NBA roundup: Lakers charge back for OT win

Kobe Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his first game in almost two months because of a lower leg fracture as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Golden State, 118-115, in overtime on Saturday night.

Metta World Peace and Nash each made a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minutes of regulation before the Warriors came back. World Peace scored 20 points, and Nash converted a step-back shot for the final points in overtime to lift Los Angeles to its fourth straight victory.

Bryant struggled, going 16 for 41 from the field overall, but went 3 for 6 in overtime.


Jarrett Jack scored 29 points and David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a disappointing collapse for Golden State, which had won 11 of 14 games to get off to its best start in 20 years.

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Hawks 92, Bulls 75 — Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and every Atlanta starter scored in double figures as the Hawks routed visiting Chicago.

Lou Williams added 16 points in his first start, and the Atlanta native led the way as the Hawks outscored the Bulls, 61-33, in the second and third quarters combined.

Both teams played on Friday, but the Bulls were the only one that looked tired a night later.

Luol Deng paced Chicago with 11 points, but the Bulls (15-11) couldn’t build on its 110-106 victory over the Knicks in New York on Friday. The Hawks (16-9), however, bounced back from a poor fourth-quarter performance in a 99-80 loss at Philadelphia.


Atlanta starters outscored Chicago’s starters, 72-39, in Hawks coach Larry Drew’s 100th victory (100-73).

Williams started at shooting guard, but began the second quarter playing point guard in place of starter Jeff Teague. Williams had 11 points in the period as the Hawks outscored the Bulls, 25-6, over the final 6:58.

Williams added two rebounds and two assists in the quarter, and Horford scored 10 points as Atlanta shot 15 for 23 (65.2 percent) to take a 53-37 lead at halftime.

Heat 105, Jazz 89 — LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 21 points and seven assists, and host Miami rode the strength of a big third-quarter run to beat Utah.

James added nine rebounds and seven assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Heat, who won their fourth straight game and next play on Christmas against Oklahoma City in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals.


Shane Battier scored 15 and Ray Allen added 13 for Miami, which opened the second half on a 22-6 run to build a 69-49 lead.

Marvin Williams scored 16 for Utah, which got 15 from Gordon Hayward and 11 from Paul Millsap.

James has scored at least 20 points in all 24 Heat games this season, matching the longest run of 20-or-more efforts to start a year since Karl Malone did it for Utah in the 1989-90 campaign.

Trail Blazers 96, Suns 93 — J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 15 rebounds and rookie Damian Lillard had 25 points, including 18 in the second half, as host Portland won its fifth straight.

Pacers 81, Hornets 75 — David West scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and Indiana overcame a 22-point deficit to hand host New Orleans its 11th straight loss.

Paul George steadied Indiana in the first half with 11 points, and finished with 17 to help the Pacers win for the seventh time in eight games.

Pistons 96, Wizards 87 — Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18 as Detroit defeated host Washington for its second win in as many nights.

The Wizards, who trailed throughout the game, have lost seven straight and dropped to an NBA-worst 3-22.

Nuggets 110, Bobcats 88— Kosta Koufos scored a season-high 16 points, and Kenneth Faried and Andre Iguodala added 15 points apiece as host Denver sent Charlotte to its 15th consecutive loss.

Rockets 121, Grizzlies 96 — James Harden scored 31 points with eight assists, and host Houston earned its third straight win.

The Grizzlies entered the game allowing an NBA-low 89.2 points a game, but they had no answer for Harden. He did all his scoring in the first three quarters and reached at least 20 points for an eighth straight game.

Cavaliers 92, Bucks 80 — Dion Waiters scored 18 points and Cleveland snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory in Milwaukee.

CJ Miles added 16 points and Kyrie Irving had 15 for the Cavaliers, playing without starting center Anderson Varejao for the third straight game because of a bruised right knee.

Monta Ellis had a season-high 37 points for Milwaukee. The Bucks won the previous nine games against the Cavaliers.