NBA Roundup: Howard, Bryant lead Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, reaches for a rebound as New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant had 14 points and 11 assists in another pass-first performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 111-106 Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in five weeks.
Earl Clark had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, whose 18-point lead with 5 1/2 minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch Los Angeles' ninth straight win over New Orleans.
Eric Gordon scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Hornets, who were all but finished before making a 16-2 run in an electric 2 1/2-minute stretch. New Orleans got within one point on Greivis Vasquez's running jumper, but Clark hit an inside layup and Nash buried a 3-pointer with 1:21 to play.
TRAIL BLAZERS 106, MAVERICKS 104
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge hit a turnaround jumper at the final buzzer as Portland came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat Dallas.
Aldridge finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who trailed 101-94 with 2:18 left. J.J. Hickson had a season-high 26 points and 15 rebounds.
After Wesley Matthews made two free throws to pull Portland to 101-98 with 52 seconds to go, Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer tied the score.
Dirk Nowitzki answered with his own 3 with before Aldridge had a 3 to tie it at 104 with 4.9 seconds left. O.J. Mayo was called for charging with 1.5 seconds to go, and Aldridge hit his jumper after the inbound from Matthews with 0.2 seconds left for the victory.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 26 points for Dallas, which had won six of its last eight games.
BUCKS 117, PISTONS 90
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading Milwaukee past Detroit.
Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks, who led by as much as 29 points.
Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard.
The Pistons led by 15 points late in the first quarter, were outscored 78-40 over the next 25 minutes.
WARRIORS 108, CAVALIERS 95
CLEVELAND (AP) — Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points to lead short-handed Golden State.
The Warriors were missing three starters — guard Stephen Curry (ankle), centre Andrew Bogut (ankle) and forward Harrison Barnes (knee). Also, Carl Landry, one of the first players off Golden State's bench, didn't play because of a shoulder injury.
Still, Golden State shot 54 per cent and was 11 for 16 on 3-pointers, hitting the first nine from beyond the arc. Golden State took control in the second quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second half.
Jarrett Jack, starting at point guard in place of Curry, had 26 points and 12 assists, and David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, and Dion Waiters also scored 18 points.