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Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

Lakers end short skid with win over Rockets

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, Pau Gasol hit the go-ahead layup with 1:04 left in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from consecutive home losses with a 114-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

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Safe hands: Sacramento's Samuel Dalembert shields the ball from Boston's Kevin Garnett during the Celtics' 95-90 win on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Gasol had 26 points and 16 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 20 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in his return to the Lakers' starting lineup.

The two-time defending NBA champions finished their first overtime of the season on a 10-2 run, barely holding off injury-depleted Houston after losing to Sacramento and Boston in the previous four days.

Hornets 97, Wizards 89

In New Orleans, Jason Smith scored a career-high 20 points in a rare starting role and the Hornets defeated Washington and dropped the Wizards to 0-25 on the road.

Nick Young scored 30 points for Washington, which trailed by double digits most of the second half in losing its sixth straight overall.

Trail Blazers 99, Spurs 86

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 40 points along with 11 rebounds for Blazers against NBA-leading San Antonio.

Celtics 95, Kings 90

In Sacramento, Ray Allen scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists as Boston overcame a slow start.

Paul Pierce added 15 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 to help the Celtics (37-11) pull away in the fourth quarter and clinch the Eastern Conference's best record through games of Feb. 6. That means Boston's Doc Rivers will coach the East in the All-Star game in Los Angeles on Feb. 20.

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