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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

Gasol, Bryant pace Lakers in easy win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Pau Gasol dipped his shoulder and spun, taking two steps and throwing down a vicious reverse dunk from the other side of the rim.

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Comfort zone: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots a jumper over Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo in first-half action on Tuesday at Staples Center. Los Angeles beat Memphis 124-105. AP PHOTO

Sure, it was probably the most delicious moment in another game full of treats for the unbeaten Los Angeles Lakers. But Gasol insisted the move wasn't any sweeter because the posterized defender was his kid brother.

Kobe Bryant scored all of his 23 points in the first half, Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds against Marc, and the Lakers routed the Memphis Grizzlies 124-105 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win to open the season.

Gasol had another strong game after winning the season's first player-of-the-week award, adding five assists while jockeying for low-post position with his brother, who had 11 points and eight rebounds for Memphis.

"It's always more of a fun game for me to go against my former team and also my brother," Pau Gasol said before his mind went straight to that third-quarter dunk.

The Gasols got together Monday night for an expansive sushi dinner — "He can eat," Pau said — but the Spaniards didn't talk hoops. And even back home in Barcelona, they never play one-on-one for fun — only in real games.

"We're too competitive for that," Marc Gasol said. "We don't mess around, because we know one of us is going to be very mad and frustrated after the game, so we try not to talk about it before or after."

Pau and Marc famously switched franchises in the trade that sent Pau from Memphis to the Lakers three seasons ago, a twist of fate that used to bother Marc much more.

Lamar Odom had 17 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, while Bryant fell one minute short of matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the Lakers' franchise leader in minutes played because he sat out the fourth quarter.

Rudy Gay scored 30 points and Mike Conley had 16 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies.

Wizards 116, 76ers 115 (OT)

In Washington, John Wall starred in his home debut, leading the Wizards to an overtime win over Philadelphia and getting the better of Evan Turner in the first clash of the two top picks in this year's draft.

No. 1 choice Wall had 29 points, 13 assists, nine steals and eight turnovers, helping Washington to its first win of the season after two defeats.

No. 2 pick Turner, who came off the bench and wasn't a factor until the second half, scored all of his nine points in the fourth quarter and finished with six rebounds for the winless 76ers.

Celtics 109, Pistons 86

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Rajon Rondo had nine points and 17 assists to lead Boston over the hosts.

Hawks 100, Cavaliers 88

In Cleveland, Atlanta became the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference by downing the Cavs.

Heat 129, Timberwolves 97

In Miami, the hosts rolled to their fourth straight win by crushing Minnesota.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points, while LeBron James added 20 points and a game-high 12 assists — the most ever by a Heat forward, according to STATS LLC.

Trail Blazers 90, Bucks 76

In Milwaukee, Wes Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half while Brandon Roy added 17 points for a Portland team playing its third game in four nights.

Magic at Knicks — ppd.

In New York, the Orlando-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was postponed because of safety concerns after debris fell into the arena during overnight cleaning of asbestos-related materials.



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