NBA roundup: Kobe Bryant, Lakers thwart Hawks

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scored 34 points in a 99-98 win over the Hawks.
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The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scored 34 points in a 99-98 win over the Hawks.

Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left, leading the Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Steve Blake stole Josh Smith’s final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers (30-30), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last 6 points.

Al Horford scored 24 points and Smith had 19 for the Hawks.


Thunder 108, Clippers 104 — Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City held off a late rally by host Los Angeles in a matchup of two of the West’s best teams.

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Serge Ibaka added 16 points as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid.

Chris Paul scored 26 points and Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford added 20 points apiece for the Clippers.

Heat 99, Knicks 93 — LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, and the Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory, rallying to win in New York.

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.


Pacers 97, Bulls 92 — David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 20 to lead host Indiana, which increased its Central Division lead over Chicago to four games.

The Bulls were led by Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler, who each scored 20 points

Rockets 136, Mavericks 103 — Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on 12 of 13 shooting and host Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dallas.

Spurs 114, Pistons 75 — Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and host San Antonio routed Detroit.

Grizzlies 108, Magic 82 — Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points and 11 assists as Memphis cruised past Orlando, which has lost 17 of its last 19 on its home floor.


Wizards 90, 76ers 87 — John Wall scored the game’s final 6 points after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with a sprained ankle, leading Washington past visiting Philadelphia.

Kings 119, Bobcats 83 — John Salmons scored 22 points and Jason Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead host Sacramento past Charlotte for its most lopsided win of the season.