LA Lakers defeat 76ers, 111-98

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the 76ers, 111-98, Sunday in Philadelphia.

Dwight Howard chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who led, 60-50, at halftime.

The Lakers (11-14), who beat Washington, 102-96, on Friday night, won two in a row for the first time since a three-game streak from Nov. 16-20.

Nick Young paced the reeling Sixers (12-12) with 30 points and Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner added 16 apiece.

76ers point guard Jrue Holiday, who averages a team-best 18.4 points, missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left foot.


Raptors 103, Rockets 96 — Jose Calderon’s 18 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds led shorthanded Toronto over visiting Houston, giving the Raptors consecutive wins for the first time in eight months.

Alan Anderson had 24 points for Toronto (6-19), which hadn’t won consecutive games since April 13 and 15 of last season.

James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets (11-12).

The Raptors played their third consecutive game without Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry. Bargnani is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his right elbow and a strained right wrist, while Lowry has a tear in his right triceps.

Nuggets 122, Kings 97 — Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points, Danilo Gallinari had 18, and Denver built a big lead in the first half and cruised past host Sacramento.

The Nuggets scored 16 straight points to break away from a tie in the first quarter, and led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

Sacramento’s Aaron Brooks committed a hard foul against Andre Miller late in the first quarter and a mild altercation ensued involving DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets.

All four players were given technical fouls.

Trail Blazers 95, Hornets 94 — Rookie Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left and host Portland handed New Orleans its sixth straight loss.


After trailing by as many as 16, Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer for the Hornets (5-18) to tie it at 92 with 50.9 seconds left. Lance Thomas made a layup as time expired to provide the final margin.

J.J. Hickson had a season-high 24 points and added 16 rebounds for the Blazers (11-12).

Ryan Anderson had 26 points for New Orleans.

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