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  • Lakers hand Blazers seventh straight loss

  • LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Los Angeles capped a trying week with a gritty 111-107 victory over slumping Portland on Friday.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Los Angeles capped a trying week with a gritty 111-107 victory over slumping Portland on Friday.
    Hours after longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss was buried, and a day after a moving memorial service punctuated by eulogies from Bryant and other franchise greats, the team got back to basketball with a much-needed victory at Staples Center.
    Bryant scored 11 points in the final 51/2; minutes and the Lakers won for the seventh time in 10 games. They remained ninth in the Western Conference playoff race, 31/2; games behind Houston for the final spot with 26 remaining. Portland trails Los Angeles by 11/2; games.
    Antawn Jamison had 16 points off the bench, helping to hand Portland its season-worst seventh straight loss. The Trail Blazers have lost five straight road games and 10 of their last 11 away from the Rose Garden.
    J.J. Hickson had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, and Nicolas Batum also scored 22.
    Warriors 107, Spurs 101, OT
    At Oakland, Calif., Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds, David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards, and the Golden State Warriors rallied past the San Antonio Spurs in overtime to snap a 16-game losing streak in the series.
    Stephen Curry finished with 18 points and six assists to carry the short-sleeve-wearing Warriors from 13 points down in the fourth quarter. Golden State, playing without center Andrew Bogut, hadn't won against San Antonio since another overtime game at home — all the way back on Jan. 7, 2008.
    Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the NBA-leading Spurs, who had won five straight and 16 of 17 overall. San Antonio fell to 6-2 on its rodeo trip, which ends Sunday at Phoenix.
    Rockets 106, Nets 96
    At New York, James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points, and Houston tied its longest winning streak against any opponent by beating the Nets for the 13th straight time.
    Houston blew most of a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delfino hit a big 3-pointer with 1:54 left. He later made another jumper before Harden followed with a 3 to put it away.
    Bulls 105, Bobcats 75
    At Charlotte, N.C., Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Chicago routed Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats.
    With Jordan looking on from the end of the Charlotte bench, the Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Jordan, the Bobcats' owner and former Bulls star, left his seat with about 3 minutes left in the first half and didn't return.
    Raptors 100, Knicks 98
    At Toronto, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and Toronto handed New York its season-worst fourth straight loss.
    Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Amir Johnson 12 and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games.
    Thunder 127, Timberwolves 111
    At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.
    The Thunder avoided losing four in a row for the first time since April 2009, near the end of their first season in Oklahoma City, but made little progress in getting their defense back in order.
    Pacers 114, Pistons 82
    At Indianapolis, David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and the surging Indiana Pacers beat Detroit.
    Indiana has won three straight and eight of 10, including a 98-79 victory against Detroit on Jan. 30.
    Celtics 113, Suns 88
    At Phoenix, Jeff Green scored 31 points in his first start of the season as short-handed Boston routed Phoenix.
    Chris Wilcox had 13 points off the bench, and Avery Bradley and Jason Terry scored 13 each for the Celtics, who moved two games ahead of Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
    Wizards 119, Nuggets 113
    At Washington, Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Washington put on one of its best offensive shows of the season against Denver.
    The Wizards put seven players in double figures while taking down another contending team. They never trailed but had an 18-point fourth-quarter lead cut to two in the final minute. Bradley Beal had 17 points and a career-high 12 boards, Trevor Ariza scored 16 points and Martell Webster had 15.
    Hawks 122, Kings 108
    At Atlanta, Al Horford led Atlanta's balanced scoring with 24 points and the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat Sacramento.
    Jeff Teague had 20 points and 12 assists, Josh Smith added 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 for Atlanta, which had six players in double figures.
    Grizzlies 88, Magic 82
    At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards, and Memphis beat short-handed Orlando for its sixth straight victory.
    Mike Conley finished with 14 points and seven assists for the Grizzlies.
    Mavericks 104, Hornets 100
    At New Orleans, Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a 3-pointer that gave Dallas the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and the Mavericks held on to beat New Orleans for their third straight victory.
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for the Mavericks, while Elton Brand added 13 and Darren Collison 11, including a pair of key free throws in the final seconds.
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