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Friday, March 9, 2012

Big lead vanishes as Lakers defeated


WASHINGTON — Roger Mason led a spirited fourth-quarter comeback with nine points in the period, Kobe Bryant lost his shooting touch down the stretch, and the Washington Wizards rallied from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit Wednesday night to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101.

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Road woes: New York's Jeremy Lin puts up a jumper over San Antonio's Tim Duncan in the first half on Wednesday night. The Spurs won 118-105. AP

Mason hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, turning what had been a pro-Lakers scene into an unusually raucous show of home support for a team that's 20 games below .500. The same arena that rocked to "M-V-P!" for Bryant in the first half was bellowing "Beat L.A.!" in the final minute.

Nick Young scored 19 points for the Wizards, who beat the Lakers for the first time since 2006 — a stretch of nine straight losses. Trevor Booker had 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Kevin Seraphin scored a career-high 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

Mason also finished with 14 points, and John Wall had nine assists to help make up for four points on 1-for-8 shooting.

Bryant scored 30, but he went 1-for-10 from the field in the fourth quarter. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum scored 19 points for the Lakers, who dropped both ends of a road back-to-back.

Thunder 115, Suns 104

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, James Harden added a career-high 30 off the bench and the Thunder roared back for their 14th straight home win.

76ers 103, Celtics 71

In Philadelphia, Evan Turner scored a career-best 26 points, helping the 76ers rout Boston.

Jazz 99, Bobcats 93

In Charlotte, Al Jefferson had 31 points and nine rebounds as the Jazz controlled the paint, where they outscored the Bobcats 54-36 and outrebounded them 43-34.

Raptors 116, Rockets 98

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points as the Raptors used a rare offensive outburst to beat Houston.

Heat 89, Hawks 86

In Miami, LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points and set up Udonis Haslem for an alley-oop dunk with 12 seconds left.

T-Wolves 106, Trail Blazers 94

In Minneapolis, Wes Johnson scored 19 points to back Kevin Love's 29 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts.

Bulls 106, Bucks 104

In Milwaukee, Derrick Rose drilled a long jumper at the buzzer, powering Chicago.

Nets 101, Clippers 100

In Newark, New Jersey, Jordan Farmar hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 0.2 seconds left and the Nets squandered an 18-point, second-half lead before beating Los Angeles.

Spurs 118, Knicks 105

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 32 points and the Spurs dealt New York a third consecutive loss.

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 27 points and Jeremy Lin had 20.

Cavaliers 100, Nuggets 99

In Denver, Kyrie Irving hit a driving layup with 4 seconds left to cap a seesaw battle in the final minutes.

Kings 99, Hornets 98

In Sacramento, John Salmons made the go-ahead layup with 6.8 seconds left, Marcus Thornton scored 25 points, and the Kings snapped a four-game losing streak.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 92

In Oakland, Rudy Gay had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead Memphis to its fifth straight victory.

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