Howard hurt as Lakers lose fourth straight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 106-93 Wednesday night, handing the Lakers their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games.

Los Angeles lost its seventh consecutive road game, and center Dwight Howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder in the first half.

Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 12 points apiece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points. Randolph also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies had a 60-34 edge in the paint with Howard sidelined during the second half.

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers and Metta World Peace added 15.

Warriors 104, Thunder 99

At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 31 points and seven assists, David Lee finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Golden State outlasted Oklahoma City.

Lee helped the Warriors outrebound Oklahoma City's lengthy frontline 40-39 and made some big plays late.

Heat 123, Raptors 116, OT

At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double and Miami rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Toronto.

James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Miami, getting the last board on Toronto's final shot of the night.

Nets 91, Timberwolves 83

At Minneapolis, Brook Lopez strengthened his case for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping Brooklyn hold off Minnesota.

The Nets improved to 12-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, and they're 9-1 with their preferred starting lineup: Lopez, the NBA's highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans.

Suns 106, Kings 96

At Sacramento, Calif., Luis Scola scored 21 points and Phoenix won its first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter, beating Sacramento.

Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns outscored Sacramento 32-19. Marcin Gortat, Goran Dragic and Shannon Brown scored 12 apiece for Phoenix, which has won two straight road games but is 4-17 away from home.

Bulls 85, Pistons 82

At Chicago, Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a furious fourth-quarter comeback that carried Chicago past Detroit.

Joakim Noah sacrificed his body to save a loose ball, which Marco Belinelli converted into a game-winning basket with 7 seconds left. Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey each missed potential tying 3-pointers at the other end.

Hawks 104, Bobcats 92

At Charlotte, N.C., Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Atlanta snapped a six-game road losing streak with a win over Charlotte.

Nuggets 105, Rockets 95

At Houston, Ty Lawson scored 21 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and Denver pulled away in the third quarter against mistake-prone Houston.

Danilo Gallinari sank three 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who converted 28 points off 23 Houston turnovers to beat the Rockets for the fifth straight time.

Spurs 106, Hornets 102

At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 24 points and 13 assists as San Antonio rallied past New Orleans, overcoming the absence of Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich for its 15th straight win at home.

Jazz 92, Wizards 88

At Salt Lake City, Paul Millsap had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah hold off Washington.

The Jazz led by 22 points in the second quarter and 15 entering the fourth.


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