Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player — and the youngest at 34 — in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the Hornets Wednesday night in New Orleans.
Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.
Dwight Howard added 18 points and five blocked shots for the Lakers, who trailed, 48-47, at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20 in the fourth.
Ryan Anderson scored 31, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers for the Hornets, who were playing their ninth straight game without top overall draft choice Anthony Davis. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points, while Robin Lopez scored 15 points and blocked five shots.
Knicks 100, Bobcats 98 — J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give visiting New York the victory over Charlotte.
Carmelo Anthony, nursing a sore finger, scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, but went cold in the second half and wasn’t on the floor for the final 2:10 after injuring his right hand diving into the Knicks’ bench for a loose ball.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Anthony received five stitches in the middle finger of his right hand.
Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks. Smith had 13 points.
Pacers 99, Trail Blazers 92— Paul George scored 22 points to help host Indiana.
George Hill added 18 points and David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers (10-9), who have won four of five and moved above .500 for the first time since a 2-1 start. Indiana, the league leader in scoring defense, held the Blazers to 43 percent shooting.
Damian Lillard led Portland (8-11) with 23 points. Wesley Matthews scored 19, LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Warriors 104, Pistons 97 — Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and visiting Golden State pulled away to beat Detroit.
The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit’s five-game winning streak at home. Golden State has won two straight games in Detroit after losing 25 of 29.
Tayshaun Prince was the only Pistons starter to reach double figures with 24 points.
Bulls 95, Cavaliers 85 — Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 22 and Chicago took control early on to win in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month. Anderson Varejao recorded his 10th straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds — his 10th straight game with at least 15 boards.
Jazz 87, Magic 81 — Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Utah over Orlando in Salt Lake City.
Jefferson got hurt while corralling his final rebound. He went down clutching his back with 1:29 left and had to be helped off the court in obvious pain. Team officials said he had back spasms.
Hawks 108, Nuggets 104 — Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended host Atlanta’s lead and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.
Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds on his 27th birthday. Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Spurs 110, Bucks 99 — Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and host San Antonio had a season-high 53 rebounds in a victory over Milwaukee.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (15-4).
Kings 107, Raptors 100 — DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help host Sacramento beat struggling Toronto, which got 34 points from Kyle Lowry, 29 in the second half.The Kings used strong fourth-quarter play from Cousins and Tyreke Evans to earn a rare victory.
Clippers 112, Mavericks 90 — Blake Griffin scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the host Clippers.