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    Kobe-less Lakers down T'wolves

  • LOS ANGELES — Xavier Henry, the fourth player to start at point guard this season for the injury-ravaged Lakers, scored 21 points and Los Angeles began another long stretch without Kobe Bryant by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-91 on Friday night.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Xavier Henry, the fourth player to start at point guard this season for the injury-ravaged Lakers, scored 21 points and Los Angeles began another long stretch without Kobe Bryant by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-91 on Friday night.
    The Lakers returned from a 2-2 road trip and ended a three-game home losing streak. Pau Gasol, the only player to start all 26 games for the Lakers, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Nick Young scored a team-high 25 points off the bench, including a 4-point play that gave the Lakers a lead after Corey Brewer fouled him behind the arc with 2:37 left in the third quarter.
    Kevin Love scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds for Minnesota, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 13 boards, but Brewer finished with just five points after missing all eight field goal attempts.
    Point guard Ricky Rubio missed the morning shootaround because he wasn't feeling well. He played 30 minutes, finishing with six points, seven assists and six rebounds.
    Bryant is expected to miss at least six weeks because of a fracture in his left knee, which occurred Tuesday night at Memphis when he fell to the court late in the third quarter of the Lakers' 96-92 win. Fourth on the career scoring list, Bryant finished that game, hitting a clutch 3-pointer to help seal the win. But an MRI revealed the bad news on Thursday.
    Bryant missed the first 19 games of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that occurred on April 12 — with two games left before the playoffs.
    76ers 121, Nets 120, OT
    At Philadelphia, Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.
    Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead.
    Pacers 114, Rockets 81
    At Indianapolis, Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, leading Indiana to the rout of Houston.
    The Pacers ended their only two-game losing streak of the season and maintained their grip on the Eastern Conference's best record (21-5) with their most lopsided win of the season.
    Bobcats 116, Pistons 106
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally that carried Charlotte past Detroit after trailing by as many as 20.
    Heat 122, Kings 103
    At Miami, Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and Miami put up a season high for points in rolling past Sacramento.
    LeBron James had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds while sitting out the fourth quarter for Miami, which has won four straight overall and 18 of its last 19 against the Kings.
    Cavaliers 114, Bucks 111, OT
    At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug, leading Cleveland over short-handed Milwaukee.
    Irving played despite being ill the past two days and missing practice Thursday. The All-Star guard played 43 minutes and carried the Cavs to their fifth win in six home games.
    Raptors 109, Mavericks 108, OT
    At Dallas, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in overtime, to help Toronto edge Dallas.
    The Raptors held on despite 23 points and a huge fourth quarter from former teammate Jose Calderon.
    Suns 103, Nuggets 99
    At Denver, Markieff Morris scored 25 points and Gerald Green added 19, helping rally Phoenix past Denver.
    Goran Dragic contributed 17 points, including two big layups down the stretch, in the Suns' sixth win in seven games. They did most of their work behind the 3-point line, with Green tying a career-high with six. Phoenix was 12 of 34 from long range.
    Hawks 118, Jazz 85
    At Atlanta, Lou Williams scored 25 points and Atlanta continued its offensive upswing in cruising past Utah to win its third straight and for fourth time in five games.
    The Hawks never trailed and pushed their lead to double digits for good in the opening period.
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