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Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
Lakers snap losing streak
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for a 96-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in another testy edition of their cross-hallway rivalry.
Andrew Bynum scored 19 points to help the Lakers snapped their three-game skid with their first win of the season over their fellow Staples Center tenants. The Clippers beat the Lakers twice in the preseason and again earlier this month, staking an early claim to L.A. superiority with their revamped lineup.
The Lakers aren't ready to cede the city just yet — and they were willing to fight for it. The clubs combined for six technical fouls, and the Lakers' Josh McRoberts was ejected.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Caron Butler and Mo Williams added 16 points apiece for the Clippers, who led for nearly every possession of the first 3½ quarters. Chris Paul had four points and 12 assists for the Clippers in his return from a five-game absence because of a strained left hamstring.
After trailing for all but the opening basket, Bryant put the Lakers in front with six points during an 11-4 run capped by Metta World Peace's 3-pointer with 3:30 to play. The Lakers nursed the lead into the final minute, when Bynum made a layup and blocked DeAndre Jordan's shot in the paint on consecutive possessions, essentially sealing the Lakers' ninth straight "home" victory in the building shared by these clubs.
The Lakers have won 10 of their last 11 home games since Christmas, and the Clippers still haven't beaten the Lakers twice in a row since the 2006-07 season. The Lakers still failed to score 100 points for the 12th straight game, matching their longest low-scoring stretch since early 2004.
Paul hadn't played since the Clippers' home victory over the Lakers 11 days ago, but his teammates stayed in first place in the Pacific Division during his absence.
Timberwolves 105, Mavericks 90
In Dallas, Kevin Love had 31 points and 10 rebounds after signing his new contract, and Minnesota handed defending the NBA champion Mavericks another unceremonious loss.
Heat 101, Pistons 98
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, LeBron James scored 32 points, including the game's last six from the free throw line, to lead Miami past Detroit.
Pacers 95, Bulls 90
In Chicago, Danny Granger scored 22 points Wednesday night and Indiana became the first visiting team to win on the Bulls' home floor this season.
Thunder, 101, Hornets 91
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead the Thunder to their 10th win in 11 games.
Cavaliers 91, Knicks 81
In Cleveland, Anderson Varejao had 16 rebounds, a powerful dunk down the stretch and outhustled New York's big men to help the Cavaliers end a four-game losing streak and hand the Knicks their seventh loss in eight games.
Spurs 105, Hawks 83
In San Antonio, Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair each scored 17 points, and the Spurs handed surging Atlanta its first lopsided loss of the season.
Wizards 92, Bobcats 75
In Washington, Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wizards past Charlotte in Randy Wittman's first game as the Wizards' coach
Nets 97, 76ers 90 (OT)
In Philadelphia, Deron Williams scored 34 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left in overtime, to lift New Jersey.
Bucks 105, Rockets 99
In Houston, Stephen Jackson and Brandon Jennings each scored 20 points, Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds after Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle, and Milwaukee snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Raptors 111, Jazz 106 (2OT)
In Salt Lake City, Jose Calderon hit a 3-pointer to tie it at the end of regulation and Toronto overcame an 18-point first-quarter deficit to beat Utah.
Nuggets 122, Kings 93
In Sacramento, Danilo Gallinari celebrated a contract extension by scoring 21 of his 23 points in the first half, and Denver routed the Kings for its fifth straight victory.
Warriors 101, Trail Blazers 93
In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored a season-high 32 points and added seven assists and six rebounds, and Golden State extended its recent home dominance against Portland.