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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lakers edge Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kobe Bryant is happy to be done with the Golden State Warriors so the Los Angeles Lakers can prepare for what they might actually see come playoff time next month.

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Tough shot to block: New Orleans center Emeka Okafor shoots over Drew Gooden of the Clippers on Monday night. The Hornets won 108-100. AP PHOTO

Bryant scored 29 points and the Lakers dominated the boards to overcome a turnover-plagued night and beat the Warriors for the ninth straight time, 124-121 on Monday night.

Bryant said there was nothing to learn from a game where the Lakers committed 24 turnovers, outrebounded Golden State 56-25 and allowed 100 shots before holding on at the end for the victory.

"You're not going to see anything remotely close to this in the playoffs," he said. "Not even close. There's nothing you can gauge in this game. You just get out of here with a win and move on."

Pau Gasol scored 26 points, Andrew Bynum added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and 12 boards for the Lakers, who have won three straight following their first three-game losing streak in more than two years.

The Lakers led by 11 late in the fourth quarter but barely held on for the victory. It wasn't sealed until Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis missed 3-pointers in the final seconds. Ellis' last-ditch attempt bounced on the rim three times before falling aside at the buzzer, completing a 5-for-23 night.

Celtics 119, Pistons 93

In Boston, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Michael Finley scored 15 points apiece, and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Celtics coast to a victory.

Rockets 125, Nuggets 123

In Houston, Aaron Brooks swished a jumper with 2.9 seconds left and scored 31 points to help the Rockets snap Denver's six-game winning streak.

Jazz 112, Wizards 89

In Salt Lake City, Carlos Boozer scored 23 points, Deron Williams notched his 35th double-double of the season, and Utah ended a two-game losing streak by beating Washington.

Hornets 108, Clippers 100

In Los Angeles, David West scored 24 points and New Orleans snapped a seven-game road losing streak by completing a four-game season sweep of the Clippers.

Knicks 94, 76ers 84

In Philadelphia, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, Toney Douglas added 20 and New York won its second straight away from home.

Jayhawks on top

NEW YORK (AP) Kansas was on top of the preseason poll and the Jayhawks were in the same spot in the season's final Top 25.

The Jayhawks, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, were a unanimous pick Monday, their 15th week this season on top of the rankings. That matches Kansas in 1996-97 and Illinois in 2004-05 for the most weeks at No. 1 in a season since Duke ran the table in 1991-92.

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