and the Hornets.

Kobe Bryant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, after starting the game with 15 straight misses, and the Lakers rallied to beat the last-place New Orleans Hornets, 88-85, Saturday in Los Angeles.

It was just the third field goal of the game for Bryant, who finished with 11 points on 3-of-21 shooting as the Lakers ended a two-game skid at home. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions had 10 points and 10 assists.

Bryant was 0 for 7 on 3-pointers before making his only one. He had five assists, three rebounds, and four fouls in 39 minutes. He endured the worst start to a game in his career, having previously missed his first 13 shots against San Antonio on Dec. 28, 2010.


Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, but he missed a go-ahead bank shot with 4.9 seconds left.

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Jason Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 points for the Hornets, who lost playing their second straight game with just eight players available because of injuries.

76ers 95, Hawks 90 - Elton Brand scored 13 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead host Philadelphia to a comeback win over Atlanta.

Andre Iguodala scored 18, and Brand had 10 rebounds to go with his 10-for-12 shooting. Coming off a 21-point loss to lowly Washington Friday that knocked them out of first place in the Atlantic Division and down to No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers earned a hard-fought win against a team ahead of them in the standings.

Josh Smith had 34 points for the Hawks, who have lost three of four after winning four straight.


The 76ers pulled within a half-game of the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. They had been in first place - either alone or tied - since Dec. 28.

Knicks 91, Cavaliers 75 - JR Smith scored 20 points and Carmelo Anthony had 19 as New York beat visiting Cleveland.

Antawn Jamison scored 13 for the Cavaliers, who played without injured rookie Kyrie Irving (sprained right shoulder) and have lost seven straight.

Smith scored 12 in the fourth quarter, grabbed nine rebounds, and was a key when the Knicks finally got some separation in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer before Baron Davis made another for an 84-74 lead with 3:35 to play.

Pistons 110, Bobcats 107 - Will Bynum’s 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Detroit went on to edge Charlotte in Auburn Hills, Mich.


The Bobcats led, 93-85, with under 2:00 remaining before Detroit’s Brandon Knight made a pair of 3-pointers and Bynum sank his tying shot from the left wing. Gerald Henderson had a great chance to win it for Charlotte, but his driving bank shot missed in the final seconds.

Grizzlies 99, Bucks 95 - O.J. Mayo scored a season-high 24 points, and Rudy Gay had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lift visiting Memphis over Milwaukee.

Mayo and Gay each came up big in the second half to help the Grizzlies win for the third time in four games. Mayo scored 15 points after halftime and Gay, who missed all six of his shot attempts in the first half, had 14.

Spurs 112, Pacers 103 - Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds and host San Antonio remained the hottest team in the league, winning its seventh straight by beating Indiana.