Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Pau Gasol added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and the Lakers responded to coach Mike Brown’s firing earlier Friday with a 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles.
Jordan Hill scored 14 points for the Lakers, who had just a few hours to absorb Brown’s dismissal after just 18 months on the job. Following a bumpy first half under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, they pulled away in the third quarter with a 25-9 run led by Bryant, who also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Heat 95, Hawks 89 — LeBron James scored 21 points, including the clinching jumper with 13.6 seconds remaining, and visiting Miami won its fourth straight by knocking off Atlanta.
Jeff Teague hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Hawks rallied from a 9-point deficit in the fourth quarter. But Josh Smith missed two free throws with just over a minute remaining, and James finished off Atlanta after the teams traded turnovers.
Bucks 101, Wizards 91 — Monta Ellis scored 22 points and visiting Milwaukee quickly erased an early deficit before pulling away with a 13-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Washington’s Bradley Beal were ejected in the final minute. With the outcome no longer in doubt, Beal was called for a flagrant foul when he knocked Ellis to the court on a breakaway. As Beal leaned over to offer Ellis a hand to help him up, Jennings ran up and shoved Beal down.
Spurs 97, Kings 86 — Tim Duncan had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks to lead visiting San Antonio over Sacramento. The Spurs played without Stephen Jackson, who was out with flu-like symptoms, and Duncan and several other players were a bit under the weather.
Knicks 104, Mavericks 94 — Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and host New York improved its best start in nearly two decades to 4-0.
Suns 107, Cavaliers 105 — Shannon Brown scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a late 14-4 run as host Phoenix rallied from a 26-point deficit to defeat Cleveland.
Hornets 107, Bobcats 99 — Anthony Davis had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks in his first game back after a concussion as host New Orleans handed Charlotte its third straight loss.
Timberwolves 96, Pacers 94 — Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go to lift host Minnesota over Indiana.
Nets 107, Magic 68 — Andray Blatche had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Brooklyn never trailed while snapping a 10-game losing streak to host Orlando that dated to 2009.
Thunder 105, Pistons 94 — Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, and host Oklahoma City broke in its new alternate jerseys by beating winless Detroit.
Grizzlies 93, Rockets 85 — Rudy Gay had 21 points and a key basket with 1:03 left that helped host Memphis win its fourth straight.
Nuggets 104, Jazz 84 — Corey Brewer scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four 3-pointers, and host Denver pulled away to top Utah.