Kobe Bryant scored 6 of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Lakers hung on for a 95-90 win over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night in Los Angeles in coach Mike D'Antoni’s sideline debut.
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a horrific 7-for-19 performance at the free throw line for the Lakers, who have won five of six and moved above .500 since firing Mike Brown.
Although D'Antoni is still unsteady on his surgically replaced knee, he coached Los Angeles to a narrow victory that snapped Brooklyn’s five-game winning streak.
Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers.
76ers 106, Raptors 98 — Jason Richardson scored 6 of his 21 points late in the fourth quarter, Nick Young had 23 off the bench, and host Philadelphia rallied to beat Toronto.
Jrue Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists and Thad Young scored 18 to help the Sixers win their third straight game.
DeMar DeRozan had 24 and Andrea Bargnani scored 22 for the Raptors, who are off to a 3-8 start. Jose Calderon, who had a season-high 18 assists in Toronto’s win over Orlando Sunday night, got 12 more to go with 13 points.
Trailing, 87-80, early in the fourth, the Sixers came back to win their first game in which they trailed after three quarters.
Knicks 102, Hornets 80 — Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and visiting New York extended New Orleans’s losing streak to four games.
Raymond Felton added 15 points, making five 3-pointers for New York, which hit 14 as a team.
Tyson Chandler grabbed 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who've won two straight since their first loss of the season and are 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history.
Austin Rivers added 14 points for New Orleans.