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Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010

Lakers rout Kings, end four-game slide

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Pau Gasol added 16 despite a strained left hamstring, and the Los Angeles Lakers easily snapped a four-game losing streak with a 113-80 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

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Soaring in the lane: Houston's Courtney Lee goes up for a shot between Darrell Arthur (left) and Sam Young of the Grizzlies on Friday night. The Rockets won 127-111. AP PHOTO

Lamar Odom had 16 points and seven rebounds as the two-time defending champions capitalized on nearly optimal conditions for ending their longest skid since April 2007.

"We came out focused and we played aggressive from the first minute," Gasol said. "We kept our energy throughout the game, even in the fourth quarter."

Los Angeles jumped to an 18-point lead on lowly Sacramento in the first half and stretched it to 32 before Bryant and Gasol wrapped up their evenings late in the third quarter.

Jason Thompson scored 19 for the Kings, who have lost six straight and 12 of 13. Tyreke Evans added 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting, and Pooh Jeter scored 11 in 12 minutes of garbage time for Sacramento, which has lost eight straight to Los Angeles.

The Lakers reeked of veteran calm while dealing with their longest losing stretch since Gasol joined the team nearly three years ago — although a loss to lowly Sacramento would have been a valid reason to freak out.

Celtics 104, Bulls 92

In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 20 points with a season-high 17 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo scored 12 and had 19 assists to lead the Celtics to their sixth straight win by beating Chicago.

Ray Allen scored 14 and Paul Pierce had 18 for Boston, which never trailed.

Mavericks 93, Jazz 81

In Salt Lake City, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting and Caron Butler added 16 points as Dallas extended its winning streak to eight games.

The Mavericks also snapped Utah's seven-game winning streak.

Knicks 100, Hornets 92

In New Orleans, Amare Stoudemire had 34 points and 10 assists to power the Knicks, who are 11-9, to their eighth win in nine games.

Raptors 111, Thunder 99

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani had 26 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 22 points as the Raptors downed Oklahoma City.

Wizards 83, Trail Blazers 79

In Washington, the Wizards held Portland to 10 points in the third quarter and a season-worst 33.3 shooting percentage to win despite getting only 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and a career-low two assists from top draft pick John Wall.

Magic 104, Pistons 91

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Bass scored a career-high 27 points as Orlando overcame a stomach virus that sidelined four key players.

Rockets 127, Grizzlies 111

In Memphis, Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and matched his career best with 12 assists as Houston beat the Grizzlies.

Bobcats 91, Nets 84 (OT)

In Charlotte, Stephen Jackson scored 25 points and Boris Diaw added a career-best 16 rebounds as the Bobcats recovered from a fourth-quarter meltdown.

Hawks 93, 76ers 88

In Atlanta, Al Horford's three-point play with 31 seconds remaining gave the Hawks their fifth straight win.

Nuggets 109, Clippers 104

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and J.R. Smith had 21 as the Nuggets held off Los Angeles to win their sixth straight and give coach George Karl his 998th career victory.

Spurs 107, Timberwolves 101

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds to help the red-hot Spurs rally from a 15-point deficit and defeat Minnesota.

Suns 105, Pacers 97

In Phoenix, Channing Frye scored a season-high 29 points and Jason Richardson added 21 as the Suns rallied to beat road-weary Indiana.

Phoenix win again

The Japan Times

The defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix extended their winning streak to 12 games on Saturday, beating the host Saitama Broncos 73-71.

Wayne Arnold and Jeffrey Parmer scored 17 points apiece and Ray Nixon had 16 for the Phoenix (14-1), whose import players scored all but seven of the team's points.

Kenny Satterfield paced the Broncos (4-11) with 22 points and six assists, while Gordon Klaiber scored 14 and Bobby Nash had 11. Kazuya Hatano had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The complete roundup of Saturday's bj-league games and Ed Odeven's latest Hoop Scoop column are featured on The Japan Times' website.

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