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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Lakers roll on without ailing Bryant in lineup

LOS ANGELES (AP) Shannon Brown set career highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds while starting in place of the injured Kobe Bryant, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 104-94 on Tuesday night.

Andrew Bynum added 21 points and seven rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games because of a bruised right hip that still gives him discomfort. He was 8-for-11 from the field in 30 minutes.

Brown made his third start and had his first career double-double, scoring eight points in the final 1:13 while Bryant sat out his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.

"I didn't really know that Kobe was going to be out again, and that I was going to start until we had our pregame talk," Brown said. "I just tried to come out and be aggressive. That team was a great team for me to play against. They're the type of team that likes to get up and down, and I like to play like that."

The defending NBA champions have won all four games they've played without Bryant, who also was unable to play in the All-Star game.

Nets 103, Bobcats 94

In Charlotte, Courtney Lee scored 21 points, Devin Harris added 17 and New Jersey never trailed in beating the Bobcats.

Thunder 99, Mavericks 86

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and rookie reserve James Harden added 17 points.

Heat 105, 76ers 78

In Philadelphia, Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Miami cruised past the Sixers.

Bulls 118, Knicks 85

In Chicago, Derrick Rose made it look easy despite a bruised right hip, hitting his first nine shots and scoring 29 points to lead the Bulls against New York.

Pistons 108, Timberwolves 85

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Jonas Jerebko led a balanced offense with 21 points and Detroit pulled away in the second half to beat Minnesota.

Suns 109, Grizzlies 95

In Memphis, Jason Richardson scored 27 points, Amare Stoudemire added 21 points and 10 rebounds as Phoenix won its sixth game in the last seven with a victory over the Grizzlies.

Jazz 104, Rockets 95

In Houston, Deron Williams scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists, Mehmet Okur scored 21 points and Utah continued its midseason surge with a win over the Rockets.

Trail Blazers 109, Clippers 87

In Portland, Martell Webster scored 28 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 as the Trail Blazers cruised to a victory over Los Angeles.

Celtics 95, Kings 92

In Sacramento, Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce each scored 17 points, and Boston held off the Kings.

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