Bryant’s triple-double leads Lakers over Houston
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Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets, 119-108, Sunday night in Los Angeles for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.
Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Pau Gasol scored his 15,000th career point among his 17 as the Lakers returned to .500 by running away from their second straight opponent since coach Mike D’Antoni took over their practices.
D’Antoni watched his second straight game from the Lakers’ locker room while interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff ran the bench. D’Antoni decided earlier Sunday to delay his debut, giving him a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery.
Chandler Parsons scored 24 points for the Rockets.
Knicks 88, Pacers 76 — Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds as host New York bounced back from its first loss by beating Indiana.
JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton 11 for the Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven. After falling, 105-95, at Memphis on Friday, the Knicks go back on the road for another three-game trip Tuesday in New Orleans.
Nets 99, Kings 90 — Andre Blatche scored 22 points as visiting Brooklyn beat Sacramento for its fifth straight win.
Deron Williams had 14 points and 10 assists for the Nets, whose longest winning streak last season was three games. DeMarcus Cousins had 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Kings, who have dropped five straight.
Thunder 119, Warriors 109 — Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists as host Oklahoma City beat Golden State. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points as the Thunder had a season-high 31 assists for the second straight game and had a season high in points.
Blazers 102, Bulls 94 — Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds as host Portland beat Chicago. Joakim Noah had 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists for Chicago.
76ers 86, Cavaliers 79 — Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead host Philadelphia over Cleveland. Alonzo Gee scored 17 for the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters combined for 14 points on 6-for-27 shooting for the Cleveland. They came in averaging 39.1 points, a league-best for a backcourt.
Raptors 97, Magic 86 — DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists as host Toronto beat Orlando.