Lakers hold off NBA-leading Thunder

Steve Nash (left) and Kobe Bryant combined for 38 points in the Lakers’ win.
Steve Nash (left) and Kobe Bryant combined for 38 points in the Lakers’ win.
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Kobe Bryant had 21 points, 14 assists, and 9 rebounds, Steve Nash added 7 of his 17 points in the final 5½ minutes, and the Lakers held off the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-96, Sunday in Los Angeles.

Pau Gasol scored 16 points in a reserve role as the Lakers picked up the most impressive victory of their thoroughly unimpressive season, coolly maintaining a small lead down the stretch of their second straight win after a four-game skid.

Los Angeles had lost nine of its previous 11 against the powerful Thunder, including four of five in the clubs’ second-round playoff series last spring.

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Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds for the road-weary Thunder, who finished their longest trip of the season at 3-3.

Knicks 106, Hawks 104 — Carmelo Anthony tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers, then converted a go-ahead 3-point play with 12.5 seconds left to cap a 42-point night and lead New York past visiting Atlanta.

The Hawks shot a season-high 60 percent from the field but had their three-game winning streak snapped when Josh Smith, burned on Anthony’s basket, missed a 3-pointer on Atlanta’s final possession.

Jeff Teague scored 27 points for the Hawks. Smith added 20 and Al Horford had 16.

Clippers 96, Trail Blazers 83 — Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine assists, and host Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak by beating Portland.

Mavericks 110, Suns 95 — Shawn Marion scored 18 points in his 1,000th game as Dallas beat Phoenix for the 10th straight time at home.

Pistons 104, Magic 102 — Brandon Knight had a career-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers, as visiting Detroit ended a two-game skid. Orlando’s J.J. Redick tied a career high with 31 points and set a career high with eight 3-pointers.

Hornets 91, Grizzlies 83 — Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers, and New Orleans won in Memphis. Fellow reserve Jason Smith was 5 of 7 from the field for 16 points.