Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 17 points and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz, 102-84, Friday night in Los Angeles, snapping a four-game skid.
Dwight Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 15, and Pau Gasol added 15 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant had 14 points, a season-high 14 assists, and 9 rebounds to help the Lakers beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season. Utah’s four-game winning streak came to an end.
Grizzlies 101, Nets 77 — Marc Gasol had 20 points and nine rebounds and host Memphis built a 30-point lead in the second half in embarrassing Brooklyn.
Gasol was 10 of 15 from the field, all of his points coming in the first half.
Heat 110, Pistons 88 — Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help host Miami earn its fourth straight victory.
After falling behind by 9 points, the Heat outscored Detroit, 26-4, during a seven-minute stretch in the second quarter to take a 60-47 lead. Wade scored 15 points during the spurt.
Cavaliers 113, Bucks 108 — Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and host Cleveland rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Milwaukee.
Irving scored 16 points in the third quarter to help Cleveland get back in the game. He added 8 points down the stretch as the Cavaliers posted back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.
Thunder 105, Kings 95 — Kevin Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Martin scored 24 points, and visiting Oklahoma City overcame a slow start to overwhelm Sacramento.
Spurs 113, Mavericks 107 — Tony Parker returned from a cut above the same eye he injured in a nightclub incident last summer and scored 23 points to lead visiting San Antonio over Dallas.
Bulls 103, Warriors 87 — Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points and hit six of seven 3-pointers as host Chicago routed Golden State.
Rockets 100, Hornets 82 — James Harden had 30 points and Houston broke out of its worst slump of the season by beating host New Orleans. The Rockets had lost eight of nine.
Wizards 114, Timberwolves 101 — John Wall had 14 points and five assists in his first start of the season, and no-longer-last-place Washington finally hit double digits in wins with a victory over visiting Minnesota.