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NBA roundup: Dwight Howard returns to lift Lakers

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds while Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers.

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Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds while Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a three-game injury absence, and the Lakers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers, who finally earned their first victory of 2013 while ending their longest skid since February 2007. Howard went 9 for 11 despite his injured shoulder while leading Los Angeles to a comfortable victory over the lowly Cavaliers, who beat the Lakers last month.

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Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters scored 15 points apiece for Cleveland, which has lost seven of nine.

Knicks 100, Hornets 87 — Carmelo Anthony, struggling to keep his energy up while fasting for two weeks, snapped out of a slow start by scoring 18 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and host New York ended its season-high, three-game skid.

Anthony missed seven of eight shots and scored 2 points in the first quarter of the noon start he dislikes, then outscored the Hornets by himself in the second period as the Knicks took the lead for good.

Brooklyn 97, Pacers 86 — Deron Williams had 22 points and nine assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and host Brooklyn rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to defeat Indiana.

Thunder 87, Trail Blazers 83 — Kevin Durant had 33 points and Oklahoma City snapped Portland’s nine-game winning streak at the Rose Garden.

Spurs 106, Timberwolves 88 — Tony Parker scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 15 as San Antonio stretched its home winning streak against Minnesota to 16 games. J.J. Barea scored 15 points, Nikola Pekovic had 14, and Luke Ridnour 13 for the Timberwolves.

Bucks 107, Raptors 96 — Brandon Jennings had 19 points and 10 assists, rookie John Henson scored 19, and visiting Milwaukee rallied from a 20-point first-quarter deficit to beat Toronto for the eighth straight time.

Nuggets 116, Warriors 105 — Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, Ty Lawson had 20, and host Denver rallied from an 8-point, fourth-quarter deficit for its season-high fifth straight win.

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