Shannon Brown scored a career-high 22 points, Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter last night in Los Angeles for a 98-92 victory over the Orlando Magic in the first rematch of last season’s NBA Finals.
Kobe Bryant scored just 11 points on 4-of-19 shooting, but his teammates carried the Lakers to their 18th win in 19 home games in a remarkable fourth-quarter rally led almost entirely by reserves.
Brown scored 9 points in the fourth, while Lamar Odom and Jordan Farmar combined to dominate the opening minutes of the final period.
Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Thunder 94, Hawks 91 - Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Jeff Green had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Oklahoma City ended Atlanta’s three-game winning streak.
Bobcats 105, Kings 103 - Gerald Wallace shook off an ankle injury to score 28 points, Raymond Felton finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, and Charlotte held off a furious Sacramento comeback bid to win its fifth straight and eighth in a row at home.
Wizards 97, Trail Blazers 92 - Antawn Jamison scored 21 of his 28 points after halftime, Caron Butler made two big baskets down the stretch, and host Washington put together rare back-to-back wins with a victory over Portland.
Timberwolves 108, 76ers 103 - Jonny Flynn had a career-high 29 points and nine assists and Minnesota rallied from 20 points down to defeat Philadelphia in overtime in Minneapolis.
Warriors 114, Bulls 97 - Monta Ellis (36 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds) and Corey Maggette (32 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists) led Golden State past visiting Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak.
Knicks 99, Pistons 91 - Nate Robinson scored 27 points to lead host New York to a split of a home-and-home series with Detroit.
Spurs 97, Hornets 90 - Tony Parker scored 25 points and San Antonio snapped a two-game losing streak, handing New Orleans a rare home loss.
Rockets 101, Bucks 98 - Luis Scola scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Aaron Brooks dished out 10 assists, and host Houston held off Milwaukee in overtime.
Grizzlies 125, Suns 118 - Rudy Gay scored 31 points, Zach Randolph added 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Memphis edged Phoenix to finish a four-game home stretch undefeated.
Clippers 106, Nets 95 - Chris Kaman had 22 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup, and host Los Angeles easily handled New Jersey to snap a four-game skid.