Kobe Bryant scored 41 points while becoming the youngest player to reach 24,000, leading the shorthanded Lakers to a 114-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies last night in Los Angeles.
Ron Artest had 19 points and seven assists in the fourth straight win for the defending NBA champions, who played without injured big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
Lamar Odom managed just 3 points before fouling out on his 30th birthday, but Bryant carried the Lakers while reaching his latest scoring milestone 38 days before Wilt Chamberlain did. With a second-half surge, he even overtook Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson for 16th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.
Iverson had 8 points in 22 minutes coming off the bench in his third game with Memphis.
76ers 97, Nets 94 - Andre Iguodala scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer to give host Philadelphia the lead as the 76ers rallied past shorthanded New Jersey.
The Nets were without six players because of injury and had only a four-man bench. Even so, they led, 73-65, with 1:51 left in the third quarter.
After Brook Lopez (22 points) tied the game at 92 with a pair of free throws, Iguodala made a 3-pointer to put the 76ers up with 2:03 left.
Cavaliers 100, Knicks 91 - LeBron James scored 33 points in his only visit to Madison Square Garden this season.
One night after managing just 42 second-half points in an ugly home loss to Chicago, the Cavaliers rang up 40 in the first quarter, leaving New York fans with little left to do besides cheer for the Yankees players in attendance and enjoy another mesmerizing performance by James.
Trail Blazers 96, Spurs 84 - Brandon Roy had 24 points and five rebounds, Steve Blake added 15 points, and host Portland got a lift from their new-look lineup to beat San Antonio.
In an effort to shake up the Blazers’ stagnant offense, coach Nate McMillan inserted Andre Miller into the starting lineup, placing him in an expanded backcourt along with Blake and Roy.
Heat 96, Nuggets 88 - Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Jermaine O’Neal added 18 as Miami dealt visiting Denver its first loss of the season.
Denver (5-1) got 30 points from Carmelo Anthony and little from anyone else. Take away Anthony, and the high-powered Nuggets shot only 12 for 35 through the first 36 minutes, getting outscored, 14-0, over a six-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters.
Pacers 102, Wizards 86 - Tyler Hansbrough scored 13 points in his pro debut to help host Indiana win its second straight.
Hansbrough, the first-round draft pick from North Carolina, missed the preseason and the first four regular-season games with a right shin injury.
Magic 110, Pistons 103 - Dwight Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help host Orlando hold off Detroit.
The Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva scored 22 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. The Magic led by 19 early and never trailed.
Bucks 87, Timberwolves 72 - Andrew Bogut bested Al Jefferson inside with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Luke Ridnour had 16 points off the bench, and visiting Milwaukee used a 31-14 third quarter to top Minnesota.
Raptors 107, Hornets 90 - Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Toronto used a 27-4 run in the third quarter to take control in New Orleans.
Bobcats 103, Hawks 83 - Raja Bell scored 24 points, hitting 9 of 12 shots - including 5 of 6 from 3-point range - as host Charlotte looked nothing like the NBA’s lowest-scoring team in routing Atlanta.
Rockets 105, Thunder 94 - Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry scored 21 points apiece as host Houston extended its winning streak over the Oklahoma City franchise to 11 games.
Clippers 118, Warriors 90 - Chris